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JAMES VI
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RELIGION
Contract or Mutual Agreement of 1658
The Contract or Mutual Agreement of 24 December, 1658,1 claims that on 15th April 1601 James was initiated by his own Royal Master Mason, John Mylne II, noting on page 45:
"And his sone, Johne Milne being (after his fathers deceis—preferred to the said office, and Mr. off the said Lodge in the reigne of his majestie King James the Sixt of blessed memorie, Who, by the said second Johne Mylne, was (be the King’s own desire) entered ffrieman, measone, and fellow craft. And during all his lyftyme he mantayned the same as ane member of the Lodge off Scone...."
Edward Macbean claims that the initiation of James VI, King of Scotland, is apocryphal, 2 and it must be noted that there is no primary source documentation.

1. History of the Masonic Lodge of Scoon and Perth No. 3 (The Lodge of Scone), D. Crawdord Smith. Perth: Cowan & Co., Limited, 1898 340pp. p. 45, 49.
2. "The Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland," Edward Macbean [Junior Warden of Quatuor Coronati Lodge]: "...we may remark that the reception of the Scottish King is generally considered apocryphal." Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, vol. vii, London : 1894. p. 105.

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