Welcome to the Wilmington Chapter of
The Knights of St. Andrew
The Knights of St. Andrew is an elite unit of select Scottish Rite Masons.
The Knights of St. Andrew exist as a service organization on behalf of all members of their Consistory. They are under the immediate supervision of the Secretary of their Scottish Rite Consistory and provide services where they are needed. This includes, but not limited to, aiding the Tylers, acting as greeters, providing escort services for dignitaries or for special events created for the ladies during reunions or other functions, serving as guides, assisting the Scottish degree work, helping present the Colors. Knights of St. Andrew also assist in the calling committees, participate in parades or civic activities, promote fund-raising events, and aid in any special event. The list can continue on as new ideas and concepts are developed to meet needs and goals.
Their flexibility and enthusiasm make the Knights of St. Andrew one of the Valley’s most active and desirable organizations. It is an excellent way to nurture and develop future leaders as they learn their organizational and leadership skills, explore the inner structures of their Scottish Rite Centers, and thus gain a deeper admiration for our Order and Brethren who work in Freemasonry as a whole.
A HISTORY OF THE KNIGHTS OF SAINT ANDREW
When the Order of the Knighthood of the Temple of Solomon, or the Knights of the Temple, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Jesus Christ, which was established in 1118, and had been declared by Pope Clemet V., at the insistence of Phillip the Fair of France, in 1307; when all the Order in France had been arrested or imprisoned , many executed , more tortured, and all impoverished; when in most of the European States, the Estates of the Order had been confiscated and divided between the Sovereign , the Knights Hospitalers, and the Pope; and when the Grand Master and the Grand Preceptor Guy had been burned alive, on the 18th of March, 1313; the Templers no longer had a common head, nor could anywhere maintain their organization under their old name, which had become so famous.
Their possessions confiscated, their leaders incarcerated for life or put to death, the Brethren persecuted in every way, the survivors were compelled, for the sake of concealment, and to be in safety, to leave their homes, lay aside the garbs of the Temple, and mingle again in the world, or enter other Orders. In Portugal where they were pronounced innocent, the name of the Order was changed to the Order of Christ. In England, King Edward proscribed them, and forbade them to remain in the realm, unless they entered the Commanderies of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, or of the Hospital. In Scotland they found protection and joined the army with which King Robert the Bruce met the invasion of his country by Edward the II of England.
The battle of Bannockburn was fought on the 24th day of June, 1314. In consequence of the assistance rendered him on that memorable day by the Templers, Bruce created and received them into the Order of St. Andrew du Chardon (Which means “of the Thistle), of Scotland. This was afterward annexed to the Degrees of Heredom, Herodom, or Heirodom, a word coined from the two Greek words Hieros domos, Holy House, and said to be the name of a mountain in Scotland, although there is is no such mountain, to conceal the real name of the Order, which was “The Holy House of the Temple of Jerusalem”.
King Robert reserved to himself and to his successors forever the title of Grand Master of the new Order; and granted a charter of lands to Walter de Clifton, Grand Preceptor of the Templars of Scotland, for the assistance which they rendered him at Bannockburn.
Prince Charles Edward Stuart was the last Grand Master of the Heredom in Scotland, and exercised his powers in France, by establishing a Chapter of Rose Croix at Arras, and by other acts. And when the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite was finally organized, by those in possession of the Degrees of the Rites of Heredom and Perfection, and the other Rites and detached Degrees that had been from time to time established in Scotland, France, Germany and elsewhere, the Order of the Grand Scottish Knights of St. Andrew became the 29th of the new Rite, formed by selecting, from different Rites and Observances, seven degrees, in addition to the twenty-five of Perfection; and creating the 33rd, as the Supreme and last Degree, to rule the whole.
Prepared by Illustrious Sir Richard Knauss 33°
Membership is limited to “Black Hats” or 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemasons and members will abide by the Valley By-Laws, and those approved by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of North Carolina and The Supreme Council of Ancient Free and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America. There is a maximum limit of 32 active members. Should a KSA member be selected for the Knight Commander Court of Honor (KCCH), he will then become an Emeritus member. Such members may participate in the KSA activities if they so desire. No dues are assessed to these Emeritus members. Emeritus members do not count in the maximum membership limit of 32 KSA members of the Chapter.
Stated meetings shall be quarterly with the last stated communication being at the annual fall reunion. Meetings of the KSA shall be held at the Scottish Rite Valley of Wilmington, or other locations if necessary or needed. The First Knight and the KSA Secretary will jointly determine the date, time and place for meetings, whereupon the KSA Secretary shall give 15 calendar days notice of such meetings to the Active, Emeritus, and Honorary Members. The meeting notice shall clearly state the purpose of the called meeting and/or the agenda for said meeting.
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First Knight Ralph Kerley, 32º, KSA