“There’s scarcely a United Irishman who is not a Mason, nor a Mason who is not both.”

The government Spy, John Henry Smith, alias Bird, reporting from Belfast to Dublin Castle, in 1796.

John Craig Lyttle

The author is a Law graduate of the Ulster University Jordanstown, at which he is a Guest Law lecturer in Specialist fields, a past graduate of Queens University, Belfast, and Master of Social Science in Criminal Justice Management & Criminology. A Freemason for some 25 years he is a past Master of Lodges in Counties Antrim and Down.


A member of a number of different branches of the Masonic Order, he is a Past Officer of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim and is currently a Provincial Grand Inspector in that Province. A writer and amateur Irish historian he has received no assistance, financial or otherwise from any official body or group including the Ulster- Scots Agency in compiling or funding the publication of this book.