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  1. On 2/21/2024 at 5:37 AM, Kate said:

    However, the whole purpose of forums having moderators is to enforce good forum etiquette.

    I have no intentions of being the forum police, at all. Hate, personal attacks, and terrorist threats will not be tolerated, of course.  However, this forum is a free exchange of ideas and I am not going to get involved in who anybody likes or dislikes. I do not care. I'm definitely not going to enforce a rule that we all have to agree on everything or have to have some kind of proper tea party manners. 

    If a thread ventures off that is just the reality of how the B'Hive is and I am not going to spend time trying to keep it tidy based on what I think or anybody else does. Nobody owns a Topic, and as far as I am concerned we are all equals here and free to share our thoughts. Having respect for Francis Bacon is the requirement, within that requirement the range is wide and varied on what people believe. Nobody is required to read what another person says. 

    Right now we have 639 Topics and over 12,000 Posts. There is a lot of great content and tons of clutter. The Search works very well and Google indexes all of it. I pay out of pocket for the forum software and license, the backups, hosting, and volunteer my time to keep it running. I lose sleep thinking and worrying about the B'Hive sometimes, like last night and I have an overwhelming amount of pressure on me today. 

    I apologize for posting long confusing replies that are annoying to some. That's just how I am, and I am just being who I am among my Baconian friends (I like to think anyway). Should we reconstruct the forum and have a RoyalCraftiness forum, a Kate forum, an Eric forum, and so on? Really?

    I wish everybody would quit whining and pouting over silliness. You all's lives must be pretty boring right now if what happens here gets you so upset. Please don't take this forum that serious, its supposed to be enjoyable. Maybe it is a giant confusing mess, so what. Let it evolve naturally as it has since the first day. The B'Hive is a living entity in my mind and I love everything about it. Bacon would be proud of us for what we are doing. And we all know Bacon would appreciate the Baconian position that RC delivers whether it makes us uncomfortable or not.

    My head hurts.

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  2. Posted to SirBacon.org What's New today is a fascinating and powerful essay by Christina G. Waldman.

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    My late friend Sam had two favorite authors, William Butler Yeats and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. The latter wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago. I have not read the latter, but the former was memorable. Solzhenitsyn’s essay, “Live Not by Lies,” was published February 12, 1974, the day after he was exiled from Russia. In it, he urges people to “never knowingly support lies.” Read more…>>



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  4. 50 minutes ago, Kate said:

    I don't think the latter was aimed at me. I believe it was another of your digs at others on here, but that in itself was so disappointing.  I thought better of you. For the record I personally have not unconditionally accepted many things about Bacon or things posted on here, so please could you desist in publicly casting your views about those who post on this forum as if you know what is in others people's minds, and indeed that you know everything and are unequivocally right.

    Kate, you nor anyone EVER in this forum should feel they are attacked. 

    Discussing and even debating ideas is allowed and encouraged, of course. Any kind of disrespectful comments or "digs" against another member is NOT encouraged nor is allowed. Even if by accident one must be careful and professional, worthy of even being here to not make another member feel attacked. (I am setting the rule for myself as well; Light-of-Truth).

    The boundaries have been vague, let me define them:

    Any B'Hive member who attacks another B'Hive member will be warned once, then suspended on further violations if not banned. 

    This forum will not become a Jerry Springer grade lowlife venue for trash drama. Period.

    Is there anybody who disagrees in our intimate collection of members who post?

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    by Richard Allan Wagner (2015)

    Hopefully you have come to this essay because you’re truly interested in the history and meaning of Freemasonry.

    If, however, you’re looking for another Masonic conspiracy theory, you’ve come to the wrong place.

    TRUE, this article is uniquely different from all of the rest…

    but I must warn you that it reveals truths and facts about Freemasonry that most Masons simply do not know. In fact, the information contained here is radically different from everything average, garden variety Masons are taught or understand.

    How can that be?

    Well, let’s just say that the VAST MAJORITY of Masons are extremely (and blissfully) ignorant of their “Masonic Heritage”.

    You see, most Masons are in the “Fraternity” for the purpose of belonging to a “Good Ol Boys Social Club”, which is perfectly fine, but that’s basically it.

    Now understand, I’m not here to put Freemasonry down, after all, I’m a Mason.

    Actually, I’d like nothing more than to see Freemasonry receive a much needed jolt to its lethargic and virtually dormant mindset so as to awaken it from its current slumber. Also understand that just reading all of the books and online articles about Freemasonry will NEVER deliver a thorough understanding of it.

    IF YOU’RE NOT A MASON, I guarantee you cannot possibly understand what it’s all about—YOU HAVE TO BE ONE IN ORDER TO GET THE COMPLETE PICTURE.

    However, if you’re not a Mason this essay will still provide crucial insight into the True meaning of Freemasonry.

    Having said all that, let’s get to it…

    because what you’re about to learn (whether you’re a Mason or not) is THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF SPECULATIVE FREEMASONRY.

    How and Where Did It All Begin?

    Ask any Mason the above question and he’ll likely tell you that (in accordance with “Masonic tradition”) it all began (a) with the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and (b) Masonic knowledge was somehow transmitted over a vast time to take root in the “operative” stone masons guilds of medieval Europe—culminating in the founding of the English Grand Lodge of “Free and Accepted Masons” in 1717.

    Some Masons will even go so far as to allude to extremely vague words, names and phrases from the Old Testament in a vain attempt to legitimize the claims of “Masonic tradition”.

    The problem with “Masonic tradition”, however, is that it rests on supposition rather than historical fact—starting with the mythical story of Hiram Abiff who, according to Masonic tradition, was the “Grand Master” architect who oversaw the construction of King Solomon’s temple.

    Of course there’s no historical, archeological or even biblical evidence to support the Hiramic myth.

    And yet, this myth is the centerpiece for the traditional view of the origin of Freemasonry and its fundamental meaning.

    Freemasonry has always referred (unofficially) to various ancient esoteric schools of thought as the foundation of its philosophical tenets.

    Among these are Egyptian Hermeticism, the Pythagorean-Orphic mystery schools, and the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition.

    But none of them make any mention of Hiram Abiff.

