The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord in the British Isles and its Districts and Consistories Overseas
The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord is based on an earlier order. The Royal Order of Knights of the Scarlet Cord was developed in the British Isles in 1889 which was itself derived from several sources.
The Order ceased working in 1929. The rituals of the order are from the Old Testament comprising of beautiful and impressive stories.
In 2001 the Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor at that time namely Most Worthy Brother Peter Glyn Williams delivered a paper on the Order which stimulated great interest. 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. A huge appetite for the grades among Secret Monitors led to the Order becoming a separate Sovereign body on 21 July 2010.
Since the recommencement of the Order the membership has grown substantially.
In order to become a member of The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord one needed to be a Prince (2nd Degree) in the Order of the Secret Monitor. However, the entry requirements have been lowered whereby entry into the order is open to any member of the Order of the Secret Monitor.
The Provincial Grand Senatus of The Chilterns operates within the area of the Order of the Secret Monitor province of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. For further information on The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord in the province please go to: www.oxfordshirefreemasons.org.uk/scarlet_cord.htm