Theres mony a badge thats unco braw;
Wi ribbon, lace and tape on;
Let kings an princes wear them a,
Gie me the Masters Apron!
Theres many a badge
With ribbon, lace and tape on;
Let kings and prices wear them all,
Give me the Masters Apron!
The Masters Apron
Robert Burns (1786)
(1759-1796) was initiated as an Entered Apprentice at Lodge St.
David in Tarbolton on July 4, 1781 at the age of 23. He was passed
to Fellow Craft, and raised a Master Mason on October 1, 1781. In
his poetry, Burns upheld the Masonic ideals of Liberty, Equality and
Religious Toleration. He is celebrated as the Poet Laureate of
What is Freemasonry?
been defined as a system of morality, veiled in allegory. Simply
stated, it is a society of men who symbolically apply the tools of
operative masonry, to the speculative science of character
building. It is often said that the goal of Freemasonry is to take
good men and make them better. Freemasonry is the oldest, largest,
most respected and, at the same time, the most dreaded Fraternity in
It is respected for its ideals of
Liberty, Equality and Religious Toleration. But it is hated equally
by both Religious Fundamentalists, and Anti-religionists; by
Anti-religionists, because no Atheist can be made a Mason, and by
Religious Fundamentalists, because in a just and lawfully
constituted lodge of Freemasons, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus,
and all who acknowledge the Great Architect of the Universe, sit as
The history of
Freemasonry can be divided into three (3) distinct categories or
periods; the Ancient or Legendary, the Medieval or operative and
the Modern or speculative. The first refers to the building of the
Temple of King Solomon, the second to the tools of medieval
stonemasons, and the third to the spiritual application of
As the members of the ancient guilds
were initiated into their craft, so to are Freemasons initiated into
the degrees of their Craft. When stonemasons set about the task of
building a castle or a cathedral, they erected temporary shelters
called lodges. Likewise Freemasons conduct their meetings in
a building called a lodge. And, like operative stonemasons,
Freemasons wear as the uniform of their craft, a ceremonial apron
which, in the case of Freemasonry, is made of white lambskin, or an
The ancient stonemasons guilds received
entered apprentices, who were trained to become fellows of the
craft, to one day be elevated to the status of a master mason.
Likewise, after submitting a petition to a just and lawfully
constituted lodge of Freemasons, a candidate becomes an Entered
Apprentice, is passed to Fellow Craft, and raised a Master Mason.
Freemasonry is not a secret
society. Freemasons openly identify themselves as Masons, and
proudly wear the square and compass, which has become one of the
most recognized insignia in the World. Our buildings are clearly
marked. We are listed in the phone book. We sponsor public
fundraising efforts to support Masonic Homes, Shriners Hospitals,
and a variety of programs to benefit the disadvantaged.
a society that has secrets. But our rituals, hailing signs,
penal signs, pass words and grips, are revealed to our members at
each degree of their initiation into greater Masonic Light. And, as
they progress, candidates are presented the working tools of the
operative mason, the square, the compass, the 24 inch gage, the
common gavel, the level, the plumb and the trowel, and they are
taught their spiritual application for the speculative mason.
Many aspects of
Masonic Ritual have worked their way into our common language; we
work toward making a square deal, conducting our business on the
level, we seek to subdue our passions, when we share a
confidence, we guard against eavesdroppers, when we are deceived,
we claim that we have been hoodwinked, if someone is excluded from
membership in a group, he is blackballed, and when we are
subjected to a severe line of questioning, we complain that we are
being given the third degree.
In any bookstore,
you can purchase one of a number of books about the history of
Freemasonry including A Dictionary of Freemasonry and
Duncans Ritual. Truth be told, with the arrival of the
Internet, Masonic ritual books and Masonic handbooks can be ordered
online, and the purchaser is never asked to prove whether or not he
is a Mason. Opponents of Freemasonry have gone so far as to have
actually posted, word for word, the rituals of Freemasonry, complete
with the secret words and pass words, and with illustrations of the
grips and pass grips, on several websites.
So what do
the Scots have to do with Freemasonry, and what does
Freemasonry have to do with the Scots?
The Knights Templar
During the first
millennium of the Christian era, many of the devout made pilgrimages
to Jerusalem. Palestine was under Arab control from 637 AD. The
Islamic world considered Jesus of Nazareth a prophet, but second to
Mohammed, and permitted Christian pilgrims free access to all of
their holy sites. The Christian residents of Palestine established
small hospitals in order to provide for the pilgrims needs. In 1046
the merchants of Amalfi, Italy established the Hospital of St. John
of Jerusalem. The hospital was staffed by brothers who served under
no particular religious order.
