Chapter of Discoveries

                             N°. 9409



The Chapter was consecrated on 21st June 1997 by Cmdr. M.B.S. Higham R.N, Grand Scribe E.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday in February (installation), third Tuesday in April and the fourth Tuesday in October at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, Lagos.


History & Relation to the Craft

This is an order in Freemasonry, closely associated with Craft Freemasonry.

The first documented evidence of a ‘Royal Arch’ comes from Ireland in 1743; it seems likely that this was an ‘added extra’ worked within craft lodges in England, Ireland and Scotland for many years. Thus it came to be regarded, by the Antients in England, as a fourth degree in Freemasonry.

The Moderns, on the other hand, do not appear to have officially recognised the degree at all (with a few exceptions), leading in due course, to completely separate Royal Arch Chapters.

These differences were partially resolved at the Union of the Grand Lodges in 1813, by a compromise: the new United Grand Lodge of England declared the Royal Arch to be an official and accepted part of ‘Pure and Antient Freemasonry’.

In December 2003 the United Grand Lodge of England acknowledged and pronounced the status of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch to be “an extension to, but neither a superior nor a subordinate part of, the degrees which precede it”.

Whilst the Royal Arch is, therefore, an integral part of Freemasonry and interwoven with the Craft, it is organised as a separate Order, distinct from the Craft degrees, the teachings of which it completes.

Chapter Meetings.

The Chapter uses the Domatic ritual.

All meetings are held at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, 8600-678, Lagos.
Tuesday 14th February (Installation), Thursday  16th  March*, Thursday 16th November*.

* The March and November Convocations will meet at 3.30pm (before the Lodge of Discoveries meeting).


Due to the Hotel being refurbished,  the November Convocation will be at:

Tivoli Marina Hotel, Portimao (GPS 37º 07′ 07.71″N 8º 31′ 45.42″W)


Melon with Dry cured Ham flavoured with Mint and Port Wine Reduction

Roasted Turkey Breast with Rosemary Sauce and Raisins Rice

Red Fruits Crème Brûlée

White and Red Wine Tivoli Selection, Draught Beer, Mineral Water, Soft Drinks and Juices



The dining fee is €28.00 – to confirm is to commit.

Companions/Brethren are requested to confirm their dining arrangements with the Scribe E/Secretary,

No later than midday on Tuesday 14th November.

We look forward to greeting ALL qualified members of Royal Arch Masonry, if you are not known to us please furnish a letter of introduction from your Scribe E/Supreme Grand Chapter.

Scribe E

J. E. Bergstrom-Potter. PPrGStdB (Essex).

Mob: (+351) 910 666 613
Tel: (+ 351) 282 997 439
Email :

Grand Inspector

V.W.Bro R. S. Levitt

Tel: 214 671 396



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