Right Worshipful Brother Robert T. Bashford, current Secretary of the Irish Lodge of Research No 200 I.C. and Editor of The Irish Chapter of Research.
Rt. Wor. Bro. Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He spent 4 years on The Younger Master Masons of Antrim Committee, researching and publishing their report on the state of Irish Freemasonry in the 1980’s. This research led to the adoption of a number of structural changes at Lodge, Provincial Grand Lodge and Grand Lodge, leading ultimately to the adoption and publication of “The Way Forward” document.
He served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget 280 in 1990 and was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master’s Personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro. Darwin Templeton M.W.G.M. In the year 2000 he served as Master of the Irish Lodge of Research and the following year 2001, he took over as Excellent King of the Irish Chapter of Research No 222 I.C.
After serving as Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research for some 24 years, he has now been elected to the position of Lodge Secretary in the Lodge. He is still serving in the Chapter of Research as Editor. He has just finished a ten year appointment as
Representative of The Grand Lodge of Portugal at The Grand Lodge of Ireland and retains the title of Right Worshipful as an acknowledgement of this service to his Constitution. He currently occupies the position of Provincial Librarian and Archivist
of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim.
Robert is a well known Irish Masonic Researcher, having spoken to Masonic gatherings throughout Europe and beyond. In 2011, he was one of the Researchers who took part in the Indiana Initiative, preparing a one hour video taped presentation, which was hosted onto the Web in Indiana and received some 60000 views, since its delivery in 2011. He is currently involved with the Summer Workshops organised on the coast of Athens over the last two summers.
He runs a very successful historical Irish Masonic website, which can be found at www.irishfreemasonry.com where he covers areas of interest to the membership of the Irish Constitution.