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Masonic blue
Shortly after the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England we find in the Rawlinson MS c. 136, (1734): "Two Grand Masters aprons lined with Garter Blue silk and turn'd over two inches with blue silk linings."
Originally Garter Blue was a very pale blue, "of a watery tinge", changed under Edward VI to a mazarine or light sky blue and changed again during the Hanoverian period [probably 1745] to the current darker hue.
Examples of the earliest masonic blue can be found extant on ribbons attached to Grand Lodge of Ireland lodge warrants, This is not the same as the national colour of Ireland which is traditionally azure.

Rawlinson Ms c. 136, 1734, cited in AQC vol. xi., p. 36. ; cited in AQC vol. xxiii (1910) p. 310.

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