Other Orators

Should you be bored with me or just fancy a change please contact one of the following Brethren. All skilled Orators with a variety of entertaining papers!

W.Bro. Trevor White

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My predecessor as Provincial Orator. Trevor needs no introduction from me and is so well known in the Province I think it best that you contact him to discuss your requirements. He has very kindly agreed to continue to both educate and entertain as in previous years.


W.Bro. Dudley Mason

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Like Trevor known to you all, with a great repertoire of superbly researched papers. Again, best contact him directly, with Dudley it is always “have invite, will travel!” Ask about his latest project!


W.Bro. Martin Bates

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  • “King Solomon and his Temple; An Archaeological and Masonic Perspective”.

  • “St.Edmund: England’s true patron saint”

  • “Why Alfred burnt the cakes” - How the legend derived from Bury St. Edmunds and further illustrates the masonic virtue of humility.

  • “The Honour of King Raedwald”  - The story of our East Anglia King who was buried at Sutton Hoo. Nowhere is the Masonic concept of Honour better illustrated than by this story.

W.Bro. Larry Bensusan

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  • “The Sleeping Mason” - An amusing look at the richness of our ceremonies and what we may be missing whilst a-dozing!


W.Bro. Paul Cammiss

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  • “Criminals in Freemasonry”

  •  “The Geography of the Second Degree Tracing Board” - Illustrated by maps depicting Gilead, Tob, Amor etc. Best as a supplement to another lecture. About 15 minutes.

W.Bro. Terry Lewis

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  • “Ark of the Covenant; Myth or Reality?” - Tracing the importance of the Ark in Masonic Ritual and Biblical History.

W.Bro. Alex Workman

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  • “The Magna Carta” - A fuller interpretation of that historic document.

  • “Shakespeare and his Works” - A presentation in conjunction with W.Bro. Tim McCormick.

  • “William Hogarth” (available 2015) 4)

  • “Brothers Gilbert and Sullivan” (available 2015)

W.Bro. Jonathan Lambert

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  • “Masonic Jewels” - Covering Masonic jewels, Regalia and Timepieces. About 1 hour in length

  • “On the Square Mile” - Freemasonry in the City of London. 30 minutes.

VW Bro./E Comp., Brian A. Vickers

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  • The Solomonic Degrees of Freemasonry - A 4600 word, 30 minute examination of actual or legendary history surrounding the Temple at Jerusalem and the history and eventual decline of the Jewish Nation. The paper compares these historical accounts with the content of the various Solomonic degrees and shows how the architects of those degrees developed their themes. A handout is available showing all the Masonic Orders and the qualification required for each.

  • A Brief History of the two Principal Grand Lodges and Events leading to the Union in 1813 - A 4200 word (27 minute) paper, tracing the formation of the Modern and Ancient Grand Lodges, the enmity between them and their eventual reconciliation, leading to the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England.

  • A Brief History of Freemasonry [for mixed audiences] - A 4300 word (30 minute) paper tailored to suit non-Masonic audiences. It covers all the salient points in the establishment of the first Grand Lodge.

  • The Origins and History of Royal Arch Masonry - A 5900 word (40 minute) paper for Royal Arch Masons, tracing the earliest references to the Royal Arch Degree and the difference in attitude towards it by the Moderns and the Ancients, culminating in the creation of the Supreme Grand Chapter, following the formation of the United Grand Lodge.

  • A Brief Account of the Origins and History of Royal Arch Masonry - A 2950 word (20 minute) paper for Royal Arch Masons, tracing the earliest references to the Royal Arch Degree and the difference in attitude towards it by the Moderns and the Ancients, culminating in the creation of the supreme Grand Chapter, following the formation of the United Grand Lodge. Although covering all the salient points of the previous paper, some detail is omitted.

  • The Ensigns on the Staves - A 3000 word (25 or 30 minute) paper which examines each of the twelve staves in turn and explains the design of each banner and its origin. Also included is an account of the way the twelve tribes of Israel were arranged during their 40 year journey through the desert. The paper is best delivered with a companion carrying each banner around the Chapter in turn as each is described (this usually adds 5 minutes to the duration of the talk).
    A handout is available depicting the formation of the twelve tribes, the Ark of the Covenant and escort during their journey through the wilderness.

  • The Origins and History of Royal Arch Masonry for Master Masons - A 4200 word (30 minute) paper intended to be of interest and guidance of Master Masons and whet their appetite for the Order. It covers much of the ground of Paper No. 4, but omits all Royal Arch references inappropriate for Master Masons.

  • The History and Development of the Mark Degree - A 4300 word (30 minute) paper that traces the probable origin of the Mark Degree and its development from the Operative Lodges to the Speculative. It explains the original format of the Mark Degrees (Mark Man and Mark Master) and deals with the circumstances surrounding the setting up of the first Mark Lodge (Bon Accord) under the aegis of the Scottish Grand Chapter. It also covers the uncertain relationship between the Mark and the Craft and the set backs which occurred during efforts made to unite the two, culminating with the formation of Mark Grand Lodge and the acrimonious relations between it and the Scottish Grand Chapter until final acceptance of the former by the latter

  • An Overview of the Mark Degree for Master Masons - A 4200 word (30 minute) paper intended to whet the appetite of Master Masons to encourage them to join the Order. It covers all the ground of the previous paper, but omits matters which are privy to Mark Master Masons.

