Allied Masonic Degrees

Grand Council of the Order of Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales
and Districts and Councils Overseas

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AMD Jackson 300The vast majority of the ‘additional’ Degrees worked in England in the early part of the nineteenth century originally came under the patronage of Warrants granted by the ‘Antients’, who held that Craft Warrants entitled Lodges to work any Masonic Degree to which they had knowledge and members available who could work it. Upon the formation of the United Grand Lodge various groups of Degrees were gradually organised into separate Orders each with their own governing body.

By the end of that century a large number of unrelated Degrees of no direct interest to any grand body was still being worked in different parts of the country. In the late 1870’s it was agreed by the then Grand Secretaries of the Craft, Mark, and Ancient and Accepted Rite to establish a ‘Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees in England and Wales and the Colonies and Dependencies of the British Crown’. The headquarters would be at Mark Masons’ Hall.

It was also agreed that no new body purporting to be a Masonic body could be legally established in England without the consent of the Governing Bodies of the Knights Templar, the Ancient and Accepted Rite, the Mark Masters, the Red Cross of Constantine, the Royal and Select Masters, and the new Grand Council; and that any new body established with such consent should be under the direction of the Grand Council. Thus was born Grand Council, which we know now as the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales and Districts, and Councils Overseas.

The Order has five Degrees; the Degree of St Lawrence the Martyr; the Degree of the Knights of Constantinople; the Degree of Grand Tilers of Solomon; The Red Cross of Babylon and The Holy Order of the Grand High Priest. Every Candidate must be a Mark Master Mason and a Companion of The Holy Royal Arch.

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Allied Masonic Degrees

Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master

Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master
Thomas Firth Jackson
to the Annual Assembly of Grand Council
Tuesday 24 October 2017

AMD Jackson 800Brethren may I begin by congratulating all those of you who I have had the pleasure of either, appointing for the first time or promoting in Grand Rank. I know that all of you have deserved your honours and hopefully it will encourage you to even greater exertions in the future. I know that we have other business to transact at these annual meetings, but you and your friends will, I am sure, remember today for a long time to come. I know I still have happy memories of my first visit to London for a Grand appointment. I don’t remember much about the ceremony but I do remember walking here on a wet day looking down into the gutter and seeing a wet £20 note waiting to be rescued, sadly it has been a one off.

Our Order has had another splendid year, beginning in January when I went to John Barr Council in Cumberland and Westmorland to present a 50 Year Certificate to W.Bro. James Wise; a splendid event with Cumbrian hospitality. In March we Consecrated the Goose and Gridiron Council No 275 to meet here in London, another splendid occasion. Our membership has grown considerably over the year with 260 new memberships, which equates to over 1 Candidate per Council. Brethren we can only achieve these excellent results if we continue to encourage gentlemen to join the Craft, for without this first step, we and all the other Masonic Orders will begin to fall in numbers, I therefore urge you all to be diligent in this matter, new blood is essential.

Like last year we have also seen the retirement of 2 District Grand Prefects, namely R.W.Bro. William Seddon in West Lancashire and R.W.Bro. Ray Clare in Essex, both of whom have worked very hard for our Order and I wish to place on record my thanks for their commitment and support. In consequence of this, I installed on the 20th September in Preston, R.W.Bro. Paul Snape to be the District Grand Prefect for West Lancashire and on the 29th September in Southend R.W.Bro. Jeffrey Conway to be in charge of Essex, two splendid occasions. We wish them both well for the future and hope that they enjoy their new role

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