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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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Warlingham Consistory, No. 134 Consecrated in Surrey

On Wednesday 30 October, the lovely, scenic town of Redhill in Surrey was brightened by the Consecration of a new Consistory named after Warlingham (the former home of Sir Joseph Swan - the inventor of the incandescent light bulb).

M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans arrived with a full team to enjoy a splendid Consecration Meeting of the Warlingham Consistory, No. 134. The Meeting was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by the Founders, Consecrating Team and guests alike.

V.Dist.Comp. Phillip Purves, V, G.D.C.; Comp. Simon McCarthy, III, P.Prov.G.Stwd. (Surrey); R.Dist.Comp. Louis Keats, V, Prov.G.S. (Surrey); R.Dist.Comp. Michael Barnes, VI, P.Prov.G.S. (Surrey); Comp. Christopher Eley, III, Prov.G.Rec. (Surrey)

The Grand Summus with his Consecrating Team

The Founders of the Warlingham Consistory, No. 134.


We wish them all the best for the future of this warm and friendly Consistory.



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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