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 District Grand Master Installed for Hertfordshire

St Albans, well known for being the 3rd Century home of the first British Christian Martyr and the first “self-service” Tesco in 1948.

But the "first" that Companions of the Order made their way to a packed Ashwell House to witness was for the Installation of the new District Grand Master, Group Captain Peter John Brindle, ready to see how he handled this debut – or “take off” - in his new role. Peter is well known throughout the District, the Order and beyond and the support for the meeting gives a promising indication as to the health of the District. We hope it continues to grow and flourish under his leadership.

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian D.G. Alexander, QC, Dep.G.M., R.Ill.Comp. Gp Capt Peter J. Brindle, Dist.G.M., M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones, Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Richard L. Gan, JP, IX, G.P.C.W. and Ill.Comp. Neil Phillips, Dist.G.P.C.W.


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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