Masonic Appendant Bodies

Below are brief descriptions of some of the Appendant Body Organizations that are affiliated with Freemasonry. If you’re aware of an appendant body that we’ve missed please feel free to Contact Us and we’re more then willing to review and add any groups that are associated with “Main Stream Masonry”. We are planning to sub-categorize any and all group at a later date, TBD.

Allied Masonic Degrees
A series of Masonic degrees conferred by Councils of the Allied Masonic Degrees. The Allied Masonic Degrees form an appendant order of Freemasonry that exists in some Masonic jurisdictions; its degrees are conferred only by invitation. Councils of the Allied Masonic Degrees exist in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, France and Australia and their members also educate one another by presenting research papers on Freemasonry.
Cryptic Masonry
Cryptic Masonry is the third part of the York Rite system of Masonic degrees, and the last found within the Rite that deals specifically with the Hiramic Legend. These degrees are the gateway to Temple restoration rituals or the Second Temple Legend. The body itself is known as either the Council of Royal & Select Masters or Council of Cryptic Masons depending on the jurisdiction.

Craft Masonry Vs. Cryptic Masonary Officers chairs

Craft Masonry Cryptic Masonry
Worshipful Master Thrice Illustrious Master
Senior Warden Deputy Master
Junior Warden Principal Conductor of the Work
Treasurer Treasurer
Secretary Recorder
Chaplain Chaplain
Senior Deacon Captain of the Guard
Junior Deacon Conductor of the Council
Senior Steward Steward
Junior Steward
Associate [or Assistant] Steward(s)
Marshal Marshal
Organist/Musician  Organist (or Musician)
Tiler Sentinel

* Councils in some jurisdictions have more than one Steward

Order of Mark Master Masons
an appendant order of Freemasonry that exists in some Masonic jurisdictions, and confers the degrees of Mark Man and Mark Master. 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.

Following the Union of the Ancients 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.

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.

The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (M.O.V.P.E.R. or The Grotto)
The Grotto was grown out of informal meetings by members of the Hamilton Lodge #120 in Hamilton, New York, who wished to seek “relaxation from the sterner duties of life by holding occasional informal meetings for fun and good fellowship” and play practical jokes on each other. On September 10, 1889, they decided to formally organize their group as the “Fairchild Deviltry Committee” of FDC, after LeRoy Fairchild, a local store owner and leader of the group. After a number of new branches formed in other localities the FDC formally transformed itself into the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm on June 13, 1890. The name of the organization, as well as its principle female auxiliary were derived from Lalla-Rookh by Thomas Moore.It is a social organization for Master Masons, and as such, all Master Masons are welcome to join. It encourages renewed interest in the Blue Lodges, though it makes no claim to be a part of Symbolic Craft Masonry. Members are distinguished by a black fez with a red tassel and a Mokanna head in the middle.
National Sojourners
The stated purpose of the organization is “to organize Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the uniformed forces of the United States who are Master Masons for the promotion of good fellowship among its members,  for developing true Patriotism and Americanism throughout the Nation. The organization pursues its aims by assisting local Masonic authorities through initiatives which promote American patriotism and Americanism, both with the fraternity and the community. These include: Youth Leadership Programs, essay contests, educational programs and involvement in ROTC and JROTC awards. The organization developed from a group of American Freemasons in the Philippines who participated from 1898 in meetings of a field lodge attached to the North Dakota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, which met under a dispensation granted by the Grand Lodge of North Dakota. When the regiment withdrew from the Philippines in 1900, the American Freemasons left behind formed an informal Sojourners Club.
Order of Knight Masons
A secular, chivalric Masonic order, open to all Master Masons who are also members of a Mark Lodge and a Royal Arch Chapter. Members of the order meet in Councils of Knight Masons which are governed by the Grand Council of Knight Masons based in Dublin, Ireland. A member of the group is a Knight Mason. There are degrees of this nature in appendant orders within various Masonic systems throughout the world. For example, the Allied Masonic Degrees, America’s York Rite, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and others have degrees that bear a close similarity to the Irish Knight Mason Degrees.

In Ireland the degrees were being conferred within Masonic Knights Templar Preceptories until 1923. When compared to similar ceremonies, the Irish version of these degrees are very elaborate and exceptionally detailed, and it was decided that they should be given their own governing body and be allowed to practice independently of the Masonic Knights Templars. In 1923 within Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin the first meeting of the Grand Council of Knight Masons took place and the consecration of new Councils to preserve the Knight Mason Degrees was planned.

In the U.S.A., Knight Masonry quickly flourished and eventually some American Councils formed a separate Grand Council of the U.S.A. This Grand Council governs Councils within many States within the U.S.A., however access to American Councils is strictly by invitation only, within the York Rite.

In England and Wales, there are three councils in London (two meeting at Mark Masons’ Hall, and one at Croydon), 1 in each of the following places Birmingham, Essex, and Kent.

Today, the Order of Knight Masons under the Grand Council of Knight Masons can be found all over the world. Councils can be found in across the globe in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. New Councils continue to be founded, most recently in Bermuda, Greece and England. Qualification for membership is craft royal arch and mark mason.

