I am delighted that you have arrived at the website of the Malta Group of Lodges - maltamasons.org. Whether you are a casual visitor or a Brother Mason from overseas who is planning a visit to Malta, I hope you will find the information here of use. (Note: if you are having problems navigating the site, please make sure that you are using maltamasons.org and not an alternative address.)
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternal organisation. There are approximately 6 million members worldwide. In England and Wales we have a quarter of a million members and, when added to those in Scotland and Ireland, the total in the British Isles is around 400, 000. The best and most comprehensive source of information on English Freemasonry is the Grand Lodge website.
If you are visiting us because you are interested in becoming a Freemason please click "Joining" on the menu above or link directly by clicking here.
English Freemasonry has a long and distinguished history on the Island of Malta. There was at least one English Lodge on the Island in the late 18th Century at the time of the Knights of St John. However the modern era, under the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), began with the founding of the Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349 in 1815. The Lodge has been in continuous existence since that time and we celebrated its Bicentenary in 2015.
By 1899 there were 7 English Lodges on the Island and it is estimated that at one time there were 1500 Freemasons in Malta. However with the departure of the British Armed Forces and NATO in the late 1970's the number of Masons reduced dramatically and we now have only two Lodges and one Royal Arch Chapter in the Group:
- Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349
- De Rohan Lodge No 9670
- Chapter of St John and St Paul No 349
The total membership of the above three bodies is approximately 140. Added to the numbers of our friends from the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta and the Scottish Lodge St Andrew No 966, there are more than 400 brethren on the Island in total.
We get a great number of Masons visiting us from abroad, particularly from the UK, and we are always delighted to see them. The dates of our meetings are published on this site. If you would like to join us at one of our meetings please use the enquiry form on the "Contact Us" page. We can provide additional details of other meetings and events which may be taking place during your stay. If you don't have your regalia with you we can usually arrange for you to borrow some - although it may mean a temporary demotion in your Masonic rank! Although we all wear the normal Masonic dress of dark suit, white shirt and tie, we understand that you are on holiday and no objection will be raised if you are a little less formally dressed. Please bring your Grand Lodge Certificate or other documentary evidence of your membership if possible.
The English Masonic Hall in Valletta is open to Masonic visitors and their families every Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Drinks and Maltese "nibbles" are available at the bar. There is normally a tour of the building at 12:30pm. Ladies are welcome in all parts of the building including the Lodge rooms. (Please check the "Contact Us" page for any upcoming Christmas or Summer dates on which we are closed.)
We also like to maintain close links with British Residents in Malta and the various British residents' associations and social clubs are always welcome to visit us. Talks and tours of the building can be arranged.
If you would like any further information about English Freemasonry in Malta please do not hesitate to get in touch via the "Contact Us" page.
Very Worshipful Brother Dr Lawrence Porter
Grand Inspector (Malta)