    Furthermore, the “Regius poem”, AKA the “Halliwell Manuscript” (circa 1390) is understood to be the oldest genuine record of the “Masonic Craft” known to exist.

    Yet it says absolutely nothing of Hiram Abiff or the building of King Solomon’s temple.The glaring lack of evidence to support the existence of the Hiramic myth by the early fifteenth century is only too obvious.

    Clearly, the story of Hiram as the founder of Freemasonry hadn’t yet been conceived—who invented him, and why?

    Enter Francis Bacon

    Over the centuries, the personal details of the lives of many great historical figures have been obscured, distorted or deliberately swept under the carpet.

    Such is the case with Francis Bacon.

    As extraordinary as it may seem, there is an avalanche of hard, tangible evidence that supports the following:

    (a) Francis Bacon was a secret son of Queen Elizabeth I—which made him an heir to the Tudor throne, and

    (b) he was the genius behind the creation of the collective works ascribed to the literary name “William Shakespeare”, and

    (c) he was the creator of modern “Speculative Freemasonry” along with the Hiramic myth.

    I realize that, for many people, this information may seem like a bizarre pill to swallow.

    For those who are not already familiar with these facts, see the specific details and hard evidence set forth in my book The LOST SECRET of William Shakespeare @ www.thelostsecretofwilliamshakespeare.com.

    Read On

    The Rosicrucian Movement and its Impact on Bacon and Freemasonry

    Some eighty three years prior to the writing of the Regius Poem (which basically provided a constitutional outline for early Masonic philosophy and principles) the medieval Order of the Knights Templar had been viciously attacked and torn asunder by the Catholic Church.

    The surviving members of the Order scattered throughout Europe seeking refuge in secret underground enclaves.

    The Church had declared an all-out war against all progressive scientific and philosophical thinking deemed to deviate in the slightest degree from Catholic dogma—the great inquisition had arrived.

    Those who were accused of, or believed to be harboring heretical beliefs were condemned to be burned alive at the stake. As a result, most of Europe’s leading minds became members of a loosely knit secret society generically known as the “Invisible College” or the “Great Society”—but in truth it was the precursor of what would become the Rose Croix or Rosi Cross Order (the Rosicrucians).

    Ironically, this secret underground movement, which made great advances in the arts and the sciences, was unwittingly sponsored by rich patrons of the Church—indeed by the Church itself—all under the guise of producing religious art.

    The underground “Rosicrucian Movement” became the exact cause of the Italian Renaissance. Great Renaissance masters such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo took special delight in secretly thumbing their noses at the Church by hiding heretical esoteric messages in their work.

    The flow of esoteric thinking that bridged the latter part of the sixteenth century into the seventeenth century brought about the intellectual explosion of the English Renaissance, which spawned revolutionary innovations in literature, science and social philosophy, with Francis Bacon as its supreme architect.

    He would fuse the Rosicrucian and Masonic esoteric traditions together, raising them to a new synthesis of knowledge and understanding that hadn’t been seen before.

    Francis Bacon at the age of seventeen

    In the late 1500’s, Dr. John Dee was widely recognized as the preeminent authority on all esoteric knowledge. Additionally, he served as one of Queen Elizabeth’s chief spies.

    Furthermore, as a mentor to the prodigious young Francis Bacon, Dee’s influence was immense.

    By his early teens, Bacon, with his stellar mind, had far surpassed everything England’s leading educators and scholars could possibly throw at him.

    For the world, Bacon was already an intellectual force to be reckoned with. Dee’s guidance helped to shape what the French would refer to as “the jeweled mind”.

    The Rosicrucian light was handed from one master to another.

    Jacob Cat’s engraving (titled “Lampado Trado”) shows John Dee
    passing the lamp of Rosicrucian light to Francis Bacon over an open grave

    The “Great Instauration”, Bacon’s Grand
    Masonic Plan for the Enlightenment of Humanity

    In 1593, Bacon wrote: “I claim all knowledge to be my province”.

    He wasn’t joking.

    As far as he was concerned, all of the classical knowledge, wisdom, science and literature of ancient Greece and Rome had died out long before his time, only to be buried and left like a rotting corpse to decay—lost to the ages. Bacon would spend the rest of his life laboring at something he called his “Great Instauration”—a highly ambitious and dynamic plan to restore the decayed knowledge and wisdom of the classical past—then take it all to soaring new heights. The “Instauratio Magna” would serve as the foundation upon which Bacon, with the assistance of his “Fra Rosi Cross” brethren, would create an entirely new way of thinking that would have a dramatic impact on all future human endeavor.

    The implementation of the Great Instauration first required organization and structure.

    Until Bacon took hold of the reins of the Rosicrucian Movement, it had lacked any semblance of cohesion or direction. Early on, young Bacon understood the need to transform the primitive and deficient English Language into a dynamic medium that would be capable of conveying highly sophisticated ideas in the same manner as the classical Latin Language.

    Bacon further understood that the most efficient way to disseminate a new English Language to the illiterate masses was to unleash it through the sheer power of the theater.

    To that end, he devised a new form of play writing inspired by his adopted muse, the Greek goddess Pallas Athena, AKA “The Spear Shaker”.

    The first “Shakespearean” work, Venus and Adonis, was published anonymously.

    Then, as other poems and the plays began to unfold, the pseudonymous name of “Shake-Speare” or “Shakespeare” began to emerge. In order to better understand why the name “Shakespeare” ascribes to Bacon’s muse Pallas Athena (the Spear Shaker) and NOT the man from Stratford, refer to Chapter 1 of The LOST SECRET of William Shakespeare at www.TheLostSecretOfWilliamShakespeare.com.

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    For Bacon, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry were intricately related.

    In fact, Rosicrucian and Masonic philosophies are essentially the same.

    Moreover, both traditions share many common symbols and metaphors—and furthermore, both traditions made use of the rich new language engendered in the Shakespearean canon. By all accounts, the Shakespearean works introduced thousands of new words into the English Language. By design, the sumptuous language of Shakespeare was the perfect vehicle for espousing Masonic-Rosicrucian principles and ideology (see Chapter 23 of The LOST SECRET of William Shakespeare).

    By the age of fifteen Bacon was thoroughly schooled in Rosicrucian ideology and he had begun work on a project he would eventually call The Advancement of Learning.

