The gloves, which, like the aprons, represent part of our regalia nowadays, were originally a necessary part of the operative masons' protective clothing, as they were important to protect the workers from injuries. Early records show that they were supplied to the masons by their employers. At Ely, in 1322, the Sacrist bought gloves for the masons engaged on the
Records of the Lodge of Meirose for 1674 and 1675 show that both apprentices and Fellows at their entry were to pay the requisite fees with <sufficient gloves to ye whole company...>(Vernon, pp. 12J 13.) At Aberdeen, in 1670, the apprentice was called upon to pay <4 rex dollars>, with < ... Ane linen apron and a pair of good gloves... > to each of the Brethren. (Miller, p. 6 1.) The linen apron is rather surprising, but linen was probably a local product and therefore economical.
At Dunblane, in 1724, the Lodge presented gloves and aprons to its
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