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

Pro Grand Master's Address September 2019

Address of the Pro Grand Master
M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Mark Grand Lodge Communication Meeting
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

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Brethren, a warm and special welcome to this September Communication of Mark Grand Lodge. I hope everyone has enjoyed the past few months of Summer; part good, part not-quite-so-good - especially for those affected by storms and heavy rainfall.

This meeting marks the beginning of the new Masonic Season, one that I’m sure will bring much pleasure to you all.

I begin this address with good wishes, but an apology, from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. He greatly enjoyed the June Investiture meeting and his commitment to this Grand Lodge is further demonstrated by his forthcoming visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in October, then to Southampton University Hospital in November to formally handover equipment funded by your Mark Benevolent Fund. Earlier this year the Trustees approved a grant of £85,000 to Addenbrooke’s for the purchase of a Laparoscopy surgery kit, £200,000 to Southampton University for a Nanoscope to help treat patients suffering from cancer. Further to this, our Grand Master will be visiting the RMBI Prince Michael of Kent home on 24 September to open the new orangery which is being supported by a grant of £36,850 from your Mark Benevolent Fund.

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

M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Deputy Grand Master



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