(Original post by Annoying-Mouse)
Yeah, in the age of enlightenment at Scotland.
Actually, if I remember correctly, it wasn't in Scotland that the Freemasons were founded as we know today, it was in England where that happened, for sure. And it was within the Enlightenment era, some time around the early years, but specific evidence regarding the actual founding date is scary at best.
From what I have gathered, Scotland was the place where the early idealists of what would become known as Freemasonary first congregated and discussed with each other their ideas about morality, hummanity and the practicalities for society. To put it more simply, they were like an even earlier, cruder version of the Bavarian Illuminati, just with haggis, kilts and broody, angry-sounding voices (not to generalise, but ermm...moving on...)
After a good few years had past (around a couple centuries or so? 'bout that, yeah...), these idealists had already begun to spread their ideas around the rest of the UK, down into England and even over the channel to Ireland. The guys in England who had more money and connections then formed together as one bigger organisation of smaller social thinking groups which brought about the founding of the First Grand Lodge in London, England (just a ref for our international community
) and to which the seeds were sown of the secret society that would become known as the Freemasons.
That's about all there is to it, in a nutshell, I suppose. If anyone can correct me (especially with the evidence/accounts to do so) then please do, I'm interested.