The Royal Order of Scotland
The Royal Order of Scotland is one of the most historic Orders within Freemasonry and can trace its regal roots back 700 years to Robert the Bruce.
That royal connection originates with Robert the Bruce, who is said to have conferred knighthoods on a group of Freemasons who assisted him in his victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Those knights are recognised as the first members of the Royal Order of Scotland.
The Royal Order of Scotland is a global Order that initially spread throughout France, during the mid to late 18th Century before receding just as quickly, perhaps as a result of the persecution of Freemasons . However, by the middle of the 19th century it had a foundation to start to grow again.
The Order’s oldest existing Provincial Grand Lodge was formed around this time in Sweden. In a masonic building in Stockholm, a Tower of Refreshment was uncovered that is used in awarding one of the two degrees of the Order and used as proof of the longstanding connection between Sweden and the Royal Order of Scotland.
Joining the Royal Order of Scotland
The Royal Order of Scotland draws its membership exclusively from within Freemasonry. To be considered for membership of the Royal Order of Scotland you will be recommended by two members of the Order who will have assessed your suitability to join before inviting you to apply.