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T H E C R A F T
MARK MASTER MASONS
The administration of this degree varies
greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, though in all jurisdictions,
the candidate is required to be a Master Mason to be eligible for this
England, India, and parts of Europe and Australasia, the Mark Degree is
conferred in separately warranted Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Mark
Master Masons. The candidate for advancement is required to be a Master
Mason. In England and Wales, the governing body is The
Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts
and Lodges Overseas
which also controls the Royal Ark
Mariner degree; conferred in separately warranted Royal Ark Mariner
In Scotland, the Mark
Degree is conferred in a Craft Lodge and is seen as completion of the
Fellow Craft Degree, although the Candidate is required to be a Master
Mason. The degree may alternatively, and exceptionally, be conferred
in a Holy Royal Arch Chapter as a
prerequisite for exaltation to the HRA.
In Western Australia, the Mark Master's
Degree is conferred in a Royal Arch Chapter operating under the Supreme
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Western Australia, and is conferred as part of
the process of Exaltation to the Holy Royal Arch Degree. In Queenland
Australia, the Mark Master's Degree can be conferred by a Royal Arch
Chapter under the Supreme Grand Chapter of Queensland or by a Mark Master
mason's lodge under the Grand Lodge of Mark Master masons in Queensland.
His entry into the Chapter is preceded by a short ceremony of Mark Lodge
Affiliation, if the candidate has already been advanced into the Mark
Under the United Grand Lodge of NSW and
the ACT the Mark Man ceremony is not treated as a degree at all and is
only conferred in a warranted craft lodge with te Mark Master degree
conferred in a Warranted Mark Master lodge.
The Mark Man ceremony is commonly
believed to be the contents of what was removed from the second degree to
In North and South America, and parts of
Europe and Australasia the Mark Master Mason degree is conferred as part
of Royal Arch Masonry which is included in the York Rite.
Grand Lodge of
Mark Master Masons of Greece and its Lodges Overseas
is an independent Masonic Body, but at the same time is very closely
affiliated with the "National
Grand Lodge of Greece"
from which its members are mainly drawn.
MASONIC ORDER OF ATHELSTAN
The Masonic Order of Athelstan portrays the story of a Master Mason being
called to York in 926 AD to receive the Ancient Charges from the king.
Throughout its ceremony the ritual contains a great deal of symbolism that
is still seen in some Lodges today and a great deal that is not currently
worked. It culminates with an historical oration which takes the candidate
through the development of the various Grand Lodges ending at 1813 with
the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England.
The Order, in England and Wales, is structured so that its Provinces,
wherever possible, reflect and represent the original Kingdoms and Gilds
(original spelling of Guilds) as they were set up by King Athelstan during
his reign as "The First King of all the English".
The aim of the Masonic Order of Athelstan is to encourage and prompt its
members into actual further study and research. As such each candidate is
carefully chosen due to their interest in Masonic history and is
‘Instructed’ into our Order.
Membership of our Order is strictly invitational and members are expected
to take a wide and committed interest in all aspects of freemasonry, there
are therefore mandatory requirements for each member to have current,
active and ongoing membership of both Craft and Royal Arch Chapter
ROYAL ORDER OF SCOTLAND
After the Craft, the Royal Order of
Scotland is the oldest Masonic Order.
There are no reliable records tracing the history of the
Order from its alleged revival in 1314, until the middle of the 18th
century, when it appears to have flourished in France from 1735 to 1740.
The principal practitioners at this time were the adherents of the
Jacobite cause, who, being refugees from Scotland, no doubt practised
these degrees for the purpose of maintaining a common bond of union in a
The Royal Order comprises two Degrees: -
The Degree of Heredom of Kilwinning and the Knighthood of the Rosy Cross.
Tradition informs us, that the Rosy Cross Degree originated
on the field of Bannockburn on Summer Saint John's Day in the year 1314,
and was instituted by Robert The Bruce, who, in the battle for Scottish
independence, having received signal assistance from a body of Freemasons
conferred upon them the Civil rank of Knighthood, as a reward for their
loyal services. To ensure the continuance of the Order, he granted those
Knights authority to confer the Knighthood of the Rosy Cross on such
Scottish Freemasons professing the Christian faith as has proved
them-selves worthy of this high honour.
The Constitution of the Royal Order decrees the King of the
Scots to be the hereditary Grand Master for whom, at every meeting of the
Royal Order wherever held, a vacant seat or throne must be placed at the
right hand of the Presiding Officer. In the absence of a reigning
Monarch the acting head of the Order is the Deputy Grand Master and
Governor who, from July 2009, is Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Bart.,
The Grand Lodge in Edinburgh controls the 81 Provincial
Grand Lodges situated in many parts of the world.
The Ritual has
remained unchanged for over 260 years and is recited almost entirely in
irregular rhyming form.
Membership of this Christian Order is highly prized and is
by strict invitation.
ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES
An Honorary and Invitational Body Dedicated to Masonic Research
The Allied Masonic Degrees
are detached degrees which, many years ago, were conferred under Craft
Warrants and formed a part of the loosely governed Freemasonry which
afterward eliminated all save the three Craft degrees and the Royal Arch.
All old references to the Royal Arch were invariably to the "Excellent
Super Excellent Royal Arch Masons," which comprised three grades. The
Super Excellent has long since been discontinued, save in the veil-working
of Irish Royal Arch Chapters, while the Excellent Master is a predicant to
the Royal Arch in Scotch Chapters and is worked in English Councils of
Royal and Select Masters.
The other degrees, likewise, were worked in Craft Lodges in both America
and the British Isles. When Freemasonry discontinued the working of
outside degrees, these degrees became practically dormant, although they
were perpetuated and finally formed their own supreme heads, in many
instances. They were finally together under a governing head and hence the
title of "Allied Masonic Degrees;" they have been allied together for
mutual benefit and perpetuation.
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UPDATED: 22 APR 2013