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Location address: UK, Scotland, Kilwinning
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Kilwinning is notable for housing the original Lodge of the Freemasons. When the Lodges were renumbered, Kilwinning was kept as Lodge Number ‘0’, the Mother Lodge of Scotland. The origin of the Lodge is unclear with the first documentary evidence being a mention in The Schaw Statutes of 1598 and 1599 which identify it in its first paragraph as the “heid and secund ludge of Scotland”.
Linked themes: Religion
The ancient name of the town is ‘Segdoune’ or ‘Saigtown’, probably derived from ‘Sanctoun’, meaning the ‘town of the saint’. Saint Winning’s festival was on 21 January and the year of his arrival from Ireland was 715 AD. The site for the first church and later the abbey was revealed to Saint Winning by an Angel in a vision.
Kilwinning (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Fhinnean) is an historic town in North Ayrshire, Scotland. About 21 miles south of Glasgow, It is known as The Crossroads of Ayrshire. Kilwinning was also a Civil Parish. The 2001 Census recorded the town as having a population of 15,908. At the 2011 Census Kilwinning had a population of 16,109.
Lodge Mother Kilwinning is a Masonic Lodge in Kilwinning, Scotland, under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. It is number 0 on the Roll, and is reputed to be the oldest Lodge not only in Scotland, but the world. It is thus styled The Mother Lodge of Scotland attributing its origins to the 12th Century, and is often called Mother Kilwinning.