About the Allied Masonic Degree


The Allied Masonic Degrees are detached degrees some of which, many years ago, were conferred under Craft warrants and formed part of the then loosely governed Freemasonry of the period.

Many of these detached degrees became dormant in some places, although in others they were conferred as side degrees. In time the better of these degrees were grouped together in an organized body under the title of Allied Masonic Degrees. The degrees comprising the system in our Jurisdiction in the U.S.A. are the Royal Ark Mariner, Secret Monitor, Knight of Constantinople, Saint Lawrence the Martyr, Architect, Superintendent, Grand Tilers of Solomon, Master of Tyre, Excellent Master, Installed Sovereign Master, Installed Commander Noah, Red Branch of Eri, and Ye Ancient Order of Corks. They are conferred in the United States in Councils chartered by the Grand Council. Each Council is limited to twenty-seven members, with two exceptions. One of these Councils is known as the Council of Nine Muses and is limited to nine members. The other is the Grand Master's Council, which has what is known as a roving charter. The purpose of the latter Council is to provide a place of membership in the Allied Masonic Degrees for brethren residing in localities where Councils have not been organized. Membership in every Council of Allied Masonic Degrees is by invitation, and is predicated on membership in the Royal Arch Chapter.

In addition to perpetuating these degrees there is still another and equally important purpose. It is to bring together, in small groups Freemasons who are interested in the advancement of all Masonry, preparing themselves to better serve the Craft through the medium of study and research. By limiting the membership in a Council and securing membership only by invitation the result is a congenial group able to enjoy full fellowship when meeting together. Wherever there is an active Council of Allied Masonic Degrees it exerts influence for the betterment of Freemasonry in all the Masonic Bodies.


Our Council meets every fifth Tuesday of the month. At each meeting we have a program of Masonic educational nature, and any member may present a paper of Masonic nature if he desires.  There is no intention on the part of the Allied Masonic Degrees to detract from any organized and established body of Masonry. On the contrary you will find our members active, beyond the average in all local Masonic bodies. The real purpose is to stimulate interest in Masonry in general and bring together in small groups those who are interested in the study of Masonic subjects. Thus they are better enabled to serve the Craft.

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Allied Masonic Degrees

Inquisitors of Solomon

Contact Secretary

Council No. 364  Tappahannock, Virginia

Virginia York Rite

AMD Council meets on each fifth Tuesday of any month at Lowery's Restaurant:

528 N Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA 22560.  Click Here for Directions






Council Officers


Tom Lewis

Sovereign Master


Senior Warden: Tom Staples                   Junior Warden:  Anthony Rudder


                                              Secretary: William Brammer


Senior Deacon: H. Leo Powell                  Junior Deacon: Shelby Chandler

Tiler: Daniel Thompson                           Chaplain:  James Fox



Webmaster: Shelby Chandler

AMD Grand Council


Scheduled Meetings


January 29th

April 29th

July 29th

September 30th

December 30th