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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Appointment of new Rulers in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

Appointment of new Rulers in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

For the last fifteen years, M.W.Bro. Raymond Smith has given outstanding service  to our Order in various offices. In 2007, he was appointed Provincial Grand Master  for London, an office he held for four years before taking over the presidency of the  Mark Benevolent Fund until 2013.

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His reputation as a consummate professional discharging his duties with a quiet  confidence and always with a welcoming smile, singled him out for further  advancement and in 2014 he was appointed Assistant Grand Master. Two years  later he was promoted to Deputy Grand Master and, in 2017, he succeeded to the  office of Pro Grand Master.

Having served five years as Pro Grand Master and with a relocation to Jersey about  to take place, M.W.Bro. Smith has indicated his wish to retire and will stand down  at the September Communication of Grand Lodge. On your behalf I extend to him  our thanks for all that he has done for Mark Masonry so wonderfully supported by his wife Anne and we wish them both a long, happy and healthy retirement in their  new home.

In consequence of this news, the Most Worshipful Grand Master has been pleased  to make the following appointments:

As Pro Grand Master – R.W.Bro. John Herbert Prizeman, Dep.G.M.

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As Deputy Grand Master – R.W.Bro. Francis Charles Spencer, A.G.M.


And as Assistant Grand Master – R.W.Bro. Prof. Denovan Keith Wilson, Prov.G.M.  for Durham.


I am sure you will join me in extending heartiest congratulations to our new Rulers Designate who will be invested by the Grand Master on 13 September.

Their appointments mark the start of a new Chapter in the history of our Order, and I feel sure that under their guidance we will continue our recovery from the effects of the pandemic and realise our ambitions for a stronger and more forward looking Order.

With fraternal regards and best wishes.

R.W.Bro. Ryan A Williams, P.G.J.W., Grand Secretary


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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