About Us

The Exon Lodge of Mark Master Masons no. 1075 was Founded in 1947. In the early Post War years Freemasonry was enjoying a revival generally, and this Lodge was founded by Craft Masons from the Old Helean and St Thomas Lodges.

We meet at the Freemasons' Hall in Gandy Street, held on the fourth Wednesday in January, March, May and November, Tyle 18:30. Our Installation meeting is in May at 18:00.


What is Mark Masonry?

The Mark Degree may be considered to be an extension of the Second Degree in the Craft. The Ceremony takes it’s form from the earlier practice of conferring the degree of Mark Man on Fellowcrafts, and the degree of Mark Master on Master Masons, within a Craft Lodge.

Therefore the Mark degree, as is the requirement in other Constitutions, is a logical step from the Craft to the Royal Arch, and enables the candidate to more fully appreciate the structure and beauty of Solomonic Masonry.

The first record of the degree is in 1769, when Thomas Dunckerley, as Provincial Grand Superintendent, conferred the degrees of Mark Man and Mark Master Mason at a Royal Arch Chapter in Portsmouth.[8]
Following the Union of the Antients and Moderns Grand Lodges and the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813, the articles of union stated that there would be three Craft degrees only, including the Royal Arch, excluding the Mark degree. For this reason, while in the rest of the world Mark Masonry became attached to Royal Arch chapters, in England it was actually proscribed from the Union until the 1850s. It was a group of Scottish masons who procured an illegal warrant from Bon Accord Chapter in Aberdeen to set up a Mark lodge in London. An attempt to add Mark Masonry to the approved craft workings was defeated in 1856, and a Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons was created in response.[9]
As Freemasonry spread around the globe in the 18th and 19th centuries, Mark Masonry became well established and now has a worldwide presence, with six daughter Grand Lodges and the degree being worked under alternative administrative structures elsewhere. In England, the current Mark Grand Master, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, is the younger brother of the Craft Grand Master, HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.
Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas speculate in their 1996 book The Hiram Key that the construction of the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland (1440–1490) provided the interface between the Knights Templar and Freemasonry. According to that analysis, the first degree and Mark Masonry was introduced by William Sinclair, whom they claim was the first Grand Master and founder of Freemasonry.
(credited to Wikipedia)

Contact Us

For membership enquiries, or to visit us, please contact the Secretary at exonmark1075@gmail.com.