Welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners of Northumberland

The Mark Degree

Known as the “Friendly Degree” the Mark Degree is regarded as the 4th Regular Step in Freemasonry and open to all qualified Master Masons.  Learn more…


Royal Ark Mariners

Described as “The Little Gem of a Degree” the Royal Ark Mariner Degree is open to Mark Master Masons and by joining you become “part of the family” of the two Orders.   Learn more…

Benevolent Fund

Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund is the charity of the Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners in the Province of Northumberland. Learn more…

Provincial Grand Master

R W Brother Raymond Arthur Walton

We welcome you to the website for Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Freemasonry in Northumberland. It is with hope that this website will be both informative and of interest not only to Freemasons but also to those curious to find out more about the Order.

The Mark Province of Northumberland and Durham was constituted in 1870. In 1920 Northumberland became a Mark Province in its own right and since then there have been ten Provincial Grand Masters. We are proud to have within the Province one of the lodges which formed the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons namely Northumberland and Berwick upon Tweed Lodge of Mark Masters Time Immemorial.

Northumberland is the most northerly Province in England forming a triangle with Tynemouth in the east, Berwick in the north and Bellingham in the west. There are twenty-seven Mark and fifteen Mariner Lodges within the Province and around 650 members. To those of you reading this who are not yet Mark Masons can we extend a welcome to the Degree, it is rightly called “the friendly degree”. Our ceremony has lighter elements in it, but like all Masonry carries an important message for us all. Why not come and join us and find out the joy and pleasure that we all get from the degree?

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