Mark Master Mason

The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales
and its Districts and Lodges Overseas


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The Degree of Mark Master Mason is open to all Master Masons. The ceremony, in which a Brother is 'advanced', can be said to comprise two Degrees; the first in which he is acknowledged as a Mark Man, followed by the second where he becomes a Mark Master Mason. The Mark referred to in its title takes its name from the mark or symbol with which the stonemason identified his work and can still be found in many cathedrals and important buildings.

Much use is made of Holy Writ to instruct the Candidate and Brethren in the story which serves to teach that the real message is one of contemplation of human strengths and weaknesses. In chronological terms the Degree follows that of the Second Degree in Craft masonry. There is reputedly some evidence that the Degree is 400 years old but the earliest English records stem from 1769 when it was first worked in Chapter of Friendship, Royal Arch Chapter No. 257 (formerly No. 3) in Portsmouth. However, a minute book dated 1599 of the Lodge of Edinburgh states that several speculative brethren had appended their marks after their names.

The first meeting of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons was held on Monday, 23 June 1856.

The ordinary members' regalia comprises an apron and breast jewel. The apron is of white kid with a triangular flap bordered with a two inch ribbon of light blue with crimson edges. It has rosettes of the same colour whilst Masters and Past Masters have the rosettes replaced with silver levels. The jewel of the order is a key stone appended to a ribbon which matches the apron and bears a mallet & chisel which are the tools of the Order. The key stone, which bears certain characters, forms an integral part of the ceremony.

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Mark Master Mason

Team Visit to Powys Lodge of M.M.M., No. 685 on 31 October 2019

R.W.Bro. Robert Andrew Stokes accompanied by W.Bro. Brian J. Elliott, P.G.S.D., Deputy Provincial Grand Master and 21 members of the Provincial Team together with 10 Grand Officers visited the Lodge to complete the Lodge Centenary Celebration.

The Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison, at the request of the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Williams, presented members of the Lodge with a Lodge Centenary Jewel. Also visiting the Lodge were R.W.Bro. Michael E. Herbert, P.Dep.G.M., R.W.Bro. Philip J. Mann (Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland), R.W.Bro. A Morris, Dep.Pres.M.B.F. together with the immediate Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George E Bonham, G.M.R.A.C.

Following the presentation Bro. Simon Craggs was Advanced by W.Bro. Kevin Williams and the Lodge officers with great sincerity and feeling. It will be remembered by those present as an outstanding ceremony for many years to come. After the ceremony the Assistant Grand Master, whilst welcoming Bro. Simon to our Order, presented him with a Lodge Centenary Jewel. The Provincial Grand Master congratulated him on becoming a member of the Lodge and hoped that he would have a long and happy association with the Lodge, he then presented him with a copy of the Province booklet entitled “Notes for the guidance of Newly Advanced Brethren”

Afterwards, 58 brethren enjoyed the fellowship of the Festive Board under the direction of W.Bro.Mark Golding Dep.G.D.C.

Left to right: W.Bro. Balbir Lotay, D.C.; R.W.Bro. Phil Mann, Prov.G.M. Leics & Rutland; W.Bro. Mark Golding, Dep.G.D.C; R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison, Assistant Grand Master; Bro. Simon Craggs, Advancee; W.Bro. Kevin Williams, W.M.; R.W.Bro. Robert Stokes, Prov.G.M; W.Bro. Brian Elliott, Dep.Prov.G.M.; R.W.Bro. George Bonham, P.Prov.G.M; and W.Bro. David Balmer, Prov.G.D.C.


M.W.Bro. His Royal Highness
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
Grand Master

M.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Francis C. Spencer
Deputy Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Prof Denovan K. Wilson
Assistant Grand Master


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