    Aside from Shakespeare, this would be a life long labor. The Advancement of Learning emphasized a new line of scientific reasoning Bacon referred to as natural philosophy—years later it would all morph into his seminal work the Novum Organum which laid the foundation for the modern inductive scientific method. But at fifteen, Bacon wasn’t yet a Mason.

    One morning in late 1576, Queen Elizabeth packed young Bacon up and personally shipped him off to France.

    Her reason for such action may well have been prompted by Bacon’s discovery of his royal parentage. Whatever the reason, Elizabeth definitely wanted young Bacon out of her hair. Moreover, she also wanted him to get a good dose of what life was like abroad—and she wanted him to spy on foreign governments and officials in the same capacity as John Dee. Under Dee’s tutelage, Bacon had already learned how to weave coded cipher messages into all of his correspondence and writing. Eventually, he would invent newer ways to transmit ciphered messages.

    At the age of seventeen, Bacon was initiated into the Order of Operative Masonry.

    In earlier years, the Operative Masons had been the builders of Europe’s grand cathedrals. Because of their affiliation with the defunct Knights Templar, they were as much at odds with the Church as the rest of the underground movement. The only way they could maintain their existence was to “ACCEPT” affluent noblemen who had NO experience or background in the craft of stone masonry into their ranks. Like all Operative Masons before them, “accepted Masons” were allowed to choose a symbolic mark that would individually distinguish them from all others. To this very day, we can easily view the personal identifying marks of real Operative Masons chiseled in the stone blocks of Europe’s towering cathedrals Bacon created his own mark, then deliberately flaunted it in his 1597 French publication of his Advancement of Learning.

    The bold front cover page of the 1597 French publication of
    The Advancement of Learning in which Bacon’s Masonic “I M” mark is displayed

    The audacious 1597 French publication of The Advancement of Learning is significant for two essential reasons:

    (a) in the large, center oval, the Fleur-de-lis, crowned with a coronet, is prominently displayed—an important symbol of the Prince of Wales (heir to the English throne), and

    (b) beneath the Fleur-de-lis rests a smaller oval (similar to an Egyptian cartouche).The letters I M are wedged between the Masonic “Triple Tau” and “Square and Compass” symbols. I M was Bacon’s personal Operative Mason’s mark signifying “I AM” an Operative Mason. Many years later, he would jokingly write an enigmatic eulogy to himself (as Shakespeare) in the 1623 Shakespeare Folio, signing it with his Masonic I M signature.

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    The Invention of Christian Rosenkreutz and Hiram Abiff

    Upon John Dee’s death in 1609, Bacon had become the towering figure in the Rosicrucian Movement.

    Yet the Movement still lacked leadership and organization. However, in 1611, Michael Maier, the German Rosicrucian master, who in earlier years had become acquainted with Bacon through Dee, came to London for two basic reasons. First, the new English Language being created by Bacon and his Fra Rosi Crosse society was rich in Rosicrucian-Masonic symbolism, and Maier hungered to digest it. To that end (according to Rosicrucian tradition) Maier, who possessed no official authority, proffered the unprecedented position of Rosicrucian Imperator to Bacon, who humbly accepted.

    In laying the foundation of a Rosicrucian society, Bacon took measures to insure that the Movement would serve the purpose of helping to build and spread his Great Instauration.

    However, his greatest concern for the society was that its spiritual philosophy should always remain secular, avoiding the temptation of becoming a religion. He understood that all religions begin with a spiritual philosophy expounded by a charismatic leader around whom people rally—eventually degenerating into a cult of personality in which the personality becomes the focal point while the spiritual philosophy is relegated to virtual obscurity. To insure that Rosicrucianism wouldn’t become Baconism, Bacon invented a mythical Rosicrucian founder whom he dubbed Christian Rosenkreutz.

    To further heighten the mystique about his Rosenkreutz alter ego, Bacon made sure that his legendary creation had departed the world some two centuries earlier after supposedly founding the Rosicrucian order in 1407.

    Upon his demise, Rosenkreutz was quite conveniently laid to rest in a mysterious seven sided tomb—the location of which was never to be revealed.

    The second decade of the seventeenth century saw the publication of three successive “Rosicrucian Manifestos”, i.e. the Fama Fraternitatis (1614), the Confessio Fraternitatis (1615), and the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz (1616).

    Although the three manifestos had been written anonymously, they clearly have Bacon’s fingerprints all over them. The Rosicrucian Movement had finally been given a stated purpose which bore an uncanny resemblance to Bacon’s Great Instauration—along with a blueprint for the establishment of a Rosicrucian utopia. Indeed, the Confessio Fraternitatis was a precursor to Bacon’s later work, titled The New Atlantis.

    With the Rosicrucian manifestos out of the way Bacon turned his attention toward transforming his Fra Rosi Crosse society (which consisted of a select few friends and scriveners who assisted him in the production of the Shakespearean works) into a new form of Masonry that would eventually become known as “Speculative Freemasonry”.

    This new Order of Masonry differs from the old Operative Masonry as it is strictly dedicated to building the character of men through the application of philosophical ideals and principles rather than building stone structures.

    As had been the case with Christian Rosenkreutz, Masonry needed a mythical founder of its own, and voila, Hiram Abiff was born.

    As we shall see, neither the names of the two mythical founders nor the founding years of 1407 and 1617 were accidental.

    Bacon’s use of ciphered messages pervaded virtually everything he wrote.

    His application of complex cipher techniques such as his bi-lateral cipher and his wheel cipher that he discusses in The Advancement of Learning remain a mystery insofar as the extent of their possible utilization throughout his works. However, Bacon clearly made extensive use of the Pythagorean, Kaye, Simple, Reverse and Short cipher tables. For example, both of the names Rosenkreutz and Hiram Abiff correspond to the number 55 in the Pythagorean table. And with regard to the year 1407, Bacon playfully invites us to look at the number in reverse—rendering the number 7041, or rather the numbers 70 and 41. When combined they add up to the important Kabbalistic number 111, which serves as one of Bacon’s favorite cipher signatures as it corresponds (in the Kaye Cipher) to the name Bacon. As we shall see, the number 111 shows up consistently throughout the pages of Shakespeare.

