Royal & Select Masters

The Grand Council of the Order of Royal and Select Masters of England and Wales
and its Districts and Councils Overseas


RSM Jones 300The Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of England and Wales and its Districts and Councils Overseas was formally constituted on 29 July 1873 by four Councils chartered just two years earlier by the Grand Council of New York.

They organised themselves into a Sovereign body under the Patronage of the Rev. Canon G.R. Portal, a Past Grand Master of Mark Master Masons, who was Installed as the Grand Master of the Order. By the turn of the century there were twenty seven Councils and a similar number Consecrated by the end of the second world war. The Order then grew rapidly with the number on the Roll at the end of 2013 being over 250 Councils.

The Degrees in the Order - four in total - are often referred to as the 'Cryptic Degrees', and the Order sometimes as 'Cryptic'. The ceremonies complete the Solomonic legend as they prove the essential link between the Degrees of Mark Mason, the Raising in Craft, and The Royal Arch.

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Royal & Select Masters

Grand Master's Address 2019

Address of the Grand Master
M.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones
Grand Council
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Companions, I begin by welcoming you to our Annual Meeting and by expressing my appreciation that many of you have travelled considerable distances to be here. I look forward to sharing further time with you at our celebratory luncheon.

To start proceedings with an extended Obituary detailing the loss of so many well respected and revered Companions is not ideal. However, such sadness was quickly replaced by the joy and happiness of the Investiture proceedings.

I know that I speak on behalf of you all when I congratulate the Companions whom I have appointed to Grand Council Rank or promoted in it. The Investiture will have been a major and memorable event in their Cryptic careers, and they should need no reminding that their new status brings with it increased responsibilities which must be firmly grasped.

To those Companions I say, you are the future of our Order and although I stand centre stage today, today is primarily your day. But remember, I always expect more; the Impresario Irvine Berlin once remarked “The toughest thing about success is that you have got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point. You have to keep on working on that talent, otherwise someday you’ll reach for it and it won’t be there”.

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M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones
Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon Ian D. G. Alexander, KC
Deputy Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. Paul A. Norman
Grand Principal Conductor of the Work


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