Mark Master Mason

The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales
and its Districts and Lodges Overseas


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The Degree of Mark Master Mason is open to all Master Masons. The ceremony, in which a Brother is 'advanced', can be said to comprise two Degrees; the first in which he is acknowledged as a Mark Man, followed by the second where he becomes a Mark Master Mason. The Mark referred to in its title takes its name from the mark or symbol with which the stonemason identified his work and can still be found in many cathedrals and important buildings.

Much use is made of Holy Writ to instruct the Candidate and Brethren in the story which serves to teach that the real message is one of contemplation of human strengths and weaknesses. In chronological terms the Degree follows that of the Second Degree in Craft masonry. There is reputedly some evidence that the Degree is 400 years old but the earliest English records stem from 1769 when it was first worked in Chapter of Friendship, Royal Arch Chapter No. 257 (formerly No. 3) in Portsmouth. However, a minute book dated 1599 of the Lodge of Edinburgh states that several speculative brethren had appended their marks after their names.

The first meeting of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons was held on Monday, 23 June 1856.

The ordinary members' regalia comprises an apron and breast jewel. The apron is of white kid with a triangular flap bordered with a two inch ribbon of light blue with crimson edges. It has rosettes of the same colour whilst Masters and Past Masters have the rosettes replaced with silver levels. The jewel of the order is a key stone appended to a ribbon which matches the apron and bears a mallet & chisel which are the tools of the Order. The key stone, which bears certain characters, forms an integral part of the ceremony.

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Mark Master Mason

The Portal Lecture

The Portal Lecture

The Provincial Grand Wardens Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 2035, which was Consecrated on 26 February 2022, will hold its First Regular Meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, 17 September 2022 at Alderson House, Warwick CV34 4AX.

Membership of the Lodge is limited to Brethren who are or have been active Wardens in any Province or District under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas.

The Portal Lecture will be delivered at this meeting by V.W.Bro. Dr Rod G. Taylor, P.G.J.O. All proceeds from the meeting will be in support of the current Mark Festival that is being held in 2023, by the Province of West Yorkshire.

The Lecture is entitled “The First Royal Mark Mason”.

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The meeting will be followed by a Festive Board at 1.00 p.m. Details can be obtained from the Lodge Secretary.

Attendance at the meeting is limited so if you wish to attend please contact the Secretary, W.Bro. Christopher R. Denley, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


M.W.Bro. His Royal Highness
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
Grand Master

M.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Francis C. Spencer
Deputy Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Prof Denovan K. Wilson
Assistant Grand Master


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