In 1076 the
Ottoman Turks invaded Palestine and proceeded to persecute the
Christian community and defile all Christian shrines. A pilgrim who
was known as Peter the Hermit, returned to Western Europe, and began
to preach a crusade to free the Holy Lands from the Turks. He led a
mob to toward Jerusalem, but remnants of this Peoples Crusade were
annihilated by the Turks at Nicaea.
Pope Urban II
(1042-1098) assembled a Council at Clermont, France in 1095 to
organize a Holy War. The First Crusade set out for Palestine the
following year under the leadership several nobles. After capturing
Nicaea and Antioch, they marched through the deserts and mountains
of northern Palestine. A Christian army of 20,000 arrived at the
gates of Jerusalem on June 7, 1099. The city was surrendered on July
Nearly twenty years later, in 1118, nine
Christian knights formed a fighting unit to patrol the roads of
Palestine, and escort pilgrims on their journey. Their leader was a
Burgundian knight by the name of Hugh de Payens (? -1136), and they
called themselves The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ. Baldwin II,
the Christian king of Jerusalem, assigned them quarters on the
Temple Mount, near the Dome of the Rock, at the former site of
The knights expanded their title to The
Poor Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, which was later
shortened to The Knights of the Temple and eventually, The
Knights Templar. Later study of the Temple Mount reveals that the
Templars embarked upon an ambitious excavation project under the
site of Herods Temple. What they may or may not have found there is
the subject of much speculation.
By 1165 the
Knights Templar were firmly established in Jerusalem, and throughout
Europe. When a nobleman joined their ranks, he surrendered his
castle and properties to the Templars, who used revenues that were
generated to purchase armor, weapons, horses and ships that were
used to carry pilgrims, troops and commercial cargoes across the
Mediterranean from France to Italy, Palestine, Spain and beyond.
From the highly fortified harbor of La Rochelle, it is alleged they
were able to conduct trade with the British Isles, Greenland and the
North Americas. The Templar Fleet exceeded that of any state at that
time. For the purposes of defense, the Templar fleet included a
number of highly maneuverable war galleys fitted with rams.
Templar are credited with the development of modern banking. A
pilgrim could, at the beginning of his journey, deposit his money
with the Templars. He would receive a letter of credit, with
markings known only to the Templars, against which he could draw
what he needed, as he proceeded to and from the Holy Lands, without
fear of having all of his money stolen along the way.
King Philip IV
(1268-1314), known as Philip la Bel, or Philip the Fair, of France,
was envious of the popularity and wealth of The Knights Templar.
France was bankrupt, Philip was a weak and unpopular king, he was
deeply in debt to the Templars, and he sought to secure the wealth
of the Templars for himself. In 1307 King Philip IV persuaded Pope
Clement V that the Templars were practicing blasphemous rituals,
preaching heresy and engaging in homosexuality.
Pope Clement V
(1260-1314) condemned the Templars as heretics and on Friday the
13th of 1307 King Philip IV of France ordered simultaneous raids on
all Templar priories in France. Hundreds of Knights were captured,
including The Grand Master, Jacques de Molay (1244-1314). But word
of the raids was received in advance, and hundreds more Templars
fled from France, or melted into the general population, and the
Templar fleet disappeared.
Templars were tortured in order to extract confessions that would
fit the charges leveled against them. In 1310 fifty-four Templars
were burned at the stake in order to force confessions from the
remaining Templars in French custody. Jacques de Molay was burned at
the stake in 1314. As the flames rose about him, de Molay pronounced
a curse upon King Philip IV and Pope Clement V. Both died within the
year. Neither the King, nor the Pope, captured the Templar treasury
or the Templar fleet. But thereafter, Vatican shipping came under
the attack of privateers, flying the Templar maritime flag, a black
banner with a skull and crossed bones.
