Very Distinguished Companion John Warham 5°
Provincial Grand Secretary
Distinguished Companion David Reynolds 3°
|The Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord|
|The Order of the Scarlet Cord was part of the Order of the Secret Monitor. The qualifications for membership are that candidates must be 2° members or Princes of the OSM. The qualification to be a member of the OSM is that candidates must be Master Masons.
The Order was originally founded in 1889 as the “Royal Order of Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord” under the jurisdiction of the Order of the Secret Monitor. To qualify for membership a candidate had to be a Prince or a 2° member of the Order of the Secret Monitor and also had to have contributed to the Fund of Benevolence and hold a special badge. There were six Grades to the Order. The order went mostly into abeyance during the First World War and was briefly revived in 1919 but in 1929 it was resolved that all ceremonial work of the Royal Order of Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord should cease.
Up until 2006 no more monies had been paid into the OSM Benevolent Fund and it was decided that the Order should be revived with a view to bring in new donations and give a new interest to the Order of the Secret Monitor. Accordingly a number of members of the OSM were invited to form and found a new OSM Conclave to be authorized to hold a Consistory of the Royal Order of Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord. These members would have to contribute to the OSM Benevolent Fund and they would be given a jewel in place of the badges issued by the original Order. On the 5th of December 2006 the Scarlet Cord Conclave No. 500 on the register of the Order of the Secret Monitor was consecrated with two members from Northumberland, Robert Carr Logan and John Warham being made members of the 1st Grade of the Order and founders of the new Conclave and revived Order. Meetings were then held on London and elsewhere to bring in further members and promote members through the various Grades of the Order. By 2008 it was becoming apparent that Scarlet Cord Conclave No. 500 was becoming too big and would soon be unable to cope with administering the Order or handling all of the grade ceremonies. Provinces were encouraged to form their own Scarlet Cord Conclaves. By 2009 moves were in hand to separate the Scarlet Cord from the Secret Monitor and the new Order would be named the Ancient and Masonic Order of Knights of the Scarlet Cord. There would still be six Grades to attain but the necessity of contributing toward the OSM Benevolent fund was removed. Northumberland formed its Scarlet Cord Conclave as The Scarlet Cord Conclave of Northumberland No. 559 on 22 May 2010. When the new Grand Senatus (Grand Lodge) was constituted on 21 July 2010 No. 559 was erased from the register of the Order of the Secret Monitor and instated on the Register of the Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord as Northumberland ConsistoryNo.39. Because it was Constituted before the Grand Senatus Northumberland Consistory was given Time Immemorial status