Order of Eri
This remote and elite
Order is said to be derived from a very ancient Order in Ireland, consisting of
freemasons and said to have been erected and patronised by the Kings of Ireland,
for it is claimed that in early times Erin (Ireland) possessed a literature and
history equal to that of the most highly developed of ancient nations. While it
is generally accepted that Bro John Yarker (1833—1913) was at one time head of
the ‘English Revived Order of the Red Branch of Eri’, certain records of the
Order relate that Bro F. G. Irwin, while Worshipful Master of the Inhabitants
Lodge No 178 at Gibraltar in 1858, received the Order at the hands of the
captain of an American trading vessel, to whom it had been transmitted from
father to son, dating back to 1757, when his Irish forbear emigrated to New York
while a District Grand Master of the Order. Major Irwin is then purported to
have restored and reorganised the degree in England under the aegis of the Grand
Mur-Ollamham. The order possesses two Psalters, the Major Psalter being
basically the rituals of the degrees and the Minor Psalter comprising the laws
and rules of the order.
Admission to this order is strictly by invitation only and is restricted to
members of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia who
have attained the fifth grade or above. The Order is governed by a Most
Enlightened Grand Master who is supported by eight Knights Grand Cross and also
a retinue of hierarchy designated Ard Officers who constitute the Grand
The degrees embodied in this Order are:
1. Man-at-Arms: The
candidate is admitted under an exhortation of a celebrated Celtic Bard by the
name of Mac Leag (AD 1015) and in a simple yet impressive ceremony, is duly
2. Esquire: Reception into
the second degree is promulgated through the interpretation of an important
charge which stimulates the candidate to demonstrate humility and service in
supporting the honourable creed of the ancient kings.
3. Knight: In this, the last
degree, the aspirant is encouraged to engage in figurative combat and his reward
is the acclaim of his Brother Knights, to commemorate the mighty deeds of their
forbears at the Battle of Ossary. After investiture he is instructed in the
Ancient Mysteries and Legends of the Order by the Brehon.
There are three Chapters of
the Order; meeting in London and the Midlands as well as in Australia.
In the United States this order is a part of the Allied Masonic
We have published the american rituals of this order on our CD-Roms
Freemasonry and Fraternal Organizations and the Masonic Rosicrucian Library.