    The Pythagorean Cipher Table

    The Elizabethan Simple, Reverse, Short and Kaye Cipher Tables

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    Bacon’s Cipher Signatures

    The mythical founding of the Rosicrucian Order in the year 1407 is also important because it occurs exactly 100 years after the destruction of the Knights Templar.

    For Bacon 100 was an ideal cipher number for representing his full name in accordance with the Elizabethan Simple Cipher table, i.e. Francis = 67, and Bacon = 33 (another important signature number).

    Furthermore, he often used the Roman numeral “C” (lunate sigma) as code for his full name—thus, we find the number “C” branded on the side of a boar that is prominently displayed at the top of Bacon’s coat of arms.

    Bacon’s Coat of Arms

    It should come as no surprise that Bacon alludes to the boar’s C brand in Shakespeare Sonnet 111: “Thence comes it that my name receives a brand”.

    Also not surprising is the fact that the Fama Fraternitatis tells us that the founding brothers of the Rosicrucian Order were to meet on day C (day 100) of every year—additionally they were to keep the existence of their Order a secret for exactly 100 years.

    Thus, Rosicrucian tradition carried over into Bacon’s ostensible founding of Speculative Masonry (1617) as we find the new Masonic Order emerging from secrecy in 1717.

    There was another significant reason why the number 100 was crucial to Bacon’s secret identity.

    Not only does 100 represent the name Francis Bacon, it also corresponds to the name Tudor in the Elizabethan Kaye Cipher table.

    But it doesn’t stop there, the name Francis Bacon also adds up to the number 51 in the Pythagorean Cipher table while the name Tudor renders 51 in the Elizabethan Reverse Cipher.

    Bacon devised many clever ways to use his signature ciphers with regard to Shakespeare and Masonry.

    One technique involved the application of cipher only to the first letter of certain words or names in various word combinations and phrases. For example, the name William Shakespeare and the Masonic expressions Widow’s Son (referring to Hiram Abiff) and Winding Stair (an allegorical feature of King Solomon’s Temple) all share the initials W S. In the Pythagorean table the letter W = 5 while the letter S = 1—thus, WS can be viewed as 51 (Francis Bacon).

    While the numbers 100 (in accordance with the Simple Cipher) and 51 (in accordance with the Pythagorean Cipher) serve as code for Bacon’s full name, as well as the name Tudor (Kaye and Reverse Ciphers), Bacon generally used cipher numbers that represented his last name.

    As we’ve already seen, the number 111 (Kaye Cipher for Bacon) and the number 33 (Simple Cipher for Bacon) were widely favored by him. However, Bacon occasionally used the numbers 15 (Short Cipher) and 17 (Pythagorean Cipher) to represent his last name.

    Ben Jonson and Shakespeare’s Connection to Masonry

    In the late years of his life, Bacon employed the playwright Ben Jonson as his secretary.

    Jonson also lived with Bacon at Gorhambury.

    In addition to assisting in the production of the Shakespearean works, there is ample evidence to suggest that Jonson became one of Bacon’s early Speculative Masons. One highly compelling clue pointing to Jonson as a Mason is the headpiece that appears above his mysterious eulogy of a supposedly deceased Shakespeare in the 1623 Shakespeare Folio. The headpiece consists of a contiguous row of upright mason’s squares. To this day, the square is the insignia worn by the “Worshipful Master” of a Masonic blue lodge. The row of squares in the headpiece actually spell out the letters WM twice. As all Masons know, the letters WM are shorthand for Worshipful Master. Was the headpiece alluding to Ben Jonson as a Worshipful Master? Whatever the purpose of the headpiece was, its symbolic connection to Masonry is undeniable.

    The Masonic headpiece above Ben Jonson’s eulogy in the 1623 Shakespeare Folio

    As a code device, the headpiece strongly suggests a connection to Bacon (the original Worshipful Master) for the following reasons:

    (a) the letters WM add up (in both the Kaye and Simple Ciphers) to the number 33 (Bacon, Simple Cipher), and

    (b) the word “Worshipful” corresponds (Reverse Cipher) to the number 111 (Bacon, Kaye Cipher). To this day, all Worshipful Masters and Past Masters proudly carry the title of Worshipful, followed by their last name.

    In his eulogy, Jonson makes it quite clear that he is well acquainted with the author of the Shakespearean work, whom he refers to as “My beloved”.

    But the most intriguing clue to the author’s identity is in Jonson’s cryptic reference to “Sweet Swan of Avon” Once again the answer to the riddle rests with the first letter in each word, i.e. S S O A. Sure enough, these letters add up (Simple Cipher) to 51 ( Francis Bacon, Pythagorean Cipher).

    Ben Jonson

    Mingling Ciphers

    As far as the “intermixing” of ciphers go, Bacon seemed to prefer using as many variations as possible, provided they were understandable.

    There are many scenes in the Shakespeare plays that offer up a rich blend of coded messages and meanings using different cipher techniques. In Scene 1, Act IV of Macbeth, the lead witch, Hecate, sings a rhyming riddle:

    “Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray;
    Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may.”

    Hecate’s riddle begins by directly identifying the four colors that comprise Bacon’s family crest (black, white, red and gray).

    The riddle consists of 15 words.

    15 = Bacon (Short Cipher).

    And the word “Mingle” adds up to 33 (Pythagorean Cipher).

    As we’ve seen, 33 = Bacon (Simple Cipher).

    By design, Bacon is everywhere in the riddle. But more important is the fact that we (“that mingle”) are being instructed to mingle, i.e. mingle ciphers.

    If that were not enough, the preceding “double, double toil and trouble” chant of the three lesser witches, has three different lines that begin with the words “Fire burn”. It’s no accident that the letters F b are Bacon’s initials.

    But, to make sure we understand that this is a reference to the name Francis Bacon, we “who mingle” clearly see that the words “Fire burn” add up (Reverse Cipher) to the number 111 (Bacon, Kaye Cipher).

    Bacon’s Family Crest

    Why the Worshipful Master Wears a Top Hat

    When performing ritual in the blue lodge, the Worshipful Master always wears a top hat.

