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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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The Scarlet Cord – First Meeting – First Grade – First Class

Tuesday 28 July saw twenty Companions of the Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord descend upon Mumbai Square Restaurant’s Masonic Temple in London for a meeting of Middlesex Consistory No. 105, the first meeting of a Consistory since the suspension of Masonic activity was lifted.

Amongst those present were M.Dist.Comp. Ian S. Currans, Grand Summus; R.Dist.Comp. Howard S. Markham, A.G.S.; R.Dist.Comp. Trevor P. Dutt, RD, Prov.G.S.; and V.Dist.Comp. Phillip J. Purves, G.D.C.

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The Companion’s efforts to attend were rewarded with a fine conferral of the First Grade by Em.Comp. Seirios Kokkalis, acting as Primus of Ostiarii.

This was followed by Dist.Comp. Rod Bradley being Installed in equally first-class fashion by Dist.Comp. Matthew Hampson.

Both ceremonies were expertly led by the Grand Director of Ceremonies, debuting his social distancing amendments to the ritual.

The Consistory meeting was preceded by a business meeting of Epping Forest Conclave No. 306 (O.S.M.) making it a very enjoyable double event for all who attended.



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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