Bruce of Scotland
One year prior to
the meeting between King Philip IV and Pope Clement V, where they
plotted the destruction of the Templars, Robert the Bruce
(1274-1329), grandson of Robert Bruce, who had contended with John
Balliol for the crown of Scotland in 1292, murdered his rival, John
Comyn, in a church in Dumfries on February 10, 1306. The Pope who
ordered the destruction of the Templars excommunicated Robert the
On June 24, 1314,
(The Feast of St. John), an English army under King Edward II, that
had arrived to relieve Stirling Castle, was defeated by Robert the
Bruce at Bannockburn. Legend has it that knights, who appeared on
horseback, in the flowing cassocks of the Templars, aided the Bruce
in the defeat of the English cavalry. Edward II only narrowly
escaped with his life and, to this day, the Battle of Bannockburn
stands as the most single important military victory in all of
The Battle of
Bannockburn occurred only seven years after the disappearance of the
Templars and the Templar fleet. Like the Templars, Robert the Bruce
was under Papal proscription. Like the Templars, Robert the Bruce
had been excommunicated. It has been said that, The enemy of my
enemy is my friend, and there is no reason why the Bruce would not
have welcomed the support of Warrior Knights who, like himself, were
at odds with the Roman Church.
It is now
believed that part of the Templar fleet sailed northward along the
west coast of England, through the North Channel which separates
Scotland from Ireland, avoiding Ireland, (which was firmly under the
control of the Roman Church), to arrive north of Glasgow in Argyll,
in the vicinity of the town of Oban. This is supported by the fact
that Templar graves, marked with slabs of stone, and bearing the
outline of a Templar sword, are found in Argyll. Similar graves are
found in the vicinity of Rosslyn, south of the city of Edinburgh.
It is impossible
to tell the story of Freemasonry, without telling the story of Clan
Prince Henry St.
Clair, Earl of Orkney, offered refuge to the Templars upon his land
in Scotland. In 1398, one hundred years before Columbus arrived in
the New World, Henry St. Clair sailed to what is known today as Nova
Scotia. His arrival was recorded in the tribal history of the
of his expedition to the New World is found in Rosslyn Chapel, which
is, in actuality, a Templar shrine. In addition to the Pre-Christian
Green Man, scenes from the Old and New Testaments, and decorative
elements of the Knights Templar, there are representations of maize
and aloe, which would have been unknown prior to Henry St. Clairs
arrival in the New World.
In 1440 William
St. Clair, grandson of Prince Henry St. Clair, began the
construction of Rosslyn Chapel on the floor plan of the Third
Temple, built in Jerusalem by Herod, and destroyed in the First
Century by the Romans, where it stood upon the Temple Mount, which
was later controlled by the Knights Templar. According to History of
Clan Sinclair, masons working on the project were given The Mason
Word by William St. Clair, in order to preserve the secrets of the
Templars that Rosslyn was built to house.
As was suggested
earlier, what may, or may not, have been housed at Rosslyn Chapel is
the subject of much speculation. It has been theorized that
everything from the Ark of the Covenant, to the Holy Grail, to a
Secret Testament of Jesus, to the Genealogy of the Descendants of
Jesus and Mary are hidden beneath the floor of Rosslyn Chapel.
What is certain
is that on the lower frame of the window in the southwest corner of
Rosslyn Chapel, there is a carving of the Masonic First Degree. The
image is that of a man kneeling between two pillars. He is
blindfolded and has a noose around his neck. His feet are in an
unnatural position. In his left hand he holds a Bible. The end of
the noose is held by a man who is wearing the mantle of the Knights
This image serves
to raise the question, Which came first, Freemasonry or the Knights
Templar? In 1738, three hundred years following the construction of
Rosslyn, Pope Clement XII (1652-1740) who, ironically, shared his
name with Pope Clement V, who had condemned the Knights Templar 400
years earlier, condemned Freemasonry on the grounds that it was
descended from the Knights Templar.
year, in 1737, a prominent Freemason, Andrew Ramsay (1686-1743), who
was known throughout his adult life as Chevaliers Ramsay, and who
served as the Scottish tutor of Prince Charles Edward Stuart,
delivered an address, which has come to be known as Ramsays
Oration. He declared that Freemasonry had originated among
Crusader Knights who had formed themselves into lodges of St.
John. Furthermore, Ramsay stated that Scotland had been absolutely
instrumental in preserving Freemasonry from the Crusades to the
present. Although Ramsay took pains to avoid using the word
Templar, it appears that Pope Clement XII had made the connection.
(1722-1776), the Baron von Hund und Altengrotkau, went so far as to
declare, Every Mason is a Templar. Baron von Hund claimed that
exiled Scottish nobles in Paris had initiated him into a Templar
Masonic Order in 1742. He further claimed, that he had been
authorized to reform Freemasonry, by restoring it to its Templar
roots, but that he had lost contact with his superiors, following
the failure of the Jacobite Uprising of 1745.
