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The Royal Order of Scotland (ROSC)
The recorded antiquity of the Order is second only to that of the Craft. Although the ‘traditional history’ of the Royal Order of Scotland dates its origin from the time of King Robert the Bruce and the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the recorded history (The Royal Order of Scotland, Robert Strathern Lindsay, 1972) dates the origin, in London, sometime between 1725 and 1741, and was referred to as ‘The Scotch Heredom or Ancient or Honourable Order of Kilwinning’ It appears to have ceased to exist in that city by 1754.
The first Chapter of the Order of Heredom of Kilwinning is reputed to have been held in Edinburgh in 1764, although no Meeting Minutes exist from that time.
The present Grand Lodge of the Royal Order of Scotland was established in 1767, and is ruled by a Deputy Grand Master and Governor (Sir Archibald Donald Orr Ewing, Bart., MA.), the hereditary King of Scots being the traditional Grand Master of the Order, and, in the absence of a King of Scots, a vacant Chair holding the emblems of royalty is present in the Grand Lodge and in every Provincial Grand Lodge throughout the world.
Candidature is by the invitation of current members and may be extended to suitably qualified Master Masons who profess a belief in Trinitarian Christianity.
The Order consists of two degrees, Heredom of Kilwinning, which is in two parts, known as ‘The Passing of the Bridge’, followed by ‘Admission to the Cabinet of Wisdom’. The Degree is presented in the Provincial Grand Chapter of the Order.
The second Degree, presented in the Provincial Grand Lodge, is ‘Knighthood of the Rosy Cross’. Candidates received into ‘Heredom of Kilwinning’ at meetings during the year are admitted to ‘Knighthood of the Rosy Cross’ at the Installation meeting each year.
According to its doctrine, the Order was established to correct the errors and reform the abuses that had crept in among the three degrees of St. John’s (Craft) Masonry.
The Order is highly Christian Trinitarian, and the ritual of the Degrees is delivered in catechetical form between the Provincial Grand Master (or his Deputy) in the east and the two wardens in the west.
The ceremonial ritual is delivered in ancient versified form and it touches on most, if not all, of the Degrees and Orders practiced in this State.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Victoria was chartered on 7th February 1945 and was constituted on 27th April that same year.
The Provincial Grand Lodge currently meets at the Western Masonic Centre, Callaway Boulevard, Sunshine West, on the first Wednesday of the odd months, January excepted, and the Installation meeting is held each July.
The Provincial Grand Master is nominally appointed to his office for a five year term. The remaining Officers in the Lodge, are appointed on a yearly basis.
The meetings are always concluded with the presentation of a two course meal and refreshment.
The annual dues are quite moderate and regalia is readily available at a reasonable cost.
The Royal Order of Scotland (ROSC)
Provincial Grand Master: R. Wor Bro Gavin Meyrick Myers
Qualifications 5 Years membership as a Master Mason.
Provincial Grand Lodge of Victoria (27/4/1945)
Meeting Place: Western Masonic Centre, Callaway Boulevard West Sunshine.
1st Wednesday of Odd months (except January) Installation July.
Provincial Grand Secretary: Wor. Bro. D.L (David) Yole PSGW,
U85/58-72 Centre Dandenong Road, CHELTENHAM VIC 3192.
Phone: 03 9584 2720 Mob: 0409 331 753
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Scottish Constitution)
PROVINCE OF VICTORIA
Grand Consistory and Sovereign Tribunal annually at the Ivalda Masonic Temple, Ivanhoe on
the 3rd Saturday in November
(Qualifications for Membership: Craft Master Mason for 3 years).
BALLARAT 616 Barkly Street BALLARAT
BELMONT 25-27 Regent Street BELMONT
BENDIGO 90-103 McIvor Road BENDIGO
BOX HILL Level 3, 1013 Whitehorse Road BOX HILL
CRANBOURNE Corner Childers and Codrington Streets CRANBOURNE
IVANHOE 40-42 Salisbury Avenue IVANHOE
GARDENVALE Level 3, 237 Nepean Hwy, GARDENVALE
KEYSBOROUGH South Eastern Masonic Centre 270 Hutton Road KEYSBOROUGH
MOONEE PONDS 838-840 Mount Alexander Road, MOONEE PONDS
MOUNT WAVERLEY 318-322 Stephensons Road, MOUNT WAVERLEY
STAWELL 10 Skene Street STAWELL
WARRNAMBOOL 32 Kepler Street, WARRNAMBOOL
WILLIAMSTOWN 29 Electra Street WILLIAMSTOWN