A ‘Scottish’ Third Degree at the third attempt

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When Steve Barker (Treasurer of Maritima Lodge 6444) proposed to his Scottish brethren they put together a Degree Team to deliver a North of Scotland-style Third Degree ceremony at a forthcoming Maritima meeting. He was aware they would encounter a number of challenges, but surely there is no obstacle a determined team of Freemasons can’t overcome?

After approval was granted from both United Grand Lodge of England and the Grand Lodge of Scotland, a Degree Team, comprising members of a number of different Lodges from the Moray & Banff provinces, agreed on a Degree working, (which itself is no mean feat, as each Scottish Lodge works very different ceremonies.

Hotels and flights were booked. What could possibly go wrong?


After 18 months and being rearranged for the third time, the meeting finally took place on 11th September and Bro Paul Grainger was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.

The brethren present, who included the recently installed PGM, RW  Bro Paul Tarrant, and his Deputy, WBro Nicholas Franklin, enjoyed a dramatic blend of the English and Scottish ritual which was well received by all.

At the meeting the lodge presented a cheque to Provincial Grand Charity Steward WBro Colin Felton in aid of the Festival 2022 for the sum of £1,000.

RW Bro Eric Macgregor, PGM of Banffshire, presented the lodge with a framed original drawing used in the booklet supplied to the brethren to commemorate the event.

The evening was rounded off with wonderful food and, of course, malt whisky for toasts at the festive board.

Braham Djidjelli

Deputy Group Communications Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex