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Others, again, think it is the word mak, rottenness, and suppose that it means "he is rotten." Both derivations are, in Brother Mackey's opinion, incorrect. It differs, however, in some respects from the American Degree.
Mac is a constituent part of the word macbenac, which is the substitute Master's Word in the French Rite, and which is interpreted by the French ritualists as meaning "he lives in the son." But such a derivation can find no support in any known Hebrew root. Doctor Mackey believed there is evidence, circumstantial at least, to show that the word was, if not an invention of the Sentient or Dermott Freemasons, at least adopted by them in distinction from the one used by the Moderns, which latter is the word now in use in the United States of America. In Freemason, 1886, in West Yorkshire Masonic Reprints, 1892. In a letter to the Masonic Home Journal, Louisville, Kentucky (see Proceedings, Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Michigan, 1920), Companion Alfred A. Murray offers the following note to correct an error relating to the Mark Degree in Scotland As regards the Mark Degree itself it was not worked in the Fellow Craft Lodges, but there were really two Degrees, namely, that of Mark Man, which was given to a Fellow Craft, and that of Mark Master, which was given to a Master Mason.
This word the Stuart Freemasons applied to their idol, the Pretender, the son of Charles I. It is this fact that differentiates the Mark Degree from all other ceremonies additional to the first three, and justified the formation of the Mark Grand Lodge, nearly fifty years ago, so as to take under its wing those lodges which worked with interesting and suggestive ceremony the English Craft agreement excluding it from the formally recognized series, according to the Articles of Union of A. 1--at Holyrood House, at which meeting the Laird of Auchinleck was present, and attested the Minutes of the Assembly by his Mark as did the Operatives, in accordance with the Schaw Statutes of December 28, 1598, which provided: "That the day of reassauying, or receiving, of said fallow of craft or master be ord'lie buikit and his name and Mark insert in the said buik."That theoretical Masons selected their Marks just as the Operatives did.
This word is capable of at least two interpretations. A significant word in the Third Degree according to the French Rite and some other Rituals (see Mac). In the Order of the Beneficent Knights of the Holy City, the Recipiendary, or Novice, is called Macbenac. which were inscribed upon their banners Wng the initials of the following words in the Hebrew sentence, Mi Camocha, Baalim, Jehovah, meaning, Who is like unto thee among the gods, O Jehovah. during the seventeenth century is abundantly manifest, by an examination of the old Scottish records of that period.
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In First Kings ii, 39, we find it recorded that two of the servants of Shimei fled from Jerusalem to "Achish, son of Maachah king of Gath." There can be little doubt that the carelessness of the early copyists of the Ritual led to the double error of putting Cheth for Gath and of supposing that Maacha was its king instead of its king's father. In America, the Mark Master's is the first Degree given in a Royal Arch Chapter.
The manuscripts of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, too often copied by unlearned persons, show many such corruptions of Hebrew names, which modern researches must eventually correct. Its officers are a Right Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Secretary, Treasurer, Senior and Junior Deacons, Master, Senior and Junior Overseers The Degree cannot be conferred when less than six are present, who, in that case, must be the first and last three officers above named.
The latest dictionary pushed by the Highland Society give this example: "Benach De Righ Albane, Alexander, Mac Alexander," etc., that is, Bless the King of Scotland, Alexander, son of Alexander, etc. It is wise to get a clear statement made upon this point, because I observe a very large amount of mistaken information is being granted from time to time, which is derived from conuson. Hughan (Trestle Board, California, volume xxnii, No. Operatively considered and even speculatively, it has enjoyed special prominence for centuries; records of the custom being followed by speculative Brethren, according to existing records, dating back to 1600, in which year, on June 8, "Ye principal warden and chief master of maisons, Wm.
Therefore we find, without any of those distortions to which etymologists so often recur, that macbenac means in Gaelic the blessed son. of thought and want of knowledge, and results roanetunes in mistaken action. 4, October, 1919) wrote: During the centuries which immediately preceded the establishment of the premier Grand Lodge of England and the World, the mark was directly connected with operative and speculative Freemasonry, and from time immemorial, it has been the custom for the skilled Craftsman to chisel his distinctive Mark on the stones he fashioned, so as to indicate his workmanship. Schaw, master of work to ye Kingis Maistie," met members of the Lodge of Edinburgh-- now No.
A heroic family, whose patriotism and valor form bright pictures in the Jewish annals. The Hebrew sentence has been appropriated in some of the advanced Degrees as a significant term. 67 at Philadelphia, 1869; was Worshipful Master in 1874; accepted position of Secretary in 1876 and served twelve years. One of the most noteworthy instances out of many is the Mark Book of the Lodge of Aberdeen--now No. D., and is signed by forty-nine members, all of whom but two have their Marks inserted opposite their names.