Historical Background of Mark Masonry
Mark Masonry, as a progressive degree, is known to be more than 200 years old, for the wording of the Minutes of a meeting at Portsmouth, England in 1769 indicates that it was not then a new innovation. Bon Accord R. A. Chapter in Aberdeen in granting an illegal warrant to form a Mark Lodge in London resulted in a furore involving the Grand Lodge of England, Supreme Grand Chapter in Edinburgh and the London Bon Accord Mark Masters’ Lodge. The upshot of this was that some regrettable comments emanating from the Grand Lodge in London and a refusal to act on the recommendations of its own Board of General Purposes, led to founding of the Grand Mark Lodge in London on June 23rd, 1856.
In Turkey the degree appears in 10th May 1865
(Freemasons Magazine and Masonic Mirror, 27th May 1865, Page 405)
The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for Turkey
The Grand Lodge of Mark Masters for Turkey (American Constitutions) was held in the Masonic rooms, Smyrna, on the 10th May, the two chapter rooms being specially decorated. The report of the Committee of General Purposes showed considerable progress in this degree, under the auspices of American brethren. The lodge of instruction at Constantinople is now chiefly under the direction of brethren from the United States and Ireland. A Grand Stewards’ Lodge had been chartered further to develop the ritual working. Bro. C. G. Carrer, L.L.D., P.M. Nos. 2 and 4, was elected G.M. for the ensuing year. Bro.Langdon, of Now York, of No. -4-, D.G.M. The G.M. was in-stalled with due solemnity, and proceeded to nominate his officers for the ensuing year, and announced his intention of grantingtwo warrants for Egypt. A special vote of thanks to Bro. HydeClarke, tho P.G.M., was voted, directed to be drawn up onvellum, signed by the members of Grand Lodge, and presentedto him. A vote of thanks was passed to Bro. Green, of Cincinnati, Ohio, W.M. of No. 5 and P.D.G.M. Bro. the Rev. Albert Long, of Concord Lodge and Chapter, New Hampshire, was admitted under the Constitutions as a member of Grand Lodge and appointed Grand Chaplain.
There are currently 18 autonomous Grand Lodges of Mark Master Masons in the world namely England, Finland, Greece, France, India, Switzerland, Estonia, Togo, Brazil, Benin, Cote d’ Ivoire, Southeast Asia plus five in Australia: Victoria, East Queensland, Western Australia, New Zeeland and South Australia and Northern Territories and Turkey.
Association of GLMMM Progressive Masonry was constituted in 2019 at Istanbul, Turkey. The Order of Mark Master Masons is a leading progressive order followed by The Military and Mystic Order of Akhis. Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Turkey and its Districts and Lodges Overseas promotes the establishment of the order within Turkey, Northren Cyprus and other Turkish speaking countries.