Order of the Secret Monitor

The Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan


OSM sweeney 300The Order of the Secret Monitor, which developed from a still more ancient Degree, is the Brotherhood of David and Jonathan and is in its way older than Freemasonry itself. Its principles and its watchwords being founded upon those grand examples set by two worthy Hebrew Princes around 1000 BC as recorded in the Jewish history of the Bible.

History tells us that the “Order of David & Jonathan” was taken to the New World in or about 1658 by Dutch settlers. The inauguration meeting of Grand Conclave, under the banner of Alfred Meadows Conclave No. 1 was held at the Hotel Victoria, London, SW on 15 July 1887.

This is a Society framed upon the principles of self sacrifice; of mutual trust, watchful Brotherly care; of warning in time of danger; solace in time of sorrow; and skillful and effective friendly advice in every circumstance of life: A Society that meets a great and crying need in human affairs and is calculated to benefit those who act up to its tenets.

There are three Degrees in the Order; Induction ceremony, Princes or admission Degree and the Third Degree which is when a Brother is Installed as a Supreme Ruler of his Conclave. At this point he is also commissioned as a Supreme Ruler within the Order. This entitles him to conduct ceremonies in any Conclave.

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Right Worthy Brother Richard Samuel Moss

After a prolonged period of illness, Right Worthy Brother Richard Samuel Moss passed to the Grand Conclave above on Wednesday, 5 September 2018. He is survived by his wife, Hazel and children Helen, Sam and Tom and two Granddaughters.

Richard’s funeral took place on Monday, 1 October and was attended by over 200 family and friends keen to pay their respects. Wy.Bro. Alan Beckerton gave a moving tribute to Richard and his many notable achievements for Freemasonry in Derbyshire and beyond.

A collection was taken for the Belper Masonic Benevolent Fund, a charity that Richard was involved with for many years and a total of £966 was contributed on the day. If you were not able to be present at the funeral and would like to contribute, please send your donation to:

Belper Masonic Benevolent Fund
Sort Code: 16-13-11
Account Number: 10140964.

Richard’s passing is a great loss. He had an impact on the lives of all who knew him - it was a privilege to have known him.

UPDATE: 10/10/2018


M.Wy.Bro. Andrew C. Sweeney
Grand Supreme Ruler

R.Wy.Bro. Keith B. Ferguson
Deputy Grand Supreme Ruler

R.Wy.Bro. G. Llewellyn Gill
Assistant Grand Supreme Ruler 


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