Donald Thamarus Jr
Why are we called "Freemasons" ? There are many theories: a man was a Freemason because his ancestors were not slaves nor was he a slave;
he was so called because he was free within his Guild, or free of the Guild's laws and could thus "travel in foreign countries"
and work where he would; he was a Freemason because he worked in freestone, which is any stone which can be cut, smoothed, carved
in any direction; he was free when he had passed his apprenticeship and became a Fellow of the Craft; he was free when he had left
the status of serf or villein and legally became free. Probably at one time or another masons were called Freemasons for any of
these reasons or for all of them. The consensus leans to the theory that the Freemason was such because of his skill, knowledge and
abilities which set him free of those conditions, laws, rules and customs which circumscribed masons of lesser abilities in the
Cathedral building age.