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Why Red Aprons?

Why Red Aprons? Perhaps, for the benefit of the non-Mason, I should answer the question "Why do masons wear aprons?" first. Briefly, although there is much debate about where modern Freemasonry comes from, I think it is fair to say that Freemasons wear aprons as a symbolic link to the operative masons who built castles and cathedrals in the middle ages. Early (17th Century) Freemasons wore plain aprons that were made of lamb skin, but these evolved into more elaborate hand painted and decorated examples. In 1731 the Grand Master, his Deputy and the Grand Wardens (then the only "Grand" Officers) were permitted to line their white leather aprons with blue silk. Masters and Wardens of particular Lodges were allowed to line...

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