    But ask him why… his answer most likely will be: “this is the way we’ve always done it”. And he’d be right, or rather he’d be partly right. The part of his answer that would be missing is that, in wearing the top hat, he is emulating the original Worshipful Master Francis Bacon. Most men during Bacon’s time wore hats, but he wore a distinctly unique style of hat called the high hat. He adopted the custom of wearing the high hat for the purpose of distinguishing himself as the Worshipful Master. In virtually every portrait and engraving of Bacon, we see him wearing his high hat.

    Francis Bacon Wearing His Worshipful Master’s High Hat

    Masonic Spear Shakers

    During the performance of ritual there are four blue lodge officers who carry spears.

    These are the Senior and Junior Deacons, and the Senior and Junior Stewards. Ask them why they carry the spears and they’ll likely shrug their shoulders and tell you “this is how we’ve always done it”. In other words, they don’t understand the true symbolic meaning behind the ritual. In fact, over the years, the spears gradually came to be referred to as “rods”. However, a long shaft or pole capped with a pointed metal tip is still a spear, no matter how you look at it.

    As mentioned earlier, the name Shakespeare was inspired by Bacon’s adopted muse, the Greek goddess Pallas Athena, AKA “the Spear shaker”.

    It’s important to note the idea that the Stratford man’s name was Shakespeare is false. His actual name was Shaksper (pronounced shack spur). There is no evidence that his name was ever pronounced or spelled as Shakespeare.

    Pallas Athena was the goddess of wisdom and justice.

    The ancient Athenians erected a statue of her on top of the Acropolis. She held a spear in her right hand and a crystal shield with her left hand. At certain times of the day, the sunlight reflected off her spear in such a way as to give the appearance that she was shaking it—hence the nickname “Spear Shaker”. Bacon thought of his Spear Shaking muse as the embodiment of his higher and nobler self—particularly with regard to his poetic literary pursuits, which he either wrote anonymously or pseudonymously.

    In choosing the ultimate pseudonym, Bacon put the words Shake and Spear together, then added the extra letter “E” on the end so that name Shakespeare would add up (in accordance with the Simple Cipher) to the number 103.

    By ignoring the zero as a null or “non-significant” number, the true result is the number 13. Bacon wanted 13 to be Shakespeare’s number for two essential reasons: (a) it’s the most significant prime number in the Fibonacci Sequence (See Chapter 39 of The LOST SECRET of William Shakespeare), and (b) Pallas Athena’s code number was 104 (Simple Cipher). By combining 103 with 104 we get 207 or 27. 27 was another important number for Bacon. Shakespeare Sonnet 103 is specifically addressed to Pallas Athena as the personification of Shakespeare.

    The goddess Pallas Athena-the Spear Shaker

    Pallas Athena’s essence was infused into Speculative Masonry.

    The statue in the above picture shows Pallas Athena using her spear to stamp out the serpent of ignorance. This became a symbolic cornerstone for both the Great Instauration and Speculative Masonry. For Bacon the act of “spear shaking”, i.e. the act of ridding humanity of the corrupt and pernicious effect of ignorance constitutes the foundation of his Great Instauration. Thus, the four Masonic lodge officers who carry (shake) spears are charged with the duty of preparing and guiding all “Candidates” for and through their initiatory education in the three Masonic blue lodge degrees. To that end, these four spear shaking officers exemplify the enlightening spirit of Pallas Athena.

    Engraving by Gustav Selenus showing Worshipful Master Bacon
    Handing a Message to His Senior Deacon.
    The Junior Deacon walks in the distance.
    Notice the position of Bacon’s feet.

    The Position of the Candidate’s Feet

    In both the Masonic First and Second Degrees, the Candidate is instructed to place his feet together so as to form a “right angle”.

    This tradition originated with Bacon. The greater meaning of the stance is that the feet are forming the letter T. The letter T stands for Tudor, AKA Francis Bacon.

    The Letter “G”

    In all Masonic blue lodges a capital letter “G” is mounted or suspended directly above the Worshipful Master’s chair.

    This is another tradition originated by Bacon. If you ask a Mason to explain the meaning of the letter ”G” he’ll probably tell you that it stands for God or Geometry, or both. However, Bacon’s used the letter “G” as a cipher device.

    The Duke of Clarence’s opening speech in Scene I of Act I of the Shakespeare play Richard III is an excellent example of Bacon putting on a remarkable display of the use of the letter “G” as a cipher device.

    Throughout the text Bacon has carefully arranged three separate G letters in a strategic manner so that they form the points of the familiar “bride’s chair” triangle of the famous Pythagorean Theorem (an important Masonic symbol). In this case, each of the G letters correspond to the number 7 (Simple Cipher)—resulting in the important Kabbalistic number 777. However, Bacon’s general use of the letter “G” was for the purpose of displaying his name. Hence (in accordance with the Kaye Cipher) the letter “G” above the Worshipful Master’s chair represents the number 33. And, as we’ve seen, the number 33 = Bacon (Simple Cipher).

    How the Word FREE Got Into Masonry

    As an important note, prior to Bacon, the word Freemasonry was not in use.

    Ask any Mason why modern Masonry is called “Freemasonry”. His answer will go something like:

    (a) back in the days when the stone masons guilds were active, Operative Masons were given license to freely cross over international borderlines in order to do their work, and

    (b) most Operative Masonic lodges (especially Scottish lodges) required their initiates (Candidates) to be unbridled from the bounds of slavery or servitude.The reason why a prospective Candidate had to be FREE from all forms of slavery, bondage, or servitude was to insure that he was worthy of vowing his solemn oath according to his own free will.

    These explanations are correct as far as Operative Masonry was concerned, and they are also correct as they extend into Speculative Masonry.

    However, the Masonic use of the word FREE has still a higher meaning.

    Like the name Tudor, the word FREE is interchangeable with Bacon’s name. So, once again, the language of Freemasonry is intertwined with the language of Shakespeare as the word “Free” is the final word resting unequivocally as a double signature in the Shakespeare play The Tempest. Hence, the word FREE = 33 (Simple Cipher), and 111 (Kaye Cipher). And so, FREE masonry is in fact BACON masonry.

    Read On

    The True Meaning of the Masonic Third Degree

    The ultimate goal of the Candidate’s journey through the three Masonic blue lodge degrees is to be “Raised” to the “Sublime Degree of Master Mason”.

