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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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Kent Installation of a new Provincial Grand Summus

The Masonic Hall in Manor Road, Chatham was packed on the morning of Saturday, 23 February 2019 to witness the Installation of R.Dist.Comp. Philip Clare as Provincial Grand Summus for Kent. The Grand Senatus team was led by the Grand Summus.

R.Dist.Comp. Clare then Installed Dist.Comp. Dave Raymond as his Deputy, and Dist.Comp. Jim Trevillion as his Assistant.

The occasion was particularly well supported by senior figures from the Mark, Craft, Royal Arch and other masonic Orders in Kent.

 Kent Installation 2019

R.Dist.Comp. Trevor Currans (acting Deputy Grand Summus), Dist.Comp. Dave Raymond, the Grand Summus, the new Provincial Grand Summus, Dist.Comp. Jim Trevillion and Assistant Grand Summus R.Dist.Comp. Howard Markham.


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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