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.



Warrant No. 696 was issued on 4th June, 1789 to Bros. William Halliday; Michael McKay and Michael O’Hara to hold a Lodge in Mullyglass, Newry. This Warrant was sent in to Grand Lodge, in trust, on 7th January 1864, but was restored by an order of Grand Lodge on 7th November, 1867 and returned to a Bro. Williamson on 23rd November, 1867.

A total of 146 members were registered between 1789 and 1864. Forty-one members were registered between 1868 and 1875.

The Warrant was again sent in on 21st September, 1875 but restored once more on 6th October, 1898 to Bros. John McClenaghan; Samuel Linton and Alexander Whelan, all old members as well as twenty-two others.

The Lodge however did not open again after 6th October, 1898 and the 696 number remained dormant until the formation of ‘Mourne’ Masonic Lodge in Annalong.
17th April, 1945 - Printed form of Memorial for a new warrant to meet at Main Street, Annalong, Co. Down and to have the title “Mourne Lodge” –
Memorial signed by thirty-nine brethren from various Lodges and recommend Isaac Hamilton (P.M. 144) as first Worshipful Master; Francis John Charleton (144) as Senior Warden and Wm. James Caren (142) as Junior Warden. The Memorial was recommended by Lodges 144, 142 and 377 and the Provincial Grand Master of Down.