    It sounds great, but what does it really mean? The Candidate hopefully discovers the true meaning by participating in a staged play in which he is cast in the role of Hiram, and the Hiramic myth is played out.

    The Hiramic myth has the Grand Master Hiram Abiff being confronted by three lesser Fellowcraft Masons who tell him they will take his life unless he reveals the secret of the Master Mason.

    Being the virtuous man he is, Hiram refuses to give up the secret, whereupon the three “ruffians” known as “Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum”(note: three J letters = 111, Pythagorean Cipher) all participate in murdering him. Then they remove his corpse out to the countryside and bury him in a shallow grave, marking it with a tiny sprig from an Acacia tree.

    Perplexed by Hiram’s absence King Solomon sends out a cadre of Fellowcraft Masons (all wearing white gloves) to search for their Worshipful Grand Master.

    Eventually they discover his shallow grave (marked by the acacia sprig) and dig up his decomposed body. It’s important to note their repulsion of the stench emanating from Hiram’s rotting corpse—this is a crucial theme in Bacon’s tale of the origin of the Great Instauration. In fact, the Hiramic play of the Masonic Third Degree IS AN ENACTMENT OF BACON’S GREAT INSTAURATION!

    Upon digging up Hiram’s remains, King Solomon takes hold of Hiram’s dead hand (using the secret grip of the Master Mason) then RAISES him to an upright stance.

    A transmutation has taken place as if the noble spirit of Hiram has entered the Candidate’s body—resulting in some sort of apotheosis. Hiram is reborn—the Great Instauration is complete. This newly Raised Hiram is a different person than he was before. King Solomon (Bacon) whispers three words in his ear. These words are a “substitute” for the original lost WORD (knowledge) of the Master Mason. The words themselves are not important but the first letter of each word is of the utmost significance. The letters are M, H, B. These letters are a code—a code for what?

    Back to the cipher tables we go.

    Two things STAND OUT: (a) M H B adds up (in the Simple Cipher) to the number 22. This number is code for Bacon’s birth date, i.e. January 22, the 22nd day of the year. And (b) M H B also corresponds to Shakespeare’s number 13 in the Short Cipher. Thus, the newly Raised Hiram is reborn in accordance with Bacon’s birth date, and he reemerges as Shakespeare—the spirit of the Great Instauration. The new Master Mason is then ceremoniously given the acacia sprig that had marked his grave. As we shall further see, the uncanny duality between Shakespeare and Hiram Abiff plays out in the Shakespearean works.

    The Hiram Abiff - Shakespeare Connection

    There’s a lot of Shakespeare in Freemasonry and a lot of Freemasonry in Shakespeare.

    An excellent example of this is to be found (appropriately) in Scene 3 of Act 3 in the Shakespeare play Macbeth in which Banquo is murdered in the same manner as Hiram Abiff. But the most compelling display of the Hiram-Shakespeare connection unfolds in the 1640 edition of SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS. On the cover page, we find the William Marshall engraving—a presumed depiction of Shakespeare. Take a careful look. Notice his left hand is clad in the white glove of the Masonic Third Degree. Furthermore, the gloved hand holds the acacia sprig. Shakespeare is actually being shown as a newly Raised Hiram Abiff.

    The highly cryptic “Dedicatory” page for SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS provides yet another clue to the identity of the man on the cover.

    The Sonnets are dedicated to their “Onlie Begetter”, a “Mr. W. H.” also referred to as “OUR.EVER-LIVING.POET”. For centuries people have puzzled over who Mr. W. H. is. Hmmm, who could he possibly be?

    If the business with the white glove and the acacia sprig were not enough, we are compelled to go back to the cipher tables. Ah yes, the letters W H add up in the Kaye Cipher to the number 55, and, as noted earlier, 55 = Hiram Abiff (Pythagorean Cipher).

    So the answer to the riddle is that “Mr. W.H.” is Mr. Worshipful Hiram.

    The Marshall Engraving Showing “Mr. Worshipful Hiram”

    Notice “Mr. Worshipful Hiram” consists of 17 letters.

    As noted earlier, 17 = Bacon (Pythagorean Cipher).

    Moreover, the three initials in the name, i.e. M W H add up in the Kaye Cipher to 67 which is code for the name Francis.

    To insure we would understand the significance of the 17 letters in the name “Mr. Worshipful Hiram”, Bacon repeated the same coded message with the words “OUR.EVER-LIVING.POET which is also comprised of 17 letters. And, for good measure, Bacon deliberately used a hyphen in the spelling of the book’s title, i.e. SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS—hence, we have three S letters which then renders the number 111 (Pythagorean Cipher).

    Clearly, Hiram Abiff is the centerpiece around which the Shakespeare Sonnets revolve.

    Even the number of Sonnets reflect his name, i.e. 154 simplifies to 55. And as a final affirmation of Hiram’s importance, Shakespeare Sonnet 55 is specifically addressed to Hiram Abiff. To insure that we would understand this, Bacon cleverly crafted the Sonnet so that the words masonry and arise (Raise Up) are connected or joined by precisely 55 words. We understand how these two words pertain to the Masonic Third Degree. But more important is the fact that these two key words ONLY appear in Sonnet 55. They are not present in any other Shakespeare Sonnet.

    The Meaning of the White Gloves

    The Fellowcraft Masons who are charged with the job of digging up Hiram’s decayed body put on white gloves prior to the performance of their duty.

    There are two reasons for wearing the gloves.

    First, in Masonry, the color white symbolizes innocence and fidelity. The hands that uncover Hiram’s remains must be pure and uncorrupted.

    Second, the words White Gloves add up (Pythagorean Cipher) to the number 55, which corresponds to the name Hiram Abiff

    The Meaning of the Acacia Sprig

    The Acacia tree, which is indigenous to the world’s Middle Eastern region, possess the remarkable ability to dry up and die during periods of severe drought.

    Then, when water returns to its roots, it is able to regenerate back to a living state of existence—as if reborn. For this reason a sprig from the Acacia tree is symbolic of immortality. However, there is still a deeper meaning to it. The words Acacia Sprig add up (Pythagorean Cipher) to the number 51, which corresponds to the name Francis Bacon.

