The Duke’s trusty old Lodge seal is, understandably, showing signs of wear but it continues to stamp documents each month at the Duke of Leinster Lodge meetings.

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The seal of The Duke of Leinster Lodge

The old Lodge seal conformed to article 161 of the Book of Constitutions comprising the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ireland extant at the time, which reads in full:

  1. — Each Lodge shall have a Seal wherewith to verify the Lodge transactions. The device shall consist of a Hand and Trowel, together with the number and the name of the Lodge, and the name of the place where held.
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Seal of the Lodge No. 3 QC

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Seal of the Lodge No. 283 IC

It was the common practice in earlier times for organisations of substance to seal official documents with the common seal of the organization by using an impressed seal on a material such as sealing wax usually red in colour or by embossing the paper with the seal. The early Irish Lodges adopted the embossed style of seal for sealing their minutes thus confirming their authenticity. Today, the law courts still use an embossed or impressed seal for some documents; however, most organisations use a rubber ink stamp for the same purpose. The UGLQ uses an embossed seal on all of its certificates.