About Us

The Royal Lodge of Friendship is based at the Gibraltar Masonic Institute.

Gibraltar has a very long association with Freemasonry and for a territory little larger than the City of London it has remarkable number of Craft Lodges and other Masonic orders. The District Grand Lodge celebrated 250 years in 2002.

Gibraltar is unique, in that, in such a small area there are three District Grand Lodges, English, Scottish and Irish, hence the three emblems on the GMI badge. Our Installation Nights are therefore extremely interesting for visitors, where else can you see three District Grand Masters attending along with visiting Masters from other Lodges.

The Royal Lodge of Friendship has a Royal Arch Chapter and a Mark Masons Lodge with the same number, 278.

We had until recently two Past Deputy District Grand Masters, (English Constitution) within our ranks, W.Bro. Joseph Henry Bautista MBE PJGD (d.2014) and W.Bro. Joseph Isaac Benrimoj PAGDC (d.2014) within our ranks.

Famous Masons

There have been, and still are, many famous Freemasons including Kings and Prime ministers of the United Kingdom, Presidents of the U.S.A. actors and sports stars.

Freemasonry in Gibraltar, and the Royal Lodge of Friendship in particular, is no exception. Apart from the unique record of have four Victoria Cross holders amongst it’s ranks the Royal Lodge of Friendship has included: H.R.H. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, became a member in December 1875, later becoming a Permanent Honorary Member in 1880. In 1903 Prince Arthur became Grand Master, English Constitution, and The Lodge of Friendship was granted the royal prefix.

Charles Warren was elected Master of the Lodge in December 1862 and served for one year, he worked on the survey of Gibraltar from 1861 to 1865 during which time he was very active within the Lodge. General Sir Charles Warren as he later became enjoyed an illustrious career, he was an officer in the Royal Engineers and later in life Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis during the time of the Jack the Ripper murders. In 1867 he conducted the first major excavation of Jerusalem during which his most significant discovery was a water shaft, known today as Warren’s Shaft, and a series of tunnels underneath the Temple Mount. From 1908 he was involved with Lord Baden Powel in the creation of the Boy Scout Movement.