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

Loyal Volunteers Preceptory No 7. Tuesday February 4th. 2020. Installation of Sir Kt. Craig Wood as Eminent Preceptor / Prior

It feels like it has been a while since I attended a KT meeting, not being able to attend the Team Visit to No.8 in January probably accounts for...

Jerusalem Priory No. 5 January 20th. 2020. Malta Meeting

Jerusalem Priory No.5 – 20th January 2020 Jerusalem Priory No.5 met on Monday 20th January 2020 at Manchester Hall, Bridge Street, for their annual...

Hugh de Payens Challenge Pennant January 24th. 2020 – Report from Royds Preceptory

Brother Knights.      A posse of Knights from Royds Preceptory No 149 visited St. Joseph Preceptory No. 9 at Urmston last Friday and made a...

St. Joseph’s Preceptory No. 9 Friday January 24th. The passing on of the Pennant. Report from St. Joseph Preceptory.

The E. Preceptor of Royds Preceptory 149 threw the Gauntlet into the preceptory Meeting of St. Joseph No 9 at any other business as the correct...

Plains of Tabor Preceptory meeting Thursday January 23rd. 2020.

I am reminded of an old song “What a difference a day makes” as Stuart Shaw and I head up the M65 to Colne for the Plains of Tabor Preceptory No. 11...

Wednesday January 22nd. 2020. Plains of Mamre Preceptory No. 8. Installation of E. Kt. George Tyrrel Heys as Emint Preceptor / Prior

Wednesday January 22nd. and the first team visit in 2020 is to be held at Plains of Mamre Preceptory N. 8 in Burnley. What had turned out to be a...

Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2020

Apps and Proms Lancashire KT 2020