200th Peppercorn Ceremony Set For Wednesday

April 19, 2016

The 200th anniversary of the Annual Peppercorn Ceremony will be held on Wednesday morning [April 20] in King’s Square, St. George’s and expects to see masons visiting from overseas to take part in this year’s ceremony which starts at 11.00am.

The Peppercorn Ceremony takes place every year on King’s Square in the Towne of St George, Bermuda and surrounds the ceremonial payment of the “rent” of one peppercorn for the use of the Old State House by the Master, Officers and Brethren of Lodge St George #200, on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

Slideshow from the 2015 Peppercorn Ceremony:


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The State House was built in 1620 and is Bermuda’s oldest stone building. The landmark was used for the General Assembly of Bermuda until 1816, when the capital moved to Hamilton. The Government of the day then rented the building for one peppercorn a year to Bermuda’s Masonic Lodge 200 of Scotland, an agreement which continues to this day.

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  1. sage says:

    The islands’ wealthy elitist boys club celebrates 200 years rent free with an expensive jamboree reliving the good old days of slavery.