Error in Royal Freemasons

Discussion in 'Masonic Education' started by Visiphon, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Visiphon

    Visiphon Registered User

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    So I was reading a book by G. W. Speth published by the Masonic Publishing Company, Royal Freemasons: Sketches of Scions of Reigning Houses in Europe, Who Have Donned the Lambskin Since 1717, and I found what I belejbe to be an error. Undoubtedly many more people have seen and corrected this error, although I'd thought I'd point it out:

    In the section of the book concerning Prussia and its royals, they mention a brother of Friedrich II (Frederick the Great) who Speth calls Heinrich Wilhelm. Apparently Heinrich Wilhelm was initiated by the King Frederick into the Masonic Fraternity in 1740 and was a member of "Royal" Lodge. Here's the thing, this guy never existed. I find it odd that Speth, or anyone for that matter, could have been so mistaken.
     
  2. SørenSweR(I)

    SørenSweR(I) Registered User

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    Dear brother, our history books tell of a "Prinz Albert Wilhelm Heinrich von Preußen" which means "Prince Henry of Prussia". He is listed as "Inspector General of the Marine - a younger brother of the German emperor Wilhelm II and a prince of prussia". A career naval officer, he held various commands in the imperial German navy, and finally rose to the rank of Grand Admiral.
    I believe he could be the man you mention.


    Fraternal greetings from Denmark
     
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  3. Visiphon

    Visiphon Registered User

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    Thank you, I did consider the possibility that Speth could have been referring to the person you named, but after looking at the information he gave under the new, and the placement in the publication, I am more inclined to beleibe that the person, if he did indeed exist and wasbtw listed out of error, lived during the 1700s.
     
  4. Visiphon

    Visiphon Registered User

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    Nonetheless, thank you for the help.
     
  5. SørenSweR(I)

    SørenSweR(I) Registered User

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    Anytime.
     

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