Provincial Grand Lodge of
Mark Master Masons
Provincial Grand Master
R.W.Bro David Edmund Tremaine
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire was constituted under the authority of a Patent presented in Grand Lodge on the Sixth day of June 1881 by the Right Honourable John Major Henniker-Major, 5th Baron Henniker, Most Worshipful Grand Mark Mason of England and Wales (as he was then styled), to Right Worshipful Brother the Reverend John Studholme Brownrigg MA of the College of St Mary Magdelene in the Unversity of Cambridge and Rector of Mulsoe in the County of Buckinghamshire as the Provincial Grand Master, and the Provincial Grand Lodge was formed and the Provincial Grand Master Installed according to ancient form at Newport Pagnell on the Twelfth day of September 1882 by (his father) R.W.Bro General John Studholme Brownrigg C.B. P.G.W.
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons is, as is well known, the blood brother of HRH Duke of Kent, the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England. According to the earliest known English records Mark Masonry was introduced in a speculative body at Portsmouth on the 1st September 1769 by Thomas Dunkerley. Records do not show where he got the degree from, but all researchers into Freemasonry know of the man and his place in the history of Freemasonry.
The Mark Degree is open to all Master Masons. The Order is generally perceived to be more informal than the Craft and there is no doubt that 'among Mark Master Masons you will ever find friends'. The ceremony of admission is called “advancement” and chronologically the degree follows that of the Fellow Craft. The legend of the degree is most instructive, is well founded on statements of Holy Writ and relates to a period in the building of the Temple prior to the death of Hiram. It teaches the lesson that education is the reward of labour and contains a dramatic message. The symbol of the degree is a keystone, on which are engraved certain mystic letters, the meaning of which is revealed during the ceremony. The Mark Degree assists old and young brethren alike to gain experience in Freemasonry, and thus make their mark,without first having been installed in the Craft Chair.
The Degree of Royal Ark Mariner is closely linked with, although separate from, the Mark Degree and is administered by it. It presents useful lessons of morality and integrity using as a foundation the Biblical legend of Noah constructing the Ark to escape with his family from the great Flood. The Mark Degree Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and his senior officers are always also at the head of the Royal Ark Mariner in the Province. In Buckinghamshire there are at present 17 Mark Lodges and 10 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges details of which can be found either on this website or in the Buckinghamshire Masonic Directory.
THE MARK DEGREE and Royal Ark Mariner Degree