Mourne Masonic Lodge No. 696 Annalong.

The Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Mourne Masonic Lodge No. 696 welcome you to their website.


Lodge 696 is warranted on the roll of the Grand Lodge of Ireland in the Province of Down.


We hope you enjoy your visit here and look forward to you visiting us on a regular basis.



The accompanying Memorial for a Warrant.

The accompanying Memorial for a Warrant was laid before Lodge 144, Lodge No. 142, Lodge 377 at their stated communications held on 26th day of March 1945, 13th day of March 1945 and on the 17th day of April respectively.


When it was resolved that the same be recommended to the favourable consideration of Grand Lodge.

Annalong Fish Night.

The Lodges' October communication plays host to the annual "Annalong Fish Night".


This is a spectacular feast of seafood that is donated by the members of the Lodge. "Annalong Fish Night".


This event has become well renowned in the local Masonic calendar and is looked forward to with great anticipation by members and visitors alike.



Freemasonry has been present from the late 18th Century in the Mourne area. From its beginning 4 lodges have been warranted by Grand Lodge. In 1852 these lodges joined the newly constituted Provincial Grand Lodge of South Down, later to become the Provincial Grand Lodge of Down in 1868.
Lodge 144      

The Warrant was issued to Alex. Chesney (Lodge 697), Thos. Spence (Lodge 116 America) and Robt. Nugent (Lodge 933) to form `Zion Lodge' in Kilkeel, Co. Down, 6 September 1810. The lodge still operates today and celebrated 200 years continuous labour in 2010.

Lodge 696
Our own Mourne Masonic Lodge founded 1945.      
Lodge 755      

The Warrant was issued to Bros. Isaac Lee, Jno. Kirkpatrick and Alex. Chesney to hold a Lodge in Kilkeel Co. Down 2nd February 1792

The Warrant was cancelled and returned to Dublin 7th October 1813.

Lodge 840

The Warrant was issued to Bros. Owen Faloon, Nat. Moore and Jas Forsyth to hold a Lodge in Kilkeel, Co. Down, 7 July 1796.

The Warrant was transferred to Newcastle in 1832.