Allied Masonic Degrees

Grand Council of the Order of Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales
and Districts and Councils Overseas

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AMD Jackson 300The vast majority of the ‘additional’ Degrees worked in England in the early part of the nineteenth century originally came under the patronage of Warrants granted by the ‘Antients’, who held that Craft Warrants entitled Lodges to work any Masonic Degree to which they had knowledge and members available who could work it. Upon the formation of the United Grand Lodge various groups of Degrees were gradually organised into separate Orders each with their own governing body.

By the end of that century a large number of unrelated Degrees of no direct interest to any grand body was still being worked in different parts of the country. In the late 1870’s it was agreed by the then Grand Secretaries of the Craft, Mark, and Ancient and Accepted Rite to establish a ‘Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees in England and Wales and the Colonies and Dependencies of the British Crown’. The headquarters would be at Mark Masons’ Hall.

It was also agreed that no new body purporting to be a Masonic body could be legally established in England without the consent of the Governing Bodies of the Knights Templar, the Ancient and Accepted Rite, the Mark Masters, the Red Cross of Constantine, the Royal and Select Masters, and the new Grand Council; and that any new body established with such consent should be under the direction of the Grand Council. Thus was born Grand Council, which we know now as the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales and Districts, and Councils Overseas.

The Order has five Degrees; the Degree of St Lawrence the Martyr; the Degree of the Knights of Constantinople; the Degree of Grand Tilers of Solomon; The Red Cross of Babylon and The Holy Order of the Grand High Priest. Every Candidate must be a Mark Master Mason and a Companion of The Holy Royal Arch.

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Allied Masonic Degrees

Consecration of two new Councils in Athens

In what was very much a flying visit, a team from the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees travelled to Greece in April to Consecrate the second and third Greek AMD Councils, namely Sophia Council, No. 279 and Fos Council, No. 280. Both ceremonies were performed on the same day at the Masonic Centre in Kifisia, a residential and shopping district north-east of Athens. In addition to the excellent turn out from Grand Council and other Brethren who made the trip from England, more than thirty local Founders and Brethren were present to take part and enjoy the ceremonies; carried out by Most Worshipful Brother Thomas Firth Jackson, Grand Master as the Consecrating Officer, assisted by Right Worshipful Brother Andrew Sweeney, P.G.S.W., as Installing Officer and the Grand Senior and Grand Junior Wardens, Right Worshipful Brothers Robert Morrow and Jonathan Roberts respectively.

Pictured left to right: V.W.Bro. George Vasilogeorgis, P.G.Reg., enjoys a quiet moment with M.W.Bro. Thomas Firth Jackson, Grand Master.