Enoch Royal Arch Chapter Montrose No. 3
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The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland was formed in 1817. Chapters working the Royal Arch degree in Scotland were, on application and evidence of right, placed on the Roll of Supreme Grand Chapter in order of seniority. Enoch Chapter, having established the existence of the Royal Arch Kilwinning Lodge, Montrose, on the 18th January 1765, and its own regular and unbroken descent therefrom, received under the designation of "Enoch Royal Arch Chapter, Montrose" a Charter of Confirmation from Supreme Grand Chapter, dated 21st March 1818. It was placed third on the Roll of Supreme Grand Chapter, having along with Stirling Rock Chapter, waived its right of precedence over Edinburgh Chapter, now No1.

Enoch Chapter, therefore although only No3 on the Roll of Supreme Grand Chapter, is in point of fact, with exception of Stirling Rock Chapter, the oldest Royal Arch Chapter in Scotland. The claim and relative affidavit by which the Chapter established its position is printed as an Appendix to the Chapters Bye-Laws.

Claim of Enoch Royal Arch Chapter to be placed on Roll of Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland and relative affidavit.

I, George Innes, Captain in the Forfar Regiment of Militia, the eldest existing member of the Royal Arch Kilwinning Lodge, Montrose, now called the Enoch Royal Arch Chapter, Montrose, do hereby Certify upon Oath that I was initiated into the Royal Arch Degree of Masonary in the St Nicholas Lodge, Aberdeen, their No. 117, in the month of February 1764. (Seventeen Hundred and Sixty-Four).

That to the best of my knowledge, recollection, andbeleif the foresaid Royal Arch Kilwinning Lodge Montrose, existed, and held Meetings of the Royal Arch Degrees of Masonary in the same year, Seventeen Hundred and Sixty Four.

That I have been actually and Bonafide an admitted member of the said Royal Arch Kilwinning Lodge, Montrose, since the eighteenth of January, Seventeen Hundred and Sixty-Five, and that the present Enoch Royal Arch Chapter is regularly descended from the Royal Arch Kilwinning Lodge, Montrose, by successive initiations and admissions, all of which I declare to be the Truths, as I answer to God.

GEO. INNES. Capt.,
Forfar Militia.

Sworn before me at Montrose, Eighteenth day of February, Eighteen Hundred and Eighteen years.

A.THOM. J.P.,
County of Forfar.

As Companion George Innes was admitted a Member of the Royal Arch Kilwinning Lodge, Montrose, now the Enoch Royal Arch Chapter, on the Eighteenth of January, 1765, the said Chapter claims to be placed on the Roll of Chapters, holding of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, from the said 18th of January, 1765, the present Chapter being regularly descended from that period by successive initiations and admissions.

Dated at Montrose, 18th February, 1818.

 

DAVID SCOTT,
1st Principal
JOHN CHRISTIE,
2nd Principal
ROBT. ROBERTSON,
3rd Principal
JAMES JACK,
Scribe E.

 

 

 

 
 

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We have a very long history and the webmaster is working hard to colate all the interesting facts of not only the Chapter, but this rather unique and special building in which the Chapter and other Masonic business is carried out in, as it is only one of two buildings (as far as he can tell) that is owned by the Chapeter, rather than a Masonic 'Blue' Lodge.

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