History of Freemasonry, Albert Gallatin Mackey, Vol II, The Prussian Knight, 21st Degree

History of Freemasonry, Albert Gallatin Mackey, Vol II, The Prussian Knight, 21st Degree

21 July 2019

Before we enter this subject we need to understand one very important fact about the original difference between the English York Rite and that of the Scottish Rite :

The York Rite does specifically require a member to be a Christian to proceed through the “higher degrees” or Orders of this path (the last two Orders of the Templar series).

The Scottish Rite does not require a belief in the Christian religion and may be a viable option for non-Christians. It consists of a total of 33 degrees (including the 3 base Masonic degrees and an honorary, invitation only 33rd degree). After finishing the normal set of Scottish Rite degrees, one would be considered a 32nd degree Mason.

Of being a Christian as relates to the York Rite would be as according to the Church of England doctrine which in turn takes it’s lead from Rome. Prince Charles will soon be the succeeding monarch who has made clear, he sees himself as the defender of all faiths.

This presents his theology to be in tune with the Scottish Rite and not the York Rite.

Albert Gallatin Mackey was a 33rd Degree Freemason who served as Grand Lecturer and Grand Secretary of The Grand Lodge of South Carolina, as well as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States.

As a Christian, the original obligation of Masonry coming out of England, Mackey was very concerned how Masonry had been undermined by a cult transfixed on Noah, and a system they claimed, was set forth for Mankind by the same, to which all must submit if they are to enter this world to come.

Mackey exposed a coordinated subversion leading to an addition to Freemasonry of a false stream of origin dividing it into two houses. Naturally the usurper formed and thus became the highest degrees which has moved Masonry contrary to its original Christian theology.

The system in question is the bringing forth a group of laws that will be enforced upon the world from Jerusalem and the Sanhedrin of Rabbis.

Mackey is not the only high Mason to understand that Freemasonry had been corrupted, the Duke of Brunswick in 1781 called for all Lodges to be disbanded because a Sun Cult had subverted the order. We must also consider the changes made through Lord Kitchener under command of Edward VII, moving the highest mandate of Freemasonry from the upkeep of the Church of England to the then coming Israel. This was made easier in the takeover of the Church of England by the Scottish Whigs from the latter part of the 1700s.

At the 21st Degree Scottish Rite they are taught to act as the Noahide Judges throughout Christendom.


no·​a·​chite | ˈnōəˌkīt

Definition of noachite

1 : a Freemason who has taken the 21st degree of the Scottish rite  called also a Prussian Knight

2 : freemason. Source

All appears to be acceptable, but what is a Prussian Knight?

In the 21st Degree, the story intermingles with that of the Vehmgericht, a medieval court headquartered in Westphalia, hence the term “Prussian Knight.”

From The Book of the Ancient and the Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1884, we find the following :


This degree is based on the Order of Knights, known in Germany as the Holy Vehme, who exacted justice fiercely and morally. They inculcated humility, and constantly remembered the price of pride, exacted upon the descendants of Noah who erected the Tower of Babel. Today, this Order only claims jurisdiction among its own members, and their rule and duty is to judge others by the same rules by which they live. They meet on nights of the full moon, from the ancient custom of the worship of Isis and Ceres, and also from the original knights, who desired secrecy. The Lodge, styled a Grand Chapter, meets in a “retired place,” on the night of the full moon, which is the only light allowed. The presiding officer, the “Lieutenant Commander,” faces the moonlight. The brethren are styled “Prussian Knight-Masons,” and all are dressed in black. No Table Lodges are to be held in this degree. Battery”. “In the heavenly host [light of the moon] they admire the work of the Supreme Creator, and the universal laws of harmony and motion — the first two laws that emanated from God.” The apron is yellow, and contains an arm holding a sword, and a winged figure holding a key in the left hand, and the right forefinger on the lips (the “Egyptian figure of Silence”). The jewel is a point-up triangle, with an arrow, point downward, an arm holding a sword, and the motto “Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum.”

The Book of the Ancient and the Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

History of Freemasonry, Albert Gallatin Mackey, Vol II, The Prussian Knight, 21st Degree

Albert Mackey

Chapter XLII

Noah and the Noachites, P.406 :

“In reality, there is no Legend of Noah to be found in any of the Masonic Rituals. There is no myth, like that of Enoch or Euclid, which in-timately connects him with the legendary his-tory of the institution. And yet the story of his life has exercised a very important influence in the origin and the development of the prin- ciples of Speculative Masonry.”

P.407 :

“On examining the old records of the Operative Masons it will be found that no place is assigned to Noah, either as a Mason or as one of the founders of the “science.” He receives only the briefest mention.”

P.408 : [Dr. James Anderson]

“Anderson, who, in the Book of Constitutions modified and en-larged the old Craft Legends at his pleasure, calls Noah and his three sons “all Masons true,” and says that they brought over from the flood the traditions and arts of the antediluvians and communi- cated them to their growing offspring. And this was perhaps the first time that the Patriarch was presented to the attention of the Fraternity in a Masonic character.” And, he adds, without the slightest historical authority, that this word “Noachidæ” was “the first name of Masons, according to some old traditions.”

“Having thus invented and adopted the name as the distinctive designation of a Mason, he repeats it in his second edition or revis- ion of the “Old Charges” appended to the Book of Constitutions. The first of these charges, in the Constitutions of 1723, contained this passage: “A Mason is obliged by his tenure to obey the moral law.” In the edition of 1738, Dr. Anderson has, without authority, completed the sentence by adding the words “as a true Noachida.” This interpolation was rejected by Entick, who edited the third and fourth editions in 1756 and 1767, and by Northouck, who published the fifth in 1784, both of whom restored the old reading, which has ever since been preserved in all the Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of England.” (The York Rite)

History of Freemasonry, Albert Gallatin Mackey, Vol II, The Prussian Knight, 21st Degree

P.409 :

“About that time, or a little later, a degree was fabricated on the continent of Europe, bearing the name of “Patriarch Noachite,” one peculiar feature of which was that it represented the existence of two classes or lines of Masons, the one descending from the Temple of Solomon, and who were called Hiramites, and the other tracing their origin to Noah, who were styled Noachites. Neither Preston nor Hutchinson, nor any other writer of the 18th century, appear to have accepted the term. But it was a favour- ite with Dr. Oliver, and under his example it has become of so common use that Noachida and Freemason have come to be con-side red as synonymous terms.”

P.411 :

It is better, therefore, when we speak or write historically of Freemasonry, that this word Noachida, or Noachite, should be avoided, since its use leads to a confusion of ideas, and possibly to the promulgation of error.

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[1] The Book of the Ancient and the Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1884 Charles T. McClenechan, 21st Degree : Noachite or Prussian Knight

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