Chapter of Discoveries

No. 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 First Tuesday in February (installation), third Thursday in March and the third Thursday  in November 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, 2021.

Companions are reminded to follow the current Covid – 19 rules and regulations as defined by the Portuguese Government and of the Lodge of Discoveries.

The Chapter uses the Domatic ritual.

All meetings are held at the Tivoli Hotel, Rua António Crisógono Santos, 8600-678, Lagos.
Tuesday 1st February (Installation), Thursday  17th  March*, Thursday 17th  November*.

* The March and November Convocations will meet at 3.00pm (before the Lodge of Discoveries meeting).

Next Convocation 17th November 2022



Coriander velouté with codfish chips


Roast duck with orange sauce


Cheese and biscuits (Ice cream & fruit salad if requested)


Tivoli selection red/white wine, mineral water, draught beer, soft drinks and juices. Tea or coffee

(subject to change)

Companions are requested to inform the Scribe E whether they intend to dine (48hrs notice required), the cost is €30.00

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.

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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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