The Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is commonly known as the Scottish Rite. It
is one of several appendant groups of the worldwide fraternity known as
Freemasonry. Each Valley has up to four Scottish Rite bodies, and each body
confers a set of degrees. In the Southern Jurisdiction these are the Lodge
of Perfection (4°–14°), Chapter of Rose Croix (15°–18°), Council of Kadosh
(19°–30°), and the Consistory (31°–32°). The Supreme Council confers the
33rd Degree of Sovereign Grand Inspector General.
The Scottish Rite is one of the two branches of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the three degrees of Symbolic or Blue Lodge Masonry. The other branch is known as the York Rite, consisting of Royal Arch Masons, Royal and Select Masters and the Knights Templar.
On April 4, 1955, the certificate of incorporation of Modern Free And Accepted Masons was amended. This third amendment changed the name of our order to its' present one, Supreme Grand Lodge, Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. As the name indicated this amendment established our affiliation with the Scottish Rite. This affiliation was set up by the merger of Modern Free with the United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 33rd and Last Degree, Southern and Western Jurisdiction, United States of America, Grand Orient of Washington District of Columbia.
The merger was executed by brother J. B. Baldwin, Supreme Grand Master and Brother J. M. McMath Supreme Grand Treasurer of Modern Free, along with James A. MacDonald the Sovereign Grand Commander of the United Supreme Council. The United Supreme Council, first organized in 1895, and reorganized in 1918, had jurisdiction for the United States, its territories and dependencies.
For more information on Scottish Rite Masonry visit the Washington DC Scottish Rite of Freemasonry