Scarlet Cord

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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That’ll be the Kolkata marathon 2019, when R.Dist.Comp. Geoff Gill (Province of West Lancashire), R.Dist.Comp. Krishnamchari Gopal (District of Southern India), and R.Dist.Comp. Stephen Hindes (District of Western India) donned the glorious robes of the Scarlet Cord (rather than running vests) for an incredible marathon of Freemasonry - the Consecration in the historic Freemasons' Hall, Kolkata of three Consistories (Calcutta, Eastern India and Bengal) in one day.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, 16 November 2019, they finally ceased labour at 9 p.m. to receive their well-earned refreshment. And just in case there was any doubt, and to underline his stamina and fortitude, R.Dist.Comp. Stephen Hindes capped it all with the Consecration of Mount Zion Rose Croix Chapter.


Bengal Consistory, No. 131

Calcutta Consistory, No. 130


Eastern India Consistory, No. 132


M.Dist.Comp. Ian S. Currans
Grand Summus

R.Dist.Comp. Francis C. Spencer
Deputy Grand Summus

R.Dist.Comp. Howard S. Markham
Assistant Grand Summus


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