Although terms such as "progress", "advance", & "higher degrees" are quite often used when referring to other Masonic degrees it should be noted that there is no rank higher than that of a Master Mason. In most cases these terms refer to your greater understanding of the Masonic story, or history if you prefer.
The term "York Rite" isn't very much in use in Scotland, but it is nevertheless the group or collective name for the degrees listed below.
The York Rite is not governed, controlled or organized by a central authority, it is merely a term used to incorporate the following bodies:
And incidentally it has no connection historically or otherwise with York, England.
The information on this page relates specifically to the manner & names of York Rite degrees as worked in Scotland. For further information relating to the American York Rite system CLICK HERE.
The starting point of Freemasonry is the Blue Lodge where the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow of the Craft & Master Mason are conferred upon the candidate.
At this point you are eligible to join a Royal Arch Chapter. The next step is the degree of a Mark Master, in Scotland this degree can
be conferred either by the Blue Lodge or the Royal Arch.
If you received your Mark in the Blue Lodge you will be required to become an affiliate member in the RAC.
The next step is the degree of Excellent Master (the first RAC degree) followed by the Royal Arch Degree. The Chapter degrees form the gateway to the rest of the York Rite degrees, only after completing the RAC degrees are you eligible to join the Cryptic Council, Royal Ark Mariners & Knight's Templar.
There is no set order by which you have to join any of these bodies (other than stated above), however, it should be noted that the Royal Arch Chapter,
Cryptic Council, Royal Ark Mariners & The Grand Imperial Council of Scotland come under the jurisdiction of the
Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland (although the latter is not listed there), whilst the
KT's are under the
Great Priory of Scotland.
These bodies are independent of, and recognised by the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
As with all Masonic degrees (Orders) there is an order, or minimum requirement that you must have attained before you can join (progress).
|The Blue Lodge||
|In Scotland the Mark Master Degree can be conferred by either Blue Lodge or a Royal Arch Chapter.
If you have already attained the rank of Mark Master prior to joining a Royal Arch Chapter you will be required to affiliate as a Mark Master to the Chapter.
You do not have to wait for an inivitation to join the Chapter, you are at liberty to ask.
|Royal Arch Chapter||
The Royal Arch is the "gateway" to the York Rite.
You must have all of the six degrees above conferred upon you before you can progress.
Once you have done this there is no set order by which to join any of the following:
|Royal Ark Mariners||
The Orders noted above are generally open to join, no one will take offence if you make enquiries about joining.
The Grand Imperial Council of Scotland and the Royal Order of Scotland are by invitation only, you cannot ask to join.
...or to use its full name - The Grand Imperial Council of Scotland of The Imperial, Religious and Military Order of Rome and the Red Cross of Constantine, Holy Sepulchure and St. John the Evangelist.
Out of all the Masonic Orders I have heard of and looked for on the net, this is the first one that has me stumped. The small bit of
information I could find (below) was gleaned from the
Grand Lodge of Scotland Website.
I can't even find an image that I'm confident is correct.
The Order consists of 40 Conclaves of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, 29 in Scotland and 11 overseas - each with an appendant Sanctuary of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a Commandery of the Order of St. John the Evangelist.
Membership of the Order under the Scottish Jurisdiction is by Invitation only.
Membership in the Royal Order of Scotland is by invitation only, and requires belief in Trinitarian Christianity. Most of the Provincial Grand Lodges require that a candidate have been a Master Mason for at least five years, and to have shown outstanding service (e.g., held offices) to Freemasonry and/or the Church. Most Lodges require as a prerequisite membership in the York or Scottish Rite as well as in at least one other Christian order
From the above statement I would deduce that the R.O.o.S. is not part of the York Rite.