2001 the beggar s benison 199x300 - Reviving (some) forgotten manly ritualsOne of our TAG-lines here on The Aspiring Gentleman (excuse the pun) is “reviving forgotten manly rituals.”  This is meant to include such rituals as drinking whisky, smoking cigars, wet-shaving, etc.  In a recent chat on WWW, one of the members there linked to a particular forgotten manly ritual — The Beggar’s Benison, a Scottish gentlemen’s club devoted to “the convivial celebration of male sexuality.”  Apparently in the 18th and 19th century, Scottish gentlemen did more than just drink whisky.  Comprising of upper-class men, The Beggar’s Benison had regular “lectures” on sex and anatomy, and initiation ceremonies involved collective masturbation.  Perhaps the Dutch Rudder is a Scottish invention after all.

From Wikipedia, an entry from the club’s log books suggests a typical evening at the gentleman’s club.  1737. St. Andrews Day. 24 met, 3 tested and enrolled. All frigged. The Dr. expatiated. Two nymphs [young girls], 18 and 19, exhibited as heretofore. Rules were submitted by Mr. Lumsdaine for future adoption. Fanny Hill was read. Tempest. Broke up at 3 o’clock a.m.  So, to clarify, we here at The Aspiring Gentleman are interesting in reviving (a subset of) forgotten manly rituals.  Anything involving young girls, collective masturbation, or lectures on sex and anatomy, let’s leave in the past.