Allied Masonic Degrees
The Order of The Allied Masonic Degrees was established in the Channel Islands on Saturday 20th May
2000 with the Consecration of both Councils by the M.W.Grand Master, Michael Edward Herbert and a team
of Assisting Grand Officers, which included the Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro.Major James Stuart Peters
and the Past Grand Master, M.W.Bro.Timothy J.Lewis. There were also 10 other active Grand Officers
The Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees was created in the late 1870's to give some cohesion to the various degrees that had originally been granted by the "Antients". The object of the original Constitutions as contained in Rule 1 was stated in the following terms: "In view of the rapid increase in Lodges of various Orders recognising no central authority and acknowledging no common form of government, a ruling body has been formed to take under its direction all Lodges of such various Orders in England and Wales and in the Colonies and Dependencies of the British Crown"
Between 1870 and 1931 there was much discussion as to which Orders fell under this new body, in particular Grand Council obtained control of a large group of Knight Templar Priest Degrees and also the Secret Monitor Degree from America. In 1923, following the formation of the Grand College of England of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Grand Council disclaimed all interest in such degrees; and after protracted discussions with the Grand Council of the Order of the Secret Monitor a treaty was signed in 1931 agreeing to cease the practice of the Secret Monitor degree under Grand Council jurisdiction.
The following degrees are worked under the authority of the Grand Council:
- St Lawrence the Martyr
- Knight of Constantinople
- Grand Tilers of Solomon
- The Red Cross of Babylon
- The Holy Order of the Grand High Priest
A Candidate must first be admitted to the Degree of St Lawrence the Martyr, but the other four degrees may be conferred in any order and in any Council. Regalia today consists only of a Breast Jewel apertaining to the relevant degree.