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About Mark Masonry


The Mark Degree is the largest degree after Craft and Holy Royal Arch and whilst the Book of Constitutions states that pure Ancient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more, namely the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch, this does not take into account that before the Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges of Fremasons in 1813 a form of Mark Degree was being extensively worked in London and the Provinces.


In many countries the Mark Degree forms a part of either the Craft or Holy Royal Arch and candidates become Mark Masons on being passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft.  In England the degree is entirely separate and has its own Grand Lodge, founded in 1856 and based at 86 St James’s, London.


In this Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight there are 48 Mark Lodges overseen by their own Provincial Grand Master currently RW Bro John Prizeman together with a Deputy PGM VW Bro George Deacon and Assistant PGM W Bro Roger Jenkins.  The present Provincial Grand Secretary is W Bro Peter Lewis, but within Woolmer Forest Lodge both W Bro Peter Jones and W Bro Peter James are past Provincial Grand Secretaries of the Order.   As in the Craft the Province is divided into groups with a Group Representative for each and a Visiting Grand Officer allocated to each Lodge and responsible to the Group Representative,

RW Bro Brian Bellinger RW Bro Ernest Moss and RW Bro Alan Chun, all former Craft PGM’s, are senior members in the Mark Degree. The current Deputy PGM and almost all the Assistant PGM’s in the Craft are also active Mark Masons.  W Bro Rev John Harvey was formerly the DPGM in the Mark Province. W Bro Dr Roger Jago, until recently Most Excellent Grand Superintendent was Assistant Provincial Grand Master in Mark, and the current MEGS W Bro Alan Berman is a Mark Grand Officer.


The Mark Degree is one of hope and encouragement dealing with the building of King Solomon’s Temple and illustrates the contemplation of human strengths and weaknesses.  It is also deeply committed to Charity and within this Province has made substantial donations to numerous Masonic and non-Masonic worthy causes including the Craft Festival 2016.


As the Craft Degree has the Holy Royal Arch so the Mark Degree has the degree of Royal Ark Mariner based on Noah and the floods.  No one can be a Royal Ark Mariner without first becoming a Mark Master Mason.  The Province boasts 27 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges all of whom come under the leadership of the Mark Provincial Grand Master and managed by the Mark Provincial Executive.


It is not without good reason that the Mark Degree is known as “The Friendly Degree” as indeed it is.  If you are interested in finding out more you can contact Peter Jones or Peter James within the lodge or go to Hants-Masons-Mark.org website.  There are two Mark Lodges at Bordon and one Royal Ark Mariner.  I can assure you that “among Mark Master Masons you will ever find friends who will administer relief to your distress and comfort in your afflictions”.

Peter James