Allied Masonic Degrees

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


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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On Tuesday, Brethren from across the Constitution and the worldwide A.M.D. community could not be deterred from going ‘on tramp’ to Freemasons’ Hall, London, despite severe flooding in parts of the UK and bomb threats in French airports.

The annual meeting of Grand Council was presided over by M.W.Bro. Thomas Firth Jackson, Grand Master, in his usual warm and welcoming manner. He was delighted to confer appointment to, or Promotion in, Grand Rank on 114 Brethren and invest those present. The Grand Master was also extremely pleased to welcome representatives from around the World, including: Spain, South and East Caribbean, America, India, France, South East Asia, and Bolivia.

Thank you to all those who made such an effort to be present and support the meeting and their friends and Brethren receiving the Grand Ranks. And our congratulations to all those recipients. We hope you had a very enjoyable day.

You can read the text of the Grand Masters address here.


M.W.Bro. Thomas F. Jackson
Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Ian A. Bailey
Deputy Grand Master


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