Our History and Lodges
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 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 living in Malta decreased accordingly, and we now have only two Lodges and two Royal Arch Chapters in the Group:
Freemasonry in Malta is enjoying a resurgence and our numbers are growing steadily year on year. Over the last 7 years we have become a sound and vibrant Group of Lodges which is planning not only to continue growing but to playing our part in supporting local charities.
We currently have 180 members which, when added to the numbers of our friends from the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta and the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Malta (Lodge St Andrew No 966), amounts to more than 400 brethren on the Island in total.
We receive 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. 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.
English Freemasonry in Malta consists of two Lodges and two Royal Arch Chapters.
The Craft Lodges working under the United Grand Lodge of England are:
• The Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349
• De Rohan Lodge No 9670
The Chapters working under the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England:
• The Chapter of Unity No 298.
• The Chapter of Melita No 349 (Temporarily, the Chapter of St John and St Paul No 349 from 1983 to 2019)