The Societas Rosicrucian in Anglia is the oldest independent society of Rosicrucian Freemasons in the world, its members being Master Masons of Lodges recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England. It assists Freemasons to extend their researches into the hidden mysteries of nature, science and truth.
The society is organised in three orders with nine grades1, each having its own appropriate ritual and lectures. These are loosely based on the allegorical FAMA2 published in 1614 and the grades of the German ‘Golden und Rosicrucian3’ Order.
Based at its headquarters in Stanfield Hall, Hampstead, North London, it is spread through seven countries4 in twenty three provinces, eighty eight colleges and has very good relations with its daughter constitution the SRIS in Scotland5 and their own daughter constitution the SRICF in America.
The ‘Rosicrucian Society of England or Brethren of the Rosy Cross’ as they were originally named, held their first meeting on the 1st June 1867 at the George Hotel, Aldermanbury in the very centre of the City of London. The real legacy of the society is their precious collection of 400 year old Rosicrucian books and manuscripts, which are now housed, on loan to the Library and Museum of United Grand Lodge of England, Great Queen Street, London, for easy reference and access to all 9:00 to 17:00 hours.
There have been many non-masonic Rosicrucian organisations over the years. The SRIA was the first exclusively for Freemasons, who some may say have the advantage of an appreciation of allegory and the benefit of fraternity, charity and love, which characterises the members of the Craft and Holy Royal Arch, who we believe in part are an echo of the ancient lesser and greater mysteries.
1 – Zelator, Theoricus, Practicus, Philosophus, Adeptus Minor, Adeptus Major, Adeptus Exemptus, Magister and Magi.
2 – Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis, Castell, Germany 1614
3 – Golden and Rosy Cross founded by alchemist Samuel Richter, in Prague 1710; Golden and Rosy Cross reformed itself extensively under Hermann Fictuld 1767; End of Rosicrucians and the Illuminati (in Bavarian) 1787.
4 – England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Wales, France, Holland. (closed – India, Berlin, S. America)
5 – East of Scotia College 1873, SRIS & Metropolitan College 1876.
6 – SRICF: Societas Rosicrucianae Reipublica Confoedera America 1887-1908; Society of Rosicrucians in the USA 1908-1918; Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis 1918-present.
7 – Scottish Rosicrucians 1855-1868; Manchester Rosicrucians, Manchester Chronicle 1789; Book in HC Library 1859; John Leigh 2nd Manchester RC 1863, last member died 1912.