Ernest Peter Donnison Tabernacle № 250 Holy Royal Arch Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom

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2020
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Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2021
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2022
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Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2022
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Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2023
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Apr 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2023
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Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2024
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Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2024
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Aug 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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2025
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Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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In the early days it was also  known  as  the  “Priestly Order” and was referred to  within  the cerem onies of “The High Knights Templar ” in Ireland in 1755.

The Order first saw the light of day in Scotland in 1800 in Kilmarnock and then extended to Glasgow and Edinburgh .

In 1807, the Early Grand Conclave of Scotland issued a warrant to Joppa Encampment of Knights Templar in Sunderland with authority to work a number of  degrees  including Knight Templar Priest. In 1812  members  at  Newcastle  upon  Tyne pet it ioned the Grand Conclave of England for a Warrant. This was granted in the name of Royal Kent Encampment.

Evidence exists of its being worked in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries in England, Scotland, Ireland, Corfu, France and probably  the United States and Canada. The Order then became moribund in  the 1890’s, the last known working being in Lancashire.

Prior to 1894, The Order of Knight Templar Priest traced its origins back to the Anahilt Union Band in County  Down,  Ireland,  in  1792. Over 60 “Union Bands” have been traced in Ireland with only a small number being under the Irish Early Grand  Encampment  and  even fewer being “banded” with one or more Lodges. During  this  period there was no ruling body.

On Good Friday, 23 March 1894, Henry Hotham, a Yorkshireman and prominent Mason, was apparently the last known Knight  Templar  Priest. Being the last Installed  Master  or  High  Priest,  he  admitted nine Knights into the Order  (under  the  authority  of  one  of  the Original Rules of the Order).  The revived Tabernacle being conscious of the efforts of the Council of Allied Masonic Degrees in London to found a “Grand Council  of Rites” agreed that, with its then  24 Appendant  Degrees,  to  become the Royal Kent Tabernacle Time Immemorial.

As a consequence  the first of the  modern  Tabernacles,  Royal  Kent  T.I.,  was  formed.  After a short period of control by the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees and, by mutual consent,  it  separated  and  became  The Grand College.

The development of the Order was very slow at first but it soon  began to take on its now extensive international form, with the first four New Zealand Tabernacles being between 1930 and 1944 and Australia joining in 1949.

Progress of the Order continued very slowly but steadily from 1951 for the next 10 years, but, in the early 1960s, under dynamic new leadership, the pace of expansion increased, and has continued to this day, with the number of Tabernacles now at 260, and on each continent of the World, including England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, The Bahamas, Holland, Germany, Jamaica, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain, Togo, Bolivia and Ivory Coast.

It is sad that there are none in Ireland, where the Order  is  considered to have originated.

The New Grand Body had its first meeting on 15 May 1924  at Newcastle upon Tyne.

For those wanting to learn more about the inception of the  Order,  the book “The Priestly Order” available only from Grand College, provides a fascinating insight into the Order’s history.

All Past High Priests are welcome to join.

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