The wearing of white gloves dates back to ancient times. The first record of gloves being worn by Masons was in Ely, Cambridgeshire in 1322, when along with gauntlets and aprons they formed part of the Operative Masons protective clothing. The Operative Masons were those who built those magnificent Abbeys and Cathedrals and other fine edifices.
The first record of gloves being worn in a Masonic Lodge was in Kilwinning in Scotland in 1599, but this practice fell into disuse but was revived again about 1724.
As a Mason you may hear the name John Custos mentioned. John Custos was a Freemason and a London Diamond Merchant who went to Spain in1742 and was subject to the Spanish Inquisition. In 1744 he was put on the rack in Lisbon and under great torture relieved a number of Masonic secrets. Two of which were wearing gloves and aprons a Meetings. It may be to his fortitude that the wearing of gloves has continue to this day.
In 1951 UGLE declared the wearing of gloves would be at the discretion of the Master of the Lodge, but if worn hey should be worn by all present except when placing your hands on the Volume of the Sacred Law to take an Obligation.
In our Province white gloves are worn in all Craft Lodges.