What is certain
is that Scottish Freemasonry predates English
Freemasonry. Rosslyn Chapel was begun in 1440. In 1483 the burgh of
Aberdeen is recorded as having been involved in the resolution of a
dispute between six masons of the lodge, not stonemasons, not
craftsmen, but masons of the lodge. As Freemasonry began to
spread, new lodges were established throughout Scotland, candidates
were initiated, and given The Mason Word. The earliest surviving
Lodge Minutes from Edinburgh date from 1599.
James the VI
(1566-1625) of Scotland was made a Mason at the Lodge of Scoon and
Perth in 1601. In 1602 the Lodges of Scotland affirmed William St.
Clair of Rosslyn as the Hereditary Grand Master Mason of Scotland
from Time Immemorial. It was not until 1603, when James VI of
Scotland, became James I of Great Britain, that he took Freemasonry
to England. In 1641, nearly forty years later, Sir Robert Moray
(1608-1673) is recorded to have been the first man to have been made
a Mason on English soil.
The Scottish Rite, and the French Connection
The Earl of Mar
(1675-1732) led an uprising for Prince James Stuart, The Old
Pretender, in 1715. Jacobus being the Latin for James,
his followers are referred to as Jacobites. Within a year,
the Jacobite Uprising of 1715 was subdued, Prince James and the Earl
of Mar escaped to France, and the Jacobite army simply disbanded and
dissolved. The Masonic Lodges in England began to disclaim their
In 1717 the Grand
Lodge of London was formed and English Masons took pains to deny any
Jacobite connections. The first National Grand Lodge was formed in
Ireland in 1725 and in 1736 the Grand Lodge of Scotland was formed
in order to counter Londons expansionism. It was also in 1736 that
another William St. Clair of Rosslyn, who had inherited the title of
Grand Master Mason of Scotland, relinquished his hereditary rights
in favor of elected officers
Edward Stuart (1720-1788), or Bonnie Prince Charlie, or The Young
Pretender, raised his standard at Glenfinnan on August 19, 1745.
The Jacobite army proceeded to take Perth, Edinburgh, Prestonpans
and Carlisle, and reached into England as far south as Derby, only
150 miles from London. In the absence of a promised invasion from
France, and with only limited support from English Jacobites, the
Jacobite army withdrew north to Scotland. On April 16, 1746
Government forces under the command of the Duke Cumberland defeated
the Jacobite army at the Battle of Culloden. Prince Charles Edward
Stuart, and a number of his supporters, escaped to France.
In Paris in 1758,
The Grand Council of Emperors of the East and West organized a
Rite of Perfection, consisting of 25 degrees, the highest being
The Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. Jacobite expatriates took
an active part in creating the Rite, and many saw in its symbolism
the return of the Stuart kings to the throne of Great Britain.
Council of Emperors of the East and West granted a patent to
Etienne Morin in 1761, permitting him to bring this Rite to the New
World. Morin spread the Rite to the West Indies and North America
from his base in the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican
Republic. In 1783 Isaac de Costa, one of the deputies commissioned
to establish the Rite in other countries, formed what were called
Scottish Rite bodies in South Carolina, which later became the
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction. With the
formation of the Supreme Council in continental America, 8 more
degrees, the so-called Continental High Degrees, were added to the
original 25 degrees, to make the 33 degrees of the modern Scottish
The Scottish Rite
Creed of Freemasonry is as follows:
progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom
of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all
people everywhere our ultimate goal.
The Least You
Need To Know
Scotland is where
the Templar Knights found refuge following their excommunication.
Scotland is where the Templar graves are found.
Scotland is where the Sinclairs built a shrine on the floor plan of
Scotland is where the first images of New World flora such as corn
and aloe are found.
Scotland is where the practices of speculative Masonry are first
Scotland is where the future King James I of Great Britain was made
Scotland is where the Jacobites began to formulate what was to
become the Scottish Rite.
Scotland is where the Poet Laureate of Masonry, Robert Burns, was
Freemasonry and the American
Go to the center of Government in the
State of Indiana, the Indiana Statehouse, which is located on the
northwest corner of Washington and Capitol. And there, standing in
the south lawn, is a larger-than-life figure of the Father of our
country, George Washington.
Is he wearing the uniform of the
Commander in Chief of the Continental Army? No. He is in civilian
dress. But take a closer look. What is that under his coat? He is
wearing an apron, a Masonic apron. And what is he wearing about his
neck? A medal won through the trials of military conflict? No. It is
a compass, with the sun at its center, the jewel of the office of
Worshipful Master, the presiding officer in a Lodge of Freemasons.
