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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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Guernsey Lilly Consistory Consecration

The impressive Guernsey Masonic Centre played host to the Consecration of the second Consistory in the Channel Islands, Guernsey Lilly No.125, on the morning of Monday 20th May 2019.

Following on from the success of Le Couperon Consistory on Jersey, this new Consistory will enable Guernsey Secret Monitors to enjoy Scarlet Cord Masonry on their own island.

The Consistory was consecrated by Most Distinguished Companion Ian Currans, the Grand Summus, assisted by a team from Grand Senatus. The first President, Distinguished Companion Peter Jehan, was installed by the Deputy Grand Summus Frank Spencer with the Address beautifully delivered by Howard Markham, Assistant Grand Summus.

The Companions subsequently enjoyed an excellent lunch at La Villette Hotel.


The photograph shows the Rulers of the Order with the Principal Officers of the new Consistory.