History of Scottish Rite in Alabama

Alabama was mentioned in the Chronology:
1827, April 21 – There were Scottish Rite Bodies at Claiborne, as early as this date.

Alabama was mentioned for the first time in the Transactions:
…Ill. Bros. Batchelor and Todd have planted the Rite in Mobile, under the best auspices. TS:1868:7.

In this State, no attempt was made to propagate the Ancient and Accepted Rite, until in December 1867, Ill. Bro. Batchelor established in Mobile the several Bodies of the Degrees up to the Kadosh. I have no Report from Ill. Bro. Knott, Deputy for the State, of the establishment of Bodies or of any initiations, nor I have any communications from him for quite a year and half. I hoped to hear long ago, of the establishment of the Rite at Montgomery, the capital of the State; and it ought not to be difficult, among the great number of intelligent Masons in Alabama, to find many worthy of initiation into the higher mysteries. TS:1870:109

Returns of Subordinate Bodies for the 19th century
1868
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. Mobile Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Mobile.
Chapter of Rose Croix
N.d. – Mobile Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1, Mobile.
Council of Kadosh
N.d. – [No name], Council of Kadosh, [no number, no place.] Council of Princes of Jerusalem
N.d. – Mobile Council of Princes of Jerusalem, No. 1, Mobile.

1880
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.

1882
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.

1884
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.

1886
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.

1888
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.
N.d. – Birmingham Lodge of Perfection, No. 2, Birmingham.
Chapter of Rose Croix
N.d. – Birmingham Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1, Birmingham.
Council of Kadosh
N.d. – Gilbert de Lacy Council of Kadosh, No. 1, Birmingham.

1890
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.
N.d. – Birmingham Lodge of Perfection, No. 2, Birmingham.
Chapter of Rose Croix
N.d. – Birmingham Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1, Birmingham.
Council of Kadosh
N.d. – Gilbert de Lacy Council of Kadosh, No. 1, Birmingham.

1892
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.
N.d. – Birmingham Lodge of Perfection, No. 2, Birmingham.
Chapter of Rose Croix
N.d. – Birmingham Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1, Birmingham.
Council of Kadosh
N.d. – Gilbert de Lacy Council of Kadosh, No. 1, Birmingham.
Consistory
N.d. – Birmingham Consistory, No. 1, Birmingham.

1895
Lodges of Perfection
1874, April 13 – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.

1897
Lodges of Perfection
1874, April 13 – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.
N.d. – Birmingham Lodge of Perfection, No. 2, Birmingham.
Chapter of Rose Croix
N.d. – Hermes Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1, Montgomery.

1899
Lodges of Perfection
N.d. – Alabama Lodge of Perfection, No. 1, Montgomery.
N.d. – Birmingham Lodge of Perfection, No. 2, Birmingham.
Chapter of Rose Croix
N.d. – Birmingham Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1, Birmingham.

Numbers of Bodies and Membership total:

At the beginning of 20th century in the Orient:
2 Lodges of Perfection with membership 87.
Proportion of Perfect Elus to Master Masons was 1 to 143

At the peak of the membership – December 31, 1984 in the Orient:
5 Lodges of Perfection with membership 12,880.
5 Chapters of Rose Croix with membership 12,761.
5 Councils of Kadosh with membership 12,748.
5 Consistories with membership 12,747.

At the beginning of 21st century in the Orient:
5 Lodges of Perfection with membership 8,227.
5 Chapters of Rose Croix with membership 8,198.
5 Councils of Kadosh with membership 8,191.
5 Consistories with membership 8,190.

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