CHRONOLOGY OF THE YORK RITE*

926


Legend says Prince Edwin receives Charter of York from King Athelstan at York, England, organizing a General Assembly of Masons.
      

1390


Regius Manuscript, earliest document, and copy of a much earlier one, which makes reference to the York Assembly of Masons and recites 15 articles and 15 points and ordains that an assembly be held each year.
      

1600


Landsdowne Manuscript further embellishes the story of King Athelstan and Prince Edwin.
      

1705


Establishment of the Grand Lodge of All England at York in Yorkshire. This is the first organized Grand Lodge to be formed anywhere in the world.
      

1717


Formation in London of the Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of England. This Grand Lodge was later known as the "Moderns."
      

1723


Dr. James Anderson compiles Constitutions for the Grand Lodge in London and repeats story of York Assembly of Masons in 926 when King Athelstan gave Prince Edwin the First Masonic Charter.
      

1738


Revised editions of Anderson's Constitutions again relate and further embellish the story of the York Assembly, King Athelstan and Prince Edwin.
      

1751


Founded at London the Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons of England according to the old Constitutions. This Grand Lodge became the champion of the Royal Arch Degree and dubbed itself the "Antients."
      

1756


First Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons formed by the "Modern" Grand Lodge at London.
      

1771


Antients also form a Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in London in competition to the "Modern" Grand Chapter.
      

1792


Henry Wilmans organizes Grand Council of Select Masons at Baltimore, Maryland.
      

1797


Established on October 24 at Boston, Massachusetts, the General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of the U.S.A.
      

1813


Two English Grand Lodges merge to form the United Grand Lodge of England.
      

1816


Founded at New York, NY, on June 22, the Grand Encampment, Knights Templar of the U.S.A.
      

1817


Two English Grand Chapters merge to form the Supreme Grand Chapter of England.
      

1818


Combination of Cryptic System forming Grand Councils of Royal and Select Masters.
      
1837

Formation of the Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons of the Republic of Texas.
     

1841


Formation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas.
      

1852


Formation of Burleson Chapter No. 21 of Royal Arch Masons in San Antonio, TX.
     

1855


Formation of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Texas.
      

1856


Formation of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas
      

1858


Formation of San Antonio Council No. 14 of Royal and Select Masters in San Antonio, TX.
      

1864


Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in repose.
      

1867


Formation of San Antonio Commandery No. 7 Knights Templar in San Antonio, TX.
      

1880


Established at Detroit, Michigan, on March 10 the General Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters of the U.S.A.
      

1907


Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas is rehabilitated.
      

1917


Formation of San Antonio Chapter No. 381 of Royal Arch Masons in San Antonio, TX.
      

1966


Merger of Burleson Chapter No. 21 Royal Arch Masons into San Antonio Chapter No. 381 Royal Arch Masons in San Antonio, TX.

*copied from the "A Preview of York Rite" published by the
York Rite Sovereign College of North America
and edited for publication on this website.