And in his right hand he is holding a gavel, which rests upon a
pedestal, which is another symbol of the office of Worshipful
Reach into your pocket and pull out your
billfold. Take from it a One Dollar Bill. And there, on the front,
you see the image of the Father our Country, George Washington. Turn
the bill over. There you see the obverse, and the reverse sides, of
the Great Seal of the United States.
On the right side of the bill you see
the image that appears in the carpet of the Oval Office, and upon
the lectern, whenever the President of the United States addresses
the Nation. We see the Bald Eagle, our national symbol, holding in
its right claw, an olive branch with thirteen (13) leaves,
representing our peaceful intentions, and in its left claw, thirteen
(13) arrows, representing our ability to wage war in our own
defense. Over the eagles breast, we see a representation of our
national banner, with thirteen (13) stripes of red and white under a
field of blue, and over the eagles head, we see a constellation of
thirteen (13) stars. In its beak, it holds a scroll which bears the
inscription, E Pluribus Unum, or Our of the many, One.
But look at the mysterious, and seldom
displayed, image on the left side of the bill, which, reading left
to right, is actually the first thing that you see. A pyramid with
thirteen (13) steps, or thirteen (13) tiers, with the Roman numerals
MDCCLXXVI chiseled into its base. The thirteen (13) steps, or
thirteen (13) tiers, represent the thirteen (13) original colonies
or states, and MDCCLXXVI represents 1776, the year that the original
thirteen (13) colonies declared themselves free and independent
states. But what is that at the top of the pyramid and what does the
scroll at the bottom say?
The pyramid is surmounted with an image
familiar to all Freemasons. It is called The All-Seeing Eye, and
it a representation of the Deity, by whatever Name you choose to
call Him, who is the Great Architect of the Universe. The scroll at
the bottom bears the inscription, Novus Ordo Seclorum, or The New
Order of the World. But this has nothing to do with the Trilateral
Commission or with President George Herbert Walker Bushs
proclamation of A New World Order. The Vision is much greater than
Does Freemasonry have anything to
do with the American War of Independence?
George Washington was a Mason. On
the night before he crossed the Delaware, he insisted that only
Masons be posted as sentries, because they were the only soldiers he
felt could be trusted. He served as Master of his Lodge in
Alexandria, Virginia. At the laying of the cornerstone of the
Nations Capitol, Washington wore his Masonic apron. When offered a
third term as President of the United State, he declined, upholding
the Masonic tradition that no man is greater than the office in
which he serves. Upon his death, Washington received Masonic rites,
and was carried to his grave by six Masons dressed in aprons. And in
every just and lawfully constituted Lodge in the United States, the
Worshipful Master is seated to the East, the Senior Warden is seated
in the West and the Junior Warden is seated in the South. There is
no officer seated in the North, but upon the North wall, there hangs
a portrait of George Washington, in full Masonic regalia.
Benjamin Franklin was a Mason. He
was selected to serve upon the committee, which drafted the
Declaration of Independence, and was one of nine (9) Masons to sign
John Hancock was a Mason. He was
the President of the Continental Congress, which approved the
Declaration of Independence, and was the first of nine (9) Masons to
Patrick Henry was a Mason. He was
a member of the Continental Congress, and is credited with
spurring the formation of the Virginia militia with his speech at
St. Johns Church, in which he declared, Give me liberty or give me
John Paul Jones was a Mason. He
was a Scottish born seaman and privateer, (which is simply another
word for pirate), who was to become The Father of the US
Major General Henry Knox was a
Mason. He was the owner of a bookshop, who learned about cannons and
mortars from the books that he read, and became The Father of the
Marquis de Lafayette was a Mason.
He was the French nobleman and soldier who became a great supporter
of his friend, and Brother, George Washington.
Major General Israel Putnam was a
Mason. He commanded the troops at Bunker Hill and is remembered for
his orders, Dont fire until you see the whites of their eyes!
Paul Revere was a Mason. He was a
member of the St. Andrews Lodge of Boston, where he met John
Hancock and Samuel Adams, and acted as one of the Indians in the
Boston Tea Party. He is credited with the famous midnight ride of
April 18, 1775.
Does Freemasonry have anything to
do with the American War of Independence? Freemasonry has
everything to do with the American War of Independence, and with
the struggle for freedom and equality, for men and women of every
race, religion and creed throughout the World, and that
Vision of liberty and justice for all is the New World Order
for which we are striving, to this very day.
