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

Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master

Address by The Most Worshipful Grand Master
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
to the Communication of Grand Lodge
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Brethren, I am delighted to welcome you here this afternoon and may I say how good it is to see you all. It has become an expected characteristic of our Annual Investiture meeting that the Grand Temple here at Freemasons’ Hall is filled to capacity and I am delighted to say that this year is again no exception.

HRH Grand Master 800There can be little doubt that such an attendance is concrete evidence of the esteem in which Mark Masonry is held by its members and when I look around I experience a feeling of great pleasure that so many of you have travelled, often great distances, to be here today.

I am delighted to have invested so many Brethren with Grand Rank today. Your appointments and promotions reflect the valuable contribution you have made to Mark masonry and I have no doubt that your preferment will stimulate you still further to promote the Order at every opportunity.

Brethren, change is often desirable, frequently necessary but always inevitable. Today I have made several changes among the Rulers of our Order. These changes signal the beginning of another new chapter in the history of the Mark Degree and I am confident that the Brethren I have appointed are well qualified to lead the Order into the future.

Today I have been pleased to invest Brother Raymond Smith as Pro Grand Master, Brother John Prizeman as Deputy Grand Master and Brother Stephen Davison as Assistant Grand Master. I know that they will enjoy your support in their new roles and I wish them every success in their future endeavours.

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Rulers

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

R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison
Assistant Grand Master

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