The Mariencourt Cup
Warrant No 952 was issued on the 2nd August
1804 to Limerick Brethren who founded the Rising Sun Lodge. Although
this Lodge would only be existence some seventeen years, it would
achieve everlasting fame in its participation with Eden Lodge No 73 in
sending of letters of thanks to Capt Louis Mariencourt for his
outstanding Masonic behaviour in the field of battle.
The original victim in this story was Capt Joseph Webb,
whose schooner "The United Sisters" of Poole was captured by "Le Furet" captained by Louis
on 12 November 1812. As this action was
taking place a sloop "The Three Friends" of Youghal came on the scene and was quickly captured
its captain, Bro James Campbell of Antient Union No 13, came on board,
he was instantly recognised by Capt Mariencourt as a Brother Mason, and
his ship was returned to him. After some further negotiation Bro
Mariencourt also agreed to release Capt Webb on receipt of a signed
undertaking to seek the release of a Bro Joseph Gantier, a French
sailor then being held on a prison ship "The Crown Prince"
at Chatham, and if he failed to do so within a year,
Capt Webb should make his own way to France and surrender his parole
to the French military.
However the fortunes of war would swiftly change and
Capt Mariencourt was himself captured by a Capt J.C. Crawford of the
British frigate "Modeste", and as we now know Capt
Mariencourt was indeed
by the British and returned to France.
The Brethren in Antient Union Lodge No 13 do not appear
to have minuted their meeting of the 11th March 1813, when
the decision was taken to commission a silver cup, to the value of
£100, which along with a suitable address would be forwarded on to
Capt Mariencourt. The cup was made by James Scott, 13 Trinity Street,
Dublin who had silver assayed in Dublin from 1800-1825. It was duly dispatched to France, the
Brethren having learned of Captain Mariencourt's release. The whole matter was very
carefully recorded in the Limerick Chronicle and Rt Wor. Bro. Michael Furnell,
who later became the first
Provincial Grand Master of North Munster, was able to use these notices and write a
retrospective minute in the books of Lodge 13 on the 24 February
Sadly in the meantime Bro. Mariencourt had died in North
Africa and never received his cup. Seven years later it was eventually returned to
Lodge 13 in Limerick where it has been carefully preserved ever since.
Special celebrations were held in 2013 at the
Installation Festive Board of Antient Union Lodge 13 to mark the
bi-centenary of the dedication of the famous Cup.
For a full and detailed account carefully researched
and recorded in Volume XVIII of the Ars Quatuor Coronatorum Journal
of 1905 please
click here. (5.46mb file)
Marencourt, opinions differ as to the spelling but as the engraving
on the Cup is Mariencourt, that is what is used here.
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