Scarlet Cord

The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord


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The current Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord is based on an earlier Order, The Royal Order of Knights of the Scarlet Cord, developed in the British Isles in 1889, which was itself derived from 18th Century documents from the Amsterdam Masonic archives.

The rituals and ceremonies were rewritten and enriched by His Honour Judge Fredrick Adolphus Philbrick, KC, and were performed as appendant grades to the Order of the Secret Monitor. The rituals of the Order are taken from Old Testament times, commencing at the period of Joshua, the fall of Jericho and the story of Rahab. The main purpose was to raise considerable sums of money for the Secret Monitor Benevolent Fund, which still plays a significant role in Masonic welfare provision today. The Order ceased working in 1929.

A paper on the original Order written and delivered in 2001 by Peter Glyn Williams, the then Grand Supreme Ruler of the Secret Monitor, stimulated interest in the long-forgotten rituals. In 2006 a Secret Monitor Conclave was Consecrated with the sole purpose of reviving the old Order and conferring updated versions of the original six grades, some of which only remained in fragmented form. A huge appetite for the grades among Secret Monitors led to the Order being inaugurated as a separate Sovereign body in a magnificent ceremony in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall on 21 July 2010.

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Scarlet Cord reaches Switzerland2

On Saturday 22nd September 2018, the first Swiss Scarlet Cord Consistory was consecrated at Lugano by the Grand Summus, Most Distinguished Companion Ian Currans, together with a team from Grand Senatus.

Although consecrated in the beautiful surroundings of Lugano, Le Cordon Ecarlate du Léman Consistory (the Lake Geneva Scarlet Cord Consistory) No 120 will meet at Lausanne, drawing its members from the two Swiss OSM Conclaves, one of which had been consecrated the day before. The President of No 120 is Very Distinguished Companion Peter Ribi, formerly the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Switzerland and well-known to many as the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler for London in the OSM.


M.Dist.Comp. Ian S. Currans
Grand Summus

R.Dist.Comp. Francis C. Spencer
Deputy Grand Summus

R.Dist.Comp. Howard S. Markham
Assistant Grand Summus


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