Welcome to the website of the Mark Province of Hertfordshire – I hope that you will find it useful, interesting and informative, whether you are already a member of the Order, or are looking to find out more about us.
The Order of Mark Master Masons is the third largest of the Masonic Orders, following the Craft and the Royal Arch. The only requirement of membership is that the candidate must have been initiated, passed and raised in the three degrees of Craft Masonry.
The ceremony of being made a Mark Master Mason, known as Advancement, is beautiful, interesting and enlightening, with the Candidate right at its heart. It depicts an incident at the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and the use of a stonemason’s selected Mark. It teaches important lessons about our roles in life, and how good work in due course earns its just reward. Just as the Holy Royal Arch completes the third Degree for a Master Mason, the Degree of Mark Master Mason is often referred to as the completion of the second Degree.
Being a Mark Master Mason also enables you to further your Masonic career by becoming a member of the Royal Ark Mariners, Royal and Select Masters or Allied Masonic Degrees.
Should you decide to take an extra step and come into the Order you will be assured of a hearty welcome, especially in ‘Happy Hertfordshire’, in what is universally known as the friendly degree where ‘among Mark Master Masons you will ever find friends’.
The Province of Hertfordshire was inaugurated in 1886, and at that time consisted of just four Lodges including the oldest in the Province, Watford Lodge No. 241. The Province has now grown to comprise 38 Mark Lodges and 30 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges meeting at centres around the Province, with the most recent addition being that of the Rudyard Kipling Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1947, which was consecrated in 2013.
Nationally, the Order is one of those administered by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons from its headquarters at 86 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1PL and has as its Grand Master H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, the blood brother of the Duke of Kent, the Grand Master of the Craft.
R.W.Bro James Harrison
Provincial Grand Master
Mark Province of Hertfordshire