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

























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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

Ladies to Dine. The ever popular Ladies to Dine event will again be held at Stirk House Gisburn on April 14th. 2019

This is now in its 5th. year and increases in popularity each year. Final arrangements will be announced early in 2019. Rooms are limited and are...

Royd’s Preceptory No. 149 Wednesday February 20th. 2019. Installation of Comp. Craig Simpson as a Knight of our Illustrious Order.

As I sit here this morning, looking out of the window at blue sky, relatively warm temperatures and not a breath of wind and writing this article it...

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St. George’s Preceptory No. 43. Ladies Dinner. Saturday February 16th. 2019

Good afternoon Jeff, Report of our Ladies Dinner below. Sorry, no photos. YitBotO David   The Knights of St. George’s No 43, their Ladies and...

St. Michael’s Preceptory No.12 Thursday Feb. 7th. Installation of Comp. Robert Douglas as a Knight of our illustrious order.

Thursday February 7th saw 24 knights gather at Radcliffe encampment for the installation of Companion Robert Douglas into St Michaels preceptory No....

William de la More Preceptory No. 49. Thursday February 7th. Installation of Sir Kt. Graham Barker as a Knight of Malta.

Thursday February 7th. and with the really bad weather behind us – well, for a few days anyway – a good attendance at our first Malta meeting for a...

Faith Preceptory No. 41 Malta Banner dedication on Saturday February 2nd. 2019.

On Saturday February 2nd., following the coldest local night of the year so far in the North West - all members of Faith Preceptory No. 41, the...