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.

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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Straddling the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal, a couple of miles south of Chester lies the picturesque village of Christleton, home of Cheshire View, the very well-appointed Masonic Centre for the area. Here the Grand Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees, Most Worshipful Brother Thomas Firth Jackson, and his team of Grand Officers, arrived to Install Right Worshipful Brother Peter Talbot as District Grand Prefect for Cheshire and North Wales. Peter is already very well known to the Brethren in the area as Provincial Grand Master for North Wales in the Mark degree.

At what was a  very well attended meeting, the Grand Master was especially delighted to be in the company of Right Worshipful Brother Benjamin Addy, Past Deputy Grand Master.

During the meeting the Grand Master paid tribute to the work of R.W.Bro. Talbot’s predecessor, R.W.Bro. Keith Philip Roberts, JP, and likewise to the reappointed Deputy District Grand Prefect, David Alexander Wright, surprising him by giving him a field promotion to the Rank of Past Grand Register, which carries with it the prefix Very Worshipful Brother.

At the after proceedings the District Grand Prefect presented the Grand Master with a clock mounted on Welsh slate as a memento of his visit, a pleasant reminder for the keen horologist of his visit to the District.

 

Pictured seated: left of centre – R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot, Dist.G.Pref.; centre – M.W.Bro. Thomas F. Jackson, Grand Master; right of centre – R.W.Bro. Benjamin Addy, P.Dep.G.M.