Past and Present DGMs

District Grand Lodge of the Transvaal

(Double Quota Keystone District)

RW Bro D A Gurney

District Grand Master

V W Bro D R Hammond, PGJO

Deputy District Grand Master

W Bro D A McNally PJGD - W Bro J H Spiller PJGD

Assistant District Grand Masters


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

Mark History and Origin

Mark JewelWhile there is evidence that a form of Mark degree was extant in Scotland as early as 1599, according to earliest known English records, Mark masonry was introduced in a speculative body at Portsmouth on 1 September 1769 at Royal Arch Chapter No 257, when Thomas Dunckerley made certain brethren Mark Masons and Mark Masters, each choosing his mark.

This degree was subsequently worked in many lodges and even under the authority of the old Grand Lodge at York, but the effect of the Union in 1813 between the Antients and Moderns was the specific recognition of the three Craft degrees only, including the Holy Royal Arch and thus com­pletely excluding the Mark degree. Nevertheless many lodges continued to work the degree and while the original circum­stances would appear to have been detrimental to Mark masonry, they were eventually to cause several leading Mark masons to found their own Grand Mark Lodge in June 1856, with Lord Leigh as the first Grand Master.

Happily by 1860 a Concordat establishing a common ceremonial was entered into by the English Grand Mark Lodge and the Grand Chapter of Scotland and slowly this degree grew in popularity to make it together with the Royal Arch one of the most successfully supported degrees in free­masonry. Today there are over 1,200 Mark lodges under the English Constitution and it is interesting to note that a vast number of brethren who have attained eminence in the Craft have been no less eminent in the Mark.

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

Also see Freemasonry Today - Mark

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Mark Lodge Meeting Places
Mark Lodge Meeting Place
Ashlar No: 424 Park Lane
Austral No: 1302 Mafikeng
Bryanston No: 1545 Johannesburg, Morningside Country Club
Cinderella No: 621 Boksburg
Cornerstone No: 217 Kimberley
Corona No: 557 Park Lane
Doornfontein No: 1337 Park Lane
Friendship No: 900 Phoenix, Mauritius
Golden Harvest No: 1696 Park Lane
Hillbrow No: 741 Park Lane
Jeppestown No: 863 Park Lane
King Edward No: 941 Carletonville
Kosmos No: 848 Park Lane
Northern Transvaal No: 966 Polokwane
Orkney No: 1335 Gaborone
Prosperity No: 905 Park Lane
Rising Star No: 885 Bloemfontein
Royal George No: 608 Kensington
Springs No: 707 Springs
Sunbeam No: 508 Massonic Hall, Cnr Fanny Ave & Arthur Rd, Norwood
Swaziland No: 1298 Manzini
Trichardt Evander Kinross Secunda No: 1456 Secunda
Transvaal Installed Mark Masters No: 1570 Park Lane
Travellers No: 1153 Park Lane
United No: 720 Krugersdorp
United Service No: 588 Pretoria
Waldie Peirson No: 904 Kensington
White River No: 1621 White River

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