The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta
A Word From the Provincial Prior of Hertfordshire
Welcome to the website of the Provincial Priory for the Province of Hertfordshire.
I’m very pleased to welcome you to the website for the Provincial Priory of Hertfordshire, and hope you find it helpful and informative. The full title of the Order is The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta in England and Wales and Provinces Overseas, but most Masons know it simply as ‘KT’ or ‘Knights Templar’. Candidates for membership must already be Craft and Royal Arch Masons, and also profess to the Trinitarian Christian Faith.
There are two degrees in the Order, Namely - Knights Templar and Knights of Malta.
The first being carried out at the Preceptory that you join and the second at a special meeting of which 3 Preceptories in the Province carry out.
We utilise the history and practices of the medieval Knights Templar as a basis for our ceremonies, although we have no direct link with those "Knights of Old". The Great Priory of the United Orders, which is based in London, manages the Order, via a number of “Provinces” or “Provincial Priories” throughout England and Wales and many other parts of the world.
A Province is made up of a number of private units called Preceptories. In Hertfordshire there are 16 Preceptories meeting at various Masonic Halls in many towns throughout the County. Their locations all are listed within this website together with the contact details of their Registrars.
I hope that in visiting this site, either as a member or interested visitor, that you will enjoy the content and gain a greater understanding of the United Orders and our activities.
If you are a Master Mason and a Royal Arch Mason and are interested in joining the Order of Knights Templar then email the Province using the following link or direct from the online Contact Form for further information: V-Chan@ktherts.com (more information about the Preceptories and Hertfordshire Masonic Centres are contained in the website).
Denis will be pleased to receive information to be included on this web site.
We are particularly interested to receive information about current and forthcoming events.
News about our Knights and activities in the Preceptories are welcome.
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If you wish to report any links that are not working or errors occurring on the website, please contact him via the online Contact Form stating the page you are referring to and the problems you have encountered.
E Kt Alastair White was appointed to the office Provincial Vice-Chancellor in June 2015.
He was installed as a Knight of the Order in The Harold Devereux Still Preceptory No. 543 in September 2006, and subsequently served two years as Eminent Preceptor between 2011 and 2013.
Appointed to the RE Provincial Prior's Bodyguard in 2008, he served as a member until 2012, when he received his first Provincial Appointment to Past Provincial Standard Bearer (VB), and became the Deputy Commander. He continued in that capacity until his appointment as Provincial Vice-Chancellor in 2013.
In 2010, he joined the Crossed Swords Preceptory No. 618; in 2013, the Macleod Preceptory No. 463; and in 2015, the Charles Herbert Perram Preceptory No. 409. He is currently the Registrar of both the Macleod and Charles Herbert Perram Preceptories.
In May 2016, he was appointed and invested to active rank in Great Priory as the Deputy Great Sword Bearer.
On Thursday 2nd September 2021 he was Installed as the Provincial Prior for Hertfordshire by the Most Excellent and Supreme Grandmaster Paul Clement.
Provincial Sub Prior
V.E.Kt. Michael Beaty was appointed to the office of Provincial Marshal on 27th June 2012.
He was Installed as a Knight of the Order in the Stuart Preceptory No.28 on 26th February 1990, taking his Malta degree on 27th June 1990, and was Installed as Eminent Preceptor on 18th October 1999, going on to serve as Deputy Marshal, then Marshal for 9 years, until his appointment as Provincial Marshal in 2012.
He received his first Provincial Appointment as Provincial Standard Bearer (V.B.) in 2000 and was promoted to Provincial 1st Constable in 2005. Currently he is, as well as being Provincial Marshal, the Provincial Warden of Regalia, an office he has held since 2010.
In 2006 he joined the Macleod Preceptory No.463, and in 2015 the Charles Herbert Perram Preceptory No.409. In 2014 he was elected an Honorary Member of the Temple Dinsley Preceptory No.283, rescinding this in 2019 to become a member in order to take office and assist in the re-building of the Preceptory. He was also elected an Honorary Member of the John F. Cleeves Preceptory No.315 in 2013. He is currently the Marshal in the Macleod, Charles Herbert Perram and Temple Dinsley Preceptories.
He received his first appointment in Great Priory in 2009 when he was appointed and invested as Past Great Warden of Regalia. Promoted to Past Great Standard Bearer (B) in 2015, he was further Promoted to Past Great Registrar in 2020.
The Right Eminent Provincial Prior Alastair White was pleased to appoint, invest and install him as the Provincial Sub-Prior at the Provincial Priory on 23rd June 2022.
Provincial Vice Chancellor
E.Kt. Lester Wellington was admitted to the Order in February 2015 and was immediately drawn towards the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard as something he would love to be involved with. He took his Malta degree at the Crossed Swords Preceptory in November of that year. Lester was installed as Eminent Preceptor of the Preceptory of Saint Alban 266 under the Rule of Six during the COVID pandemic in October 2020 and remained in the Chair for the year 2021-22 where he installed his successor. In 2017 he was appointed as the Deputy Bodyguard Commander, a post he held for four years before being appointed Deputy Provincial Marshal in September 2021.
On 23rd June 2022 the Right Eminent Provincial Prior was pleased to appoint him as Provincial Marshal for Hertfordshire.