Freemasonry

   A secret society apparently introduced in the Re public during the second decade of the 18th century. The fraternity was suppressed by the States of Holland in 1735. However, several years later, new lodges were founded and tolerated by the authorities. During the 19th century, Freemasonry enjoyed royal patronage in the person of Prince Frederik (1797–1881)—a brother of King William III — who from 1816 served as grandmaster-general for more than half a century. Freemasons now have some 6,000 members organized in 146 lodges in the Netherlands.

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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