Ye Antient Order of Noble Corks (Ancient & Honourable Societas Korcorum Magnae Britanniae (Noble Order of Corks)(The Corks)
Universally known, informally, as The Cork, is an informal degree allied to Freemasonry.[1] It is described as a “fun” degree, with charitable fund raising as a principal aim. Distinctly nautical in form, its membership is open to Master Masons in good standing who are either a companion in the Holy Royal Arch or a Warden, Master or Past Master of a craft Lodge. The title ‘Cork’ or ‘Corks’ is derived from the cork stopper of a wine bottle, which is the organization’s principal emblem. In different countries this emblem appears variously as a miniature cork set in a silver clasp (for carrying), or a small cork suspended from a light blue ribbon (to be worn like a medal), or the image of a cork with a corkscrew inserted at an angle. All fees received by the Lodge must be paid, in full, to the treasurer of a charity, preferably a children’s charity with no deduction being made for administrative expenses. Meetings are characterized by regular humorous ‘fines’, in which a single member, or (more commonly) everybody present, is required to pay a fine by throwing a coin into a bucket or other receptacle. All fines are also applied to charitable purposes, usually a children’s charity.
Order of the Amaranth
A Masonic-affiliated organization for Master Masons and their Ladies founded in 1873. As in the Order of the Eastern Star, members of the Order must be age 18 and older; men must be Master Masons; and women must be related to Masons as wives, mothers, daughters, widows, sisters, nieces, aunts, et cetera, or have been active members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or Job’s Daughters International for more than three years and be recommended by a Master Mason.
Philalethes Society
A Masonic research society based in North America. The society was founded on October 1, 1928, by a group of Masonic authors led by Cyrus Field Willard. Willard was a former reporter for the Boston Globe and the founder of a utopian commune on Puget Sound. Philalethes was designed to serve the needs of those in search of deeper insight into the history, rituals and symbolism of Freemasonry. The Greek word φιλαλήθης (pronounced “fill-a-LAY-thayss”) was used by ancient writers such as Aristotle and Plutarch, and means “a lover of truth.” One of the early uses of the word was as part of a “nome de plume” of Eirenaeus Philalethes (the peaceful lover of truth) who was a 17th-century alchemist and the author of many influential works. The word came into Masonic circles through alchemical mystic Robert Samber (1682–1745), who used the pseudonym Eugenius Philalethes; Samber’s use, in turn, was an homage to Thomas Vaughan, an earlier alchemist who had used the same name. Finally, a Rite of Philaléthes was founded in Paris in 1772, devoted to the study of esotericism. Founding President Cyrus Field Willard wrote in 1936 that the Philalethes Society took its name from the Parisian Philaléthes.
Red Cross of Constantine
The Red Cross of Constantine, or more formally the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Appendant Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St John the Evangelist, is a Christian Order of Freemasonry. Candidates for the Order must already be members of Craft Freemasonry and Royal Arch Freemasonry; they must also be members of the Christian religion, and ready to proclaim their belief in the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The organization heavily draws inspiration from the Catholic chivalric orders of Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Tracing the precise origins of these Orders has proved problematic to historians, not least due to the large number of fraternal organizations whose titles include, or have historically included, the phrase “Red Cross”. It seems likely that the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine was being worked in England by 1780, but following several re-organizations the earliest documented date of the Order in its present form is 1865, when its constitution was formally established by Robert Wentworth Little. In time it became one of the ten ‘additional’ Masonic Orders (or families of Orders) controlled from a common headquarters at Mark Masons’ Hall, London. Following the establishment of Conclaves in overseas nations, a number of sovereign foreign Grand Imperial Councils (ruling bodies) have been established.

Royal Arch Masonry (also known as “Capitular Masonry”)
Is the first part of the York Rite system of Masonic degrees. Royal Arch Masons meet as a Chapter, and the Royal Arch Chapter confers four degrees: Mark Master Mason, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason.

Craft Masonry Vs. Royal Arch Chapter Officers Chairs

Mark Master Mason (Virtual) Past Master Most Excellent Master Royal Arch Mason
Master Master Master High Priest
Senior Warden Senior Warden Senior Warden King
Junior Warden Junior Warden none Scribe
Senior Deacon Senior Deacon Senior Deacon Principal Sojourner
Junior Deacon Junior Deacon Junior Deacon Royal Arch Captain
Master Overseer none none Master of the Third Veil
Senior Overseer none none Master of the Second Veil
Junior Overseer none none Master of the First Veil
Marshal Marshal Marshal Captain of the Host
Tyler Tyler Tyler Sentinel
Secretary Secretary Secretary Secretary
Treasurer Treasurer Treasurer Treasurer
Societas Rosicruciana or (Rosicrucian Society)
This Rosicrucian order limits its membership to Christian Master Masons. The order was founded in Scotland, but now exists in England, Scotland, Canada, France, Portugal, Romania, Ireland and the United States. While a prospective member must be a Trinitarian Christian Master Mason in good standing with a Grand Lodge that is recognized by the Grand Lodge of the jurisdiction in which the Society meets, the various Societies have no other Masonic links, ties, or official recognition. Additionally, in a few jurisdictions membership is by invitation only. As the Society offers assistance to all its members in working out the great problems of nature and science, it functions in some respects as a research society.
The Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA
The first Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, It claims that all other Supreme Councils and Subordinate Bodies of the Scottish Rite are derived from it. Its official full name is “The Supreme Council of the Inspectors General Knights Commander of the House of the Temple of Solomon of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.”
Tall Cedars of Lebanon
A side degree of Freemasonry, open to Master Masons in good standing in a regular Masonic Lodge. Its motto, “Fun, Frolic, & Fellowship,” is indicative of this social bent. Its members are distinguished by the pyramid-shaped hats they wear at their functions. The name is derived from the cedars of Lebanon that King Solomon used to build his Temple. The origin of the degree originated before the establishment of the formal organization. Some historians trace it as far back as the 1840s. The awarding of the degree apparently involved a deal of roughhousing. The Tall Cedars of Lebanon of the U.S.A. was founded in 1902 in Trenton, New Jersey. The organization adopted its present official name in 1972