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Elizabeth Aldworth

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Elizabeth Aldwort lived in County Cork in the eighteenth century, she was born the Hon. Elizabeth St. Leger, daughter of Viscount Doneraile of Doneraile Court in County Cork, she holds the distinction of being the only woman ever to be accepted into Freemasonry.

Her father was a mason and the lodge meetings were held in his house, one day in 1712 she became overcome with curiosity as to what went on in the meetings, and decided to hide in a grandfather clock case, the meeting was in progress when she was discovered.

After no doubt initial anger it was decided the only way to ensure her silence was to initiate her as a member. In 1713 she married Richard Aldworth, Esq., she died in 1773 and is buried in St Finbarr's cathedral.

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