  • A Brief History of The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners and Matters relating to The Flood - This 4180 word (30 minute) paper is split onto two discrete parts; the first part deals with the several floods recounted in the Bible, Qur’an and elsewhere and draws comparisons between them. The search for Noah’s Ark is covered with fairly recent events detailed. The second part deals with the history of the Degree from the time of Dunckerley onwards, the take-over by the Mark Degree and the battle for overall control between Mark Grand Lodge and Morton Edwards, culminating with more recent developments in the status of the Fraternity.

  • A Short History of the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners - A 2000 word (15 minute) paper tracing the history of the Degree from the time of Dunckerley onwards, the take-over by the Mark Degree and the battle for overall control between Mark Grand Lodge and Morton Edwards, culminating with more recent developments in the status of the Fraternity.

  • The RAM Tracing Board – An Alternative View - A 2400 word (20 minute) paper which gives a different interpretation of the ‘new’ RAM Tracing Board to that contained in the ‘official ritual’ explanation. The paper interprets the many images on the Board, showing it to be, in fact, simply an Ancients’ Tracing Board depicting virtually all the Orders embraced by their Lodges during the period 1765 to 1813. A small version of the TB is distributed to each member of the audience for temporary perusal during the talk.

  • A Brief History of the Cryptic Order - An 1800 word, 15 minute paper explaining where the Order probably originated and its importation from the USA to England, the setting up of an illegal Grand Council and the ramifications of that, culminating in the eventual acceptance by the New York Grand Council of a legitimate English Grand Council. The early history of the English Grand Council is explored, including its growth up to the present time.

  • Anno Lucis & Freemasonry - A brief explanation (840words) of how the term Anno Lucis became adopted by Freemasons and how it was originally calculated to confirm that the world had been created 4004 years before the commencement of the Vulgar Period (the birth of Jesus Christ)

  • The Wider Aspects of Freemasonry - A 5855 word (25 or 45 minute) paper intended for Craft Masons, outlining the various degrees beyond the Craft and giving a brief description of the origin/background of each, an outline of the ceremony or ceremonies for each and also a description of the regalia worn in each case. Although the paper may be given as a ‘stand alone’ one, it is intended to be presented in conjunction with a display of the regalia in each of the degrees, by having a brother walk around the lodge dressed accordingly whilst the relevant degree is being explained. If delivered in this way, the paper takes 45 minutes to deliver.

    The degrees covered are:- 
      • Royal Arch
      • Mark
      • RAM
      • Ancient & Accepted Rite (Rose Croix)
      • Knights Templar
      • Knights of Malta
      • Knight Templar Priest
      • Royal & Select Master
      • The Order of the Silver Trowel
      • Excellent Master
      • Red Cross of Constantine
      • The Allied Degrees of Freemasonry
      • Royal Order of Scotland
      • The Worshipful Society of Freemasons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers and Bricklayers (otherwise known as The Operatives)
      • The Order of the Secret Monitor
      • The Order of the Scarlet Cord
      • The Masonic Order of Athelstan
      • Knights Beneficent of the Holy City


    A single-page handout is available showing all the above degrees and the various qualifications necessary to obtain each one.

  • The Rectified Scottish Rite - A brief account of the origin of this Order in the early seventeen hundreds, its growth in Europe and its establishment in England in 1937. The several grades of membership are explained as is also the expansion of the Order during 2008 and the way the Order is now governed and organised. 2400 words – 20 minutes.

  • Masonic Exposures of the Early 18th & 19th Centuries - A review of the principal early Masonic Exposures, namely:-
    • Masonry Dissected (Samuel Prichard) – 1730
    • The Three Distinct Knocks (Anon) – 1760
    • Jachin & Boaz (Anon) – 1762
    • Shibboleth or Every Man a Freemason (a Pass’d Master) – 1765
    • Manual of Freemasonry (Richard Carlile) – 1825


    The design and format of each Exposure is described and the content explained. Useful information gleaned from these documents is detailed and, where possible, a short synopsis of the background of the author is given.Three handouts are available depicting the front pages of Masonry Dissected, Three Distinct Knocks and Jachin & Boaz together with the lodge layouts depicted in each.6000 words – 40 minutes

  •  Athelstan (Patron of Freemasonry) - A paper giving the general scene in England at the start of the tenth century, the background leading to Athelstan’s rise to power and his wars against the Danes and others.
    • The Grand Assembly of Masons called by Athelstan in 926 is described.
    • The Regius Poem (c1399) and its reference to Athelstan is explained.
    • The background to the formation of the Masonic Order is detailed.
    • The structure, organisation and objects of the Order are explained and, finally, the Masonic qualifications necessary to join the Order are given.


    3122 Words – 20 minutes

  • Special Events, Anniversaries etc. - St. Georges Day, Banner or Lodge Dedications, Notable Lodge Anniversaries, Christmas White Tables or whatever. A programme, talk or presentation tailored to your requirements. As light-hearted or serious as you wish, just let me know, it is my job!

If you know of any other Brother with an interesting and informative paper (whether masonic or not) who would like to join our band please ask him to contact me. We are in need of those who would like to impart their enthusiasm to their fellow brethren!