Royal & Select Masters

The Grand Council of the Order of Royal and Select Masters of England and Wales
and its Districts and Councils Overseas

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RSM Jones 300The Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of England and Wales and its Districts and Councils Overseas was formally constituted on 29 July 1873 by four Councils chartered just two years earlier by the Grand Council of New York.

They organised themselves into a Sovereign body under the Patronage of the Rev. Canon G.R. Portal, a Past Grand Master of Mark Master Masons, who was Installed as the Grand Master of the Order. By the turn of the century there were twenty seven Councils and a similar number Consecrated by the end of the second world war. The Order then grew rapidly with the number on the Roll at the end of 2013 being over 250 Councils.

The Degrees in the Order - four in total - are often referred to as the 'Cryptic Degrees', and the Order sometimes as 'Cryptic'. The ceremonies complete the Solomonic legend as they prove the essential link between the Degrees of Mark Mason, the Raising in Craft, and The Royal Arch.

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Royal & Select Masters

Phipps Dorman Council, No. 32 Celebrates its Centenary

Who was Phipps-Dorman? Apart from being an eminent Freemason and benefactor, Thomas Phipps-Dorman he was Principal Partner in The Dorman Engineering Company of Northampton who's main product was the Dorman sewing machine, though they started manufacturing engines and made the Whirlwind motorised bicycle for a few years, before failing in 1903.

Masonically, amongst others, he was appointed Deputy Grand Master under The Earl of Euston in the Allied Masonic Degrees, and 33rd degree Inspector General, North-Central District in the Ancient & Accepted Rite. And he was, of course, a founder of Phipps Dorman Council No. 32.

Pictured is the centenary jewel – more a work of art than a feat of engineering.

Pictured are Deputy Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian Alexander, QC, with Master of the Council, V.Ill.Comp. Clifford Hadley, P.G.Lect. who secured the Centenary Jewels.