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

Stuart Hughes P. Gt. Aide-de-Camp

Stuart Hughes P. Gt. Aide-de-Camp

Sub Prior of Lancashire E. Kt.

E. Kt. Stuart Hughes P. Gt. Aide-de-Camp Sub Prior of the Province of Lancashire

Installation at John O’Gaunt Preceptory No. 694, 19th September 2019

There is little in freemasonry that stops me going out and enjoying an evening as we practice our crafts. Add into the equation Knight Templar, a...

A fabulous prize in last year’s provincial raffle.

“I was fortunate to win a fabulous prize in last year’s provincial raffle. The Prize was donated by Em Kt David Tuke. It was a number of days in a...

The Westmorland Preceptory No. 606, Installation 4 September 2019

Another year gone and another year commences. There is an old saying in Freemasonry to the effect that a year in the chair passes very quickly....

The Eagle has landed (well, its a Swift really) – the culmination of the Swift Appeal

Swift The Website acknowledges the input of this article from our Provincial Prior, R. E. Kt. David Harry Gallear K.C.T., and thinks that it is...

Visit to Wycliffe Preceptory, Darlington Co. Durham June 28th. 2019

Thank goodness for air conditioning on what was possibly the hottest day of the summer thus far, when on the 28th. June 2019 four Knights from...

ALL NEW Province of Lancashire Firing Swords

The Provincial Prior has again been at his creative best and has ordered new Firing Swords. These are completely different to the previous ones for...

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