In an extract taken from the minutes of a meeting "At a Royal Arch Chapter held at the George Tavern in Portsmouth on First Septr. Seventeen hundred and sixty nine, PRESENT Thomas Dunkerley Esq., William Cook "Z", Samuel Palmer "H", Thomas Scanville "J" ..." The Pro G.M." Thomas Dunkerley bro’t the Warrant of the Chapter and having lately rec’d the "Mark" he made the bre’n "Mark Masons" and "Mark Masters". And each chause their "Mark"..."
Thomas Dunkerley, pictured left, a natural son of the Prince of Wales (later King George II) was one of the most influential founding fathers of Freemasonry in England.
What is of interest to us in Middlesex, is that he was the Consecrating Officer, in 1785, of The Lodge of Harmony No 255, the second oldest Lodge in the Craft Province, at the Toy Inn, Hampton Court. So the Mark Degree has a long history and was in existence for at least seventy years before the formation of the United Grand Lodge in 1813 and claims one of the great men of the Craft as a member.
An auspicious start to the Mark Province of Middlesex. From such beginnings we have gone from strength to strength and look forward to Middlesex Mark continued prosperity in the 21st century
A fuller description of the History of the Mark in Middlesex is available by clicking here