The Lodge St. Jean was called "Mother-Lodge of Sweden" and considered itself entitled to issue warrants to other Lodges in the
country. Count Carl Fredrik Scheffer
who had been made a Freemason in Paris in 1737, was elected National
Grand Master in 1753. During the 1750s, the Lodges opened their doors
to members of other classes of society than the nobility.
In 1756, Carl Fredrik Eckleff together with six
brethren formed the Scottish Lodge L'Innocente in Stockholm, working so called Scottish
St. Andrew's degrees. The next step in the development of Swedish Freemasonry was taken by Eckleff in 1759, when he established a Grand Chapter in Stockholm.
Eckleff who was an employee of the Swedish Foreign Office, held a foreign patent authorizing him
to form Lodges. It has not been possible to ascertain the origin of the patent and of the
rituals. The Grand Lodge of Sweden was established in 1760, and it was recognized as a
National Grand Lodge in 1770 by the Grand Lodge of England.
Duke Karl, later King Karl XIII
Eckleff established a Freemasonry system on a Christian basis. The moral philosophy of the Swedish rite was further developed by Duke
Karl, later King Karl XIII who succeded Eckleff as the Swedish Masonic Leader.
By two major ritual revisions in 1780 and 1800 he created a logical Masonic system with
Freemasonry in Sweden has continued to develop under leadership of
their Grand Masters, all of them belonging to the Royal House since
more than 200 years.
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