    Finally, Shakespeare Plus Hiram Abiff Equals Francis Bacon

    As we saw earlier, 13 is Shakespeare’s number.

    However, there is another number that represents Shakespeare, i.e. 45. Notice that both the name Shakespeare and the word Thirteen correspond (Pythagorean Cipher) to the number 45. Therefore, 45 (Shakespeare) + 55 (Hiram Abiff) = 100 = Francis Bacon (Simple Cipher).

    Thus, I conclude my analysis of the true meaning and origin of Speculative Freemasonry.


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  6. What's New on SirBacon.org

        June 11, 2023

    The 1623 Shakespeare First Folio: A Baconian-Rosicrucian-Freemasonic Illusion

    by A. Phoenix


    Announcing The 1623 Shakespeare First Folio: A Baconian-Rosicrucian-Freemasonic Illusion. The book is available at

    Coming in at 404 pages we are also publishing selected chapters as smaller stand alone papers with accompanying videos. Each paper and video will concentrate on a selected facet of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio.

    Follow the discussion on the B’Hive Forum here on SirBacon.org:


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  7. A book by Don Elfenbein

    ** Now available on SirBacon.org**
    Click here to read the PDF version.



    One reader of www.SirBacon.org, Don Elfenbein of Morgantown, West Virginia, has recently self-published, through Lulu Press, a short print-on-demand book entitled The Play That Solves the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery: The Allegory of Francis Bacon’s Natural History in The Tempest.

    This essay gathers together and documents a number of incontrovertible but little-noticed facts that speak Shakespeare’s true name loudly and clearly.

    Written for general readers and scholars alike, the essay systematizes and extends the investigations of the pioneering researchers who first published, more than a century ago, the provocative contention that The Tempest allegorizes a body of Baconian thought. It demonstrates that fourteen elements of this play having to do with the magus Prospero, the spirit Ariel, and the witch Sycorax resemble and represent fourteen of Bacon’s natural-philosophical ideas, several of which are peculiar to him. Those ideas include not only the general methodological prescriptions for which Bacon is famous but also his unique and largely forgotten conjectures about the inner workings of nature.

    These numerous and striking parallels between elements of the play and elements of Bacon’s philosophy, the author argues, together constitute persuasive proof that Bacon wrote this celebrated drama.

    Don is a researcher and former law professor who has been interested in the Baconian theory since the 1970s. He is eager to discuss his study with anyone who is interested in examining it and perhaps offering him comments, corrections, or suggestions.

    A printed copy of the essay can be ordered from the Lulu Press bookstore:

    The Play That Solves the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery

    The Play That Solves the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery

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  8. by Christina G. Waldman


    1998 does not seem so long ago to me. That was when N. B.Cockburn, late British barrister, devoted 740 pages to setting forth his evidence in favor of Francis Bacon’s authorship of the works traditionally attributed to “William Shakespeare,” based largely on that name/pseudonym’s being printed on the title page of the 1623 First Folio. Barry R. Clarke (Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare (New York: Routledge, 2019)), Brian McClinton (The Shakespeare Conspiracies, (Aubane: Aubane Historical Society, 2006 and Belfast: Shanway Press, 2008)), and other authors, including myself, have acknowledged their debt to Cockburn. Mather Walker has previously reviewed the book for SirBacon.org which prints in full its table of contents.

    Read more: Download PDF

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  9. https://sirbacon.org/brian-mcclinton-critiques-writers-with-a-bias-toward-bacon/

    Thanks to Christina Waldman for pointing out Brian McClinton critiques writers with a bias against Bacon
    Saving Bacon 4

    Brian McClinton’s letter, Sept. 27, 2005, in Prospect Magazine, Nov. 20, 2005.


    27th September 2005

    In his travesty of the character and ideas of Francis Bacon, Terence Kealey describes him as an “unusually unpleasant” man “who collected… many bribes.” On the contrary, JG Crowther demonstrates (Francis Bacon: The First Statesman of Science, 1960) that Bacon was “fundamentally incorruptible.” Indeed he was almost alone among leading politicians in not paying James I for his offices and promotions. Nieves Mathews in Francis Bacon: The History of a Character Assassination (1996), argues that he was completely innocent of the charges of bribery and that writers such as Macaulay were themselves guilty of slandering Bacon’s reputation and unfairly influencing later generations.

    The best judges of Bacon’s character are those nearest to him. To his apothecary Peter Boener he was “a noteworthy example… of all virtue, gentleness, peacefulness, and patience.” To his editor Rawley, “if [ever] there were a beam of knowledge derived from God upon any man in these modern times, it was upon him.” Aubrey tells us that “all that were great and good loved and honoured him.”

    Read more...>>

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  10. This is a new Forum on SirBacon.org. The What's New page has been around since the early days of SirBacon and there are years of Baconian history in the section. 

    Sometimes what we add to the What's New is based on what we discuss here. But there are times when we post something new that we might want to discuss here and have not. 

    Today we added a video by The Francis Bacon Society:

    FBS: Shakespeare, aka Sir Francis Bacon - Sir Mark Rylance and Gary Cordice (sirbacon.org)


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  11. The Francis Bacon Society established in 1886 will be celebrating it’s 137th anniversary on April 14th. If you would like to attend this special event see the information below. If you want to know more about the Francis Bacon Society visit https://francisbaconsociety.co.uk/

    Friday 14th April Diana and Gary Invite you and your guests to: 


    In the dawning of this new age,
    Baconamania is all the rage,
    Come and meet not just this sage,
    Other Knights who went from light to shade.

    It is the birthday of prophet Bacon,
    Time to rattle chains and to take on
    This tour of paintings to you inspire
    In the company of certain Knights of the sacred empire.

    Come and hear brave stories to incite ire,
    Hear what led their fortune to expire,
    Then to the tavern we will retire,
    Over a cold brew and a cosy fire.

    FRIDAY 14TH APRIL, 2023



    PLEASE BOOK TICKETS ONLINE VIA THE ROYAL MARINES WEBSITE; https://www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house



    RSVP dianasheppard123@btinternet.com 

    No later than Tuesday 11th April


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  12. 5 hours ago, peethagoras said:

    I am experiencing some weird things when trying to post stuff. The latest is when I entered The title "anyone for more anagrams" this title somehow ends up with my previous text body for 'stuffing chicken'.

