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District Grand Lodge of the Transvaal

(Double Quota Keystone District)

RW Bro D A Gurney

District Grand Master

W Bro J H Spiller, DGR

Deputy District Grand Master

W Bro I Fraser RAMGR & W Bro D B Allanby

Assistant District Grand Masters

Royal Ark Mariners

District Grand Secretary:

W. Bro. N A Griffin
P O Box 10138
Fourways East 2055

Phone: 082 827 7575
Email: Mark.DGL.Transvaal@gmail.com

Link to the Mark Website

RAM History and Origin

RAM JewelWhile the statutes of a self-styled Grand Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners produced in 1871 mention that '. . . in the year 1772 a Grand Lodge was reconstituted', this evidence is not generally accepted as reliable.

The first authentic record of the degree appears in the minutes of a meeting held in Bath in 1790, while numerous records exist throughout the country of 'elevations' since that date. This degree however was to experience great difficulties and it was many years before a serious revival of Ark Masonry took place, but in 1816 a Brother John F. Dorrington awakened a renewed interest in the degree when he became Grand Commander. It was this revival that eventually stimulated the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to take decisive action by placing the degree under its protection.

A Grand Master's Royal Ark Council was formed to regulate the degree and the first original working under the new constitutions was effected in Mother Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1 in 1872. Since then the fraternity has grown apace and lodges of this degree have spread throughout the world; today there are over 570 lodges working under the English Constitution.

Reference: 'Beyond the Craft' by Keith B Jackson. Published by: Ian Allan Publishing

Also see Freemasonry Today - RAM

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RAM Lodge Meeting Places
RAM Lodge Meeting Place
Ashlar No. 424 Park Lane
Austral No. 1302 Mafikeng
Boksburg-Cinderella No. 621 Boksburg
Cornerstone No. 217 Kimberley
Friendship No. 900 Phoenix, Mauritius
Golden Harvest Hillbrow-Prosperity No. 741 Park Lane
Jeppestown No. 863 Kensington
Kosmos No. 848 Johannesburg, Bryanston Scout Club
Northern Transvaal No. 966 Polokwane
Orkney No. 1335 Gaborone
Prosperity No. 905 Park Lane
Rising Star No. 885 Bloemfontein
Springs No. 707 Springs
Swaziland No. 1298 Manzini
Transvaal Installed Commanders No. 1570 Park Lane
United Service No. 588 Pretoria

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