Knights Templar

The Great Priory of the United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders
of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta
of England and Wales and its Provinces Overseas


KT Clement 300According to legend, the Knights Templar was founded in 1118 AD to protect pilgrims heading for Jerusalem and the Christian Holy places, where the small band of warrior monks established a headquarters. In the year 1118 AD King Baldwin II granted the Templars quarters on the Temple Mount and this forms the link to the Royal Arch.

Many men, of noble birth, joined the ranks of the Templar Order. Those who were unable to join often gifted the Templars with land and other valuables.
Modern Masonic association with these medieval defenders of the Christian Holy places is linked by the ceremony of Installation in which the Candidate takes the part of a Pilgrim who, by symbolically embarking on a Crusade, is elevated to Knighthood.

The earliest reference to modern Masonic Knight Templar activity in England can be found in the minutes of the Chapter of Friendship (Royal Arch) in Portsmouth, dated 1778, where it was worked as an Appendant Degree. In 1791 a Grand Conclave was formed comprising seven ‘Encampments’ with Thomas Dunckerley as Grand Master. By 1873 ‘Grand Conclave’ was now known as ‘Great Priory’, and ‘Encampments’ were now known as ‘Preceptories’.

The ceremony is very realistic and the regalia spectacular, based upon that worn by the Medieval Knights.

Prospective Candidates must be a Master Mason, a Royal Arch Mason and Christian.

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 Swift     The Knights Templar 20 for 2020 Appeal on behalf of

     The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

     In the perfect vision year of 2020


Following the Grand Master’s announcement at the Great Priory of Malta meeting in November 2019, we are delighted to launch the Knights Templar 20 for 2020 appeal in support of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group in this perfect vision year of 2020.

You will find details of how you can make your £20 donation on the Mark Masons’ Hall website, as well as from your Provincial Vice-Chancellors.

Before making your donation, there are some important points to note: 

• Please make donations as individuals, not as a Preceptory or Province. This enables each donation to have Gift Aid added where applicable.

On the PDF Forms, where you are asked to enter your Lodge/Chapter Name or No. this must be your Craft Lodge or Royal Arch Chapter, not your KT Preceptory.

Electronic donations must be made to the MCF Relief Chest, No. KT2042020

• All cheques for this appeal must be made payable to “The Relief Chest Scheme” using the Single Donation Form, which already has the MCF Relief Chest, No. KT2042020 included on it.

• No donations for this appeal should be sent to Linda Read / Mark Masons’ Hall.

• Donations to this appeal will not be added to ‘Personal Donations’ listed in the KT Liber. This is a stand-alone appeal and only the total achieved by the appeal will be published.

• Each single donation of £20 will be recognised by the Great Priory of Knights Templar sending you a limited-edition Swift tie / lapel pin. If you desire more than one pin, please make an additional individual £20 donation. Please don’t make bulk donations in multiples of £20.

• Due to the current restrictions on postal services, Swift pins will not be posted until the Administration Staff are able to return to Mark Masons’ Hall. An email will be sent out advising you when postage has commenced.

Our Order’s support for the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is very well established and we hope that, even in these unusual times, this one-off appeal will be embraced with typical enthusiasm.

The online donation page is here:

Additional informationpdfKT_20for2020_Appeal_Trifold_Leaflet.pdf

pdfCredit_Card_Donation_Form_APR20_20.pdf ;    pdfSingle_Donation_Form_APR20_20.pdf ;   pdfText_Donate_Card.pdf


M.E. & S.Kt. Paul R. Clement, G.C.T.
Grand Master

V.H. & R.E.Kt. Andrew C. Rainbow, G.C.T.
Great Seneschal