The Freemasons in Ireland were perceived as sectarian whatever the merits of it.  In many instances the members were engaged in charitable activities.  On the Continent the Freemasons were often associated with Radical Politics.  Here it seems to be the custom that local military officers were in the lodge when their regiment was garrisoned there.

The local Landowners are represented, a number of Methodists, Hadden, Swanton, Levis.

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