    Strange indeed.

    Indeed, the post/reply text area may keep some memory of the past. Closing the browser usually wipes it clean. But I've clicked into a reply and was surprised to see old verbiage come up that I needed to delete. 

    As with any public venue, don't post without looking at what you are posting.

    5 hours ago, peethagoras said:

    Also, when trying to edit errors, I can no longer see the SAVE button 

    Private message me to troubleshoot when we both are online. I have no clue what might be going on, but we can figure it out. 

  13. 19 hours ago, Kate said:

    This should really be in the geometry section. Can one copy sections of posts over, while keeping them in the original thread too? 

    A Moderator or Admin can move threads into other topics, but individual posts or selections of posts can't be moved that way. A member may copy and paste their content and post in more than one place if necessary. That could get confusing for those who follow threads, but it is possible a post might be quite appropriate in two or more locations. 


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  14. Great question!

    You should be able to just copy/paste the "full" URL into a post if it is YouTube or a popular video source. You must be sure to get the "https://" part of the URL or is it just plain old text.

    If you are YouTube, go to the Share and you'll see a URL and you can copy that link and paste it in. 

    Drag and drop might work on some devices, but not all. Copy/paste the URL should work for everyone. 



  15. Welcome to the B'Hive peethagoras! We look forward to having you sharing with us. 

    If you haven't yet, please read over the rules and policies. It's pretty basic.

    PLEASE READ: Welcome to SirBacon.org's B'hive Community - SirBacon.org's B'hive Community

    If you would like, writing in intro allows us to get to know a bit. 

    B'hive Member Introductions - SirBacon.org's B'hive Community

    If you have any questions just ask. Several of us have been around a while. 

    Enjoy! 🙂



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  16. 18 hours ago, RoyalCraftiness said:

    Thank you. I have read a lot of the content while waiting to be given access to commenting.

    I want to personally apologize for not allowing access for so long. A couple months ago we did have an issue and we had to secure the membership immediately. I thought I set it up so we would be notified when someone new signed up. But that did not happen. 

    I went in the Membership Admin a few days ago and discovered maybe a dozen new valid seekers had signed up and they were missed. I allowed all but one obvious SPAM email address, all while being horrified these visitors might never return. I'd fire myself, but I can't really do that! I did learn my lesson and will check daily for new membership requests.

    Thank you for reading content while being very patient and thank you for participating after being ignored.



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  17. 5 hours ago, RoyalCraftiness said:

    I'm new here and I'm wondering about the freedom to publish information which is speculative and not declaring it.

    Welcome to the B'Hive RoyalCraftiness!

    Please be sure to read the basic rules we have here. 


    The B'Hive is a forum for Baconians which includes a very wide range of ideas and personalities. I'm posting this as the Web Developer and a Moderator of the forum. My day-to-day posting is with the Light-of-Truth profile. 

    If you hang out here a while you'll see the variety of how we think and share. I'm a mathematical cipher guy, and welcome hard questions and answer from where I am thinking. Others are considered more scholarly and will provide references to back up what they present. I don't feel like anybody is opposed to hard questions, and that is a way to back up what one claims.

    We have become a community and we hope to see it grow. The key is respect, even if one does not agree with another, we smile and move on sharing our own minds in an enjoyable dialog learning from each other. It has been wonderful.

    You appear to come with some Masonic background and knowledge. It's not required yet (even though a discussion between Lawrence, the owner of SirBacon.org, and myself), but an intro allows your readers to get a glimpse of who you are. Hope you consider writing one.


    I'm curious who you are as you come in strong with substance and opinions. 🙂

    As far as "freedom to publish information which is speculative and not declaring it", as Baconians we have many theories, opinions, ideas, and personal experiences that may be totally unique to ourselves as individuals, and this is a place to freely share. Sometimes we participants on the B'Hive read and do not post on a discussion that is not of our interest, and at times we kick around ideas as if we are Bacon, Jonson, and others drinking and eating whatever they were indulging in laughing and carrying on. 

    SPAM, hateful or mean attacks, or obvious trolling will not be tolerated. Thankfully it has been rare when that has been an issue. 🙂

    Look forward to you being a part of this historic platform!

    Rob at 007



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  18. From the Francis Bacon Society:


    (FOUNDED 1886)


    A social meeting will be held 

    On Sunday January 22nd 2023 

     At The Royal Airforce Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

     Dear members, 
    We warmly invite you and your guests to join us in celebrating the birthday of Francis Bacon, born 462years ago in 1561.

     Sir Mark Rylance and Mr Gary Cordice will present an afternoon of Shakespearean and Baconian quotations and impressions. The event will be filmed. Members of FBRT are also invited. 

     Doors open at 2.30 pm. The presentation will begin at 3 pm followed by a time for questions and comments from the floor, ending by 5.30 pm.

     Admission to the Club is strictly by guest list only. Please be sure to let us have your name and title and those of your guests. 

     We ask you kindly to make a minimum donation of £20 per person towards central London costs of room hire and refreshments, and for the video production. When your booking has been confirmed, please make payment to: 

    Francis Bacon Society Incorporated (The) sort code 400327.  account number 60359831.

    Or send your cheque to The Secretary, Francis Bacon Society. 12 Suffield close South Croydon Surrey CR2 8SZ

     Please see below for an introduction by Gary Cordice. 

     On Sunday the 22nd of January 2023 we will be celebrating Sir Francis Bacon’s birthday. Although there are multiple of topics we could have chosen for this afternoon, regarding his influence and input into the fabric of this nation such as his roles of Lord High Chancellor, Attorney General, Philosopher, Lawyer, chief advisor to the Crown, his Essays and introduction of a new scientific method, it is his quotations regarding theatre, plays, poetry and humour that will form the major part of our presentation.

     Sir Francis Bacon, born over 450 years ago was a man of great humour, observation and wit and it is to this end that we invite you to share this afternoon with us and discover some of his ideas and influence and love of the dramatic arts. The Francis Bacon Society are very pleased to have as a special guest Sir Mark Rylance for this occasion and he will be reading the quotations from Bacon- Shakespeare.

     Kind regards, 

     Susan McIlroy 


    The Francis Bacon Society




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