Welcome to the Website of Lancashire Freemasons who are members in the Order of Knight Templar Masonry in Lancashire, called the ‘Priory of Lancashire’. The Priory (or Province) is based on the original old County of Lancaster boundaries and covers the Craft Provinces of East Lancashire; West Lancashire and Cumberland and Westmorland. There are a total of 32 Preceptories (similar to a Lodge or Chapter) 29 of which also contain a Priory of Knights of Malta, and a membership of 935 members.

The Order is fondly referred to as the KT’s, however the full title of the Order is ‘The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta in England and Wales and its Provinces Overseas.’

The Order is governed by the ‘Great Priory’ based in Mark Master Masons Hall, London under the command of the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master Paul Raymond Clement G.C.T.

The qualifications required to become a member are, that a Candidate must be a Master Mason; a Royal Arch Companion, and confess the Christian Faith with a belief in the Holy Trinity. To become a Knight of Malta, a Brother must first be a Knight Templar. Each Preceptory comprises both a Preceptory of Knights Templar and a Priory of Knights of Malta, each being opened and closed in privacy to carry out the business required to maintain and promote the Orders.

The aims of the Orders are an expansion to those of Freemasonry in general, that inspires its members to an approach to life, which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount; but importantly Freemasonry also teaches and practises concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Donations to local and national charities are made by the Preceptories individually. Additionally funds are raised to assist the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, which are administered through the Province to a central fund at Great Priory.

The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is a Foundation of The Order of St John, the oldest charity in the world. The Hospital Group is the main provider of eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In 2017, the hospital treated 135,600 patients – a high percentage under the age of 18. Patients are treated regardless of race, religion or the ability to pay.

Right Eminent Knight David H. Gallear K. C. T.

Provincial Prior for Lancashire

Praetorian Preceptory No. 621 Friday October 15th. 2021

The pictures kindly sent by the Provincial Chancellor, E. Kt. Mike Beesley, P. Gt. Her. are attached. An article, compiled by E. Kt. Keith Hatton P....

William de la More Preceptory No. 49. Meeting Thursday October 7th. 2021

Thursday October 7th. And the first meeting of my Preceptory for over a year and a half. Our usual start time of 6.30pm. had been brought forward...

Plains of Tabor Preceptory and Priory – Thursday 30th September 2020

Having been unable to meet since January 2020 the members of the Plains of Tabor Preceptory, No. 11 were glad to be back for a proper meeting at...

Plains of Mamre Preceptory No. 8. Meeting September 22nd. 2021

It is Wednesday the 22nd. of September and I am again driving north up the M6 for the third time in 7 days. But this time it is only for 15 miles...

Update on Sale of Swift Pins September 23rd. 2021

Letter from E. Kt. M. Beesley P. Gt. Her. concerning the sale of Swift Pins for the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital. Swift Appeal Update 23rd...

John O’ Gaunt Preceptory meeting at Milnthorpe Thursday September 16th. 2021.

There is a saying in Wigan (there are thousands, but this is the relevant one at the moment) that ‘you can wait ages for a number 10 bus then two...

Royds Preceptory No. 149 meeting at Morecambe on September 15th. 2021

For the first time in 17 months, I am set to attend a Knights Templar meeting., at Royds Preceptory No. 149 in Morecambe. It is a big search to find...