Royal & Select Masters

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


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

New Deputy District Grand Master Invested at Ninth Arch Council, No. 318

On Wednesday 20 November M.Ill.Comp. Kessick John Jones, Grand Master, paid a visit to the meeting of Ninth Arch Council No. 318 at Ashwell House, St Albans, Hertfordshire, to see the new Deputy District Grand Master Ill.Comp. John Wickes, being invested by the District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Peter Brindle. Also in attendance were all three previous and the present District Grand Masters since the District was established in 1996 and the opportunity to have a photograph taken with the Grand Master could not be missed. There cannot be may districts who have four past & present District Grand Masters.

Back Row (left-to-right): R.Ill.Comp. Colin Hellyer, P.Dist.G.M. - R.Ill.Comp. Peter Brindle, Dist.G.M.

Front Row (left-to-right): R.Ill.Comp Colin Thurston, P.Dist.G.M. – M.Ill.Comp. Kessick John Jones, Grand Master – R.Ill.Comp. Peter Baikie, P.Dist.G.M.


M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones
Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon Ian D. G. Alexander, KC
Deputy Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. Paul A. Norman
Grand Principal Conductor of the Work


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