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Freemason: Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Blake Bowden

Staff Member

December 30, 1865 - January 18, 1936

Born in Bombay, India, Rudyard Kipling was educated in England, returning to India in 1882. As a poet, author, and recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, he published over 80 stories and ballads. Most of his work celebrated the English Empire and its soldiers in India.
Although only active masonically for a few years, Freemasonry’s effect can be noted in many of his works.

His autobiography also has a number of references to Freemasonry.

Initiated: April 5, 1886 (by dispensation)
Passed: May 3, 1886
Raised: December 6, 1886
Demitted: March 4, 1889
Hope and Perseverance Lodge No. 782. E.C.
Lahore, India
Joined: July 8, 1909
Sociata Rosicruciana in Anglia
Honorary Member:
Author’s Lodge No. 3456, E.C.
Motherland Lodge No. 3861, E.C.
Founding Member (January, 1922):
The Builders of the Silent Cities Lodge No. 12, St. Omer, France, F.R.