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BARCLEY LODGE NO. 90
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Barclay Lodge No. 90
History of the ritual
The History of Barclay Lodge # 90, compiled by James N. Cates and his father Joseph M. Cates in 1979, reports that Arrowsmith Lodge No. 62—whose porch books and other assets are noted as being in the possession of Barclay Lodge—was the "forerunner" of Barclay Lodge.
Cumberland Lodge No. 26, having geographic jurisdiction at the time, was asked to approve the formation of Arrowsmith Lodge No. 62, and did so.
The History of Barcley Lodge # 90 notes many members of Arrowsmith Lodge No. 62, instituted 19 October 1911 in Alberni, signed the petition for Barclay Lodge after Arrowsmith's charter was revoked on 19 June 1919. Although a full list of the founding members of Barcley Lodge is not included in the "History", it is noted that there were twenty-two, eight of whom had been members of Arrowsmith and later became Masters of Barclay.
Of the twenty-two petitioning brethren for the formation of Arrowsmith Lodge, seven were from BC lodges (three of those from from Ashlar Lodge), three from Ontario, two from Alberta, five from Nova Scotia, and one each from England, Scotland and Ireland, but only two were from the USA—Wisconsin.
The "History" only noted the adoption of the American Work. It is not defined as the Barney ritual. The officers and members of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 visited to exemplify the third degree on 2 October 1920.
Ashlar Lodge No. 3 was formed when Nanaimo Lodge No. 3 consolidated with Caladonia[n] Lodge No. 6 on 8 December 1873. In 1893 the Grand Lodge Committee on Uniformity of Ritual had recommended (among other things) that while there should be no change made in the work as practiced by existing lodges, that new lodges should be required to select and work in one of the three rituals then practiced, namely the "English" as practised by Victoria-Columbia No.1; the "Scottish" as practised by Ashlar No. 3 and the "Canadian" as practised by Cascade No. 12.
RW Bro. Doug Greer reports that this American ritual was brought by RW Bro. Jonathon Nutt of Cariboo Lodge No. 4, from California. To determine exactly which ritual this was would require a careful comparison of texts. Although other Californians had brought the same ritual to Vancouver Lodge No. 2, in Victoria, research may uncover variations.
There being at least three versions of Barney's ritual, and various other published monitors based on Webb, it may be impossible to determine exactly which work was used by Ashlar Lodge in 1873. A review of the earliest published California monitor may be revealing.
William Adam compiled a 26 page History of Ashlar Lodge, No. 3 in 1921, available in the Library at Grand Lodge.

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