Masons Marks  

Masons’ Marks were used by stonemasons for hundreds of years to identify their work in order to demonstrate their skill and to receive payment. This was especially true for masons who were ‘Free’ of servitude and allowed to travel the country for work.

When weathered or broken stones are removed from ancient buildings during renovation work, these marks, which are usually on the back of masonry, are once again exposed. They are interesting in their own right, but it is usually not possible to match them to the mason who carried out the work.

There are still many traditional masons working today, maintaining the built heritage of the country on structures such as cathedrals, churches, municipal buildings and stately homes. Many of them like to maintain the tradition of identifying their work by adding their own personal mason’s marks, so the masonry and carvings they replace carry the new mark of the mason who made the latest contribution to the building.

So that future generations can match a mark to the mason who fashioned the stone, the Masons Livery Company has launched an initiative to capture current Masons’ Marks. Many masons have already submitted their marks for inclusion and all masons are invited to add their marks.

 

The Company will maintain this online Register for use by professionals and researchers. It should also be of use if a professional is looking for a mason in his location. Click here for access to the Register.

Masons to preserve marks for future genealogists

Masons to preserve marks for future genealogists

Irish Genealogy News publishes article on web site HERE