Clay Smith, son of Mr. & Mrs.
Merritt W. Redd Smith, and brother of Robin Rea Smith, has been
selected for inclusion in Marquis Whos Who in America,
Whos Who in the World and Whos Who in Finance and Industry.
He was born in
Rushville on June 12, 1955, lived in Knightstown for five years, and
moved with his family to Indianapolis in 1960 where his father was a
Vice President in the National Accounts Division of Indiana National
Bank and, later, President and CEO of Baldwin & Lyons, an insurance
underwriter for the motor carrier industry.
John Strange Elementary School, Eastwood Junior High School, and
graduated from North Central High School on June 5, 1973, where he
was a sprinter on the 1972 Indiana State Champion Track & Field Team
and Coach of the Special Olympics Team of the Washington Township
Training Center for Mentally Retarded Children.
Indiana University in August of 1973, pledged the Sigma Chi
Fraternity as a triple legacy, and was initiated as the Outstanding
Pledge of the Lambda Chapter of Sigma Chi on January 20, 1974.
He served as two
term Chapter Editor of The Lambda Larynx newsletter, Head
Waiter and Supervisor of the Sigma Chi kitchen staff, and graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Indiana University School of
Liberal Arts, having completed the requirements for a major in
Religious Studies, and a minor in Sociology, on May 15, 1977.
Carson has, since
1995, pursued a career as an Industrial Sales Representative for
Exotic Automation & Supply, formerly known as Exotic Rubber &
Plastics Corporation, headquartered in Farmington, Michigan.
He is the Account
Manager for DaimlerChrysler Kokomo Transmission and Casting, and the
Indianapolis Foundry, Subaru Indiana Assembly, Delphi Delco, Delphi
Energy, Guide Corporation and Visteon Electronics in Indiana, and
Honda Engine and Transmission, Behr Thermal Products, and Ford
Sharonville and Batavia Transmission in Ohio.
Carson is a
descendant of Clans Chattan, MacPherson, Mackintosh, MacNicol and
MacRae, a Charter Life Member of the Scottish Society of
Indianapolis and a member of the Scottish Society of Greater
Bloomington, the Caledonian Society of Cincinnati, the Scottish
Society of Louisville and the Council of Scottish Clans and
He has served the
Scottish Society of Indianapolis as the first Editor of The
Thistle newsletter, the first donor of books and recordings to
the Society library, the first elected Vice President and the only
President of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis elected two
consecutive years in two separate terms in office (1991-92 and
He was author of
The History of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis, The
Biography of Thomas H. (Tommy) Thompson, The History of the
Kirkin o the Tartan and The Table Grace of the Scottish
Society of Indianapolis, the designer of www.indyscot.org and a
participant in the creation, and revision, of the Societys
contributed toward the acquisition of historic lands at Culloden and
on the Isle of Skye, was proposed for election as a Fellow of the
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in recognition of his efforts to
preserve Scottish history and culture (2001), and participated in
the first National Symposium for Scottish American Leaders (2003).
He served as
President of the Clarence A. Cook Chapter of the Sons of the
American Revolution (1991 and 2003-04), and President of the Indiana
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (1993-95), he was a
founding member of the INSSAR Color Guard and author of The
Biography of Compatriot Clarence A. Cook (1871-1962).
He has received a
number of commendations from the Sons of the American Revolution
including the Patriot Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the
Good Citizenship Medal, and letters of thanks from the President
General of the National Society and Presidents of the Indiana
Society and the Clarence A. Cook Chapter of the SAR.
Carson is a
student of life and political writings of Thomas Jefferson, he has
been a regular contributor to AM radio programs, and written opinion
pieces that have been published in USA Today, Human Events,
The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News,
Citizen Magazine, The Christian Advocate and NUVO
He was raised a
Master Mason, at the Calvin W. Prather F&AM Lodge No. 717 in
Indianapolis, on April 29, 2004. That very evening, he submitted his
petitions, and his initiation and membership fees, for the York
Rite, the Scottish Rite and the Mystic Shrine, and applied for Life
Membership in the Philalethes Society. Carson runs six
miles daily with his wife, Patty, a Bayer Pharmaceutical Rep, on the
Monon Trail, where they met on March 27, 2000, and enjoys
representing Clan Chattan, and running the Kilted Mile, at Scottish
Festivals and Games.