Excellent Companion Stan Marut LGCR PPrAGSoj, News Editor, considers the colour of socks in the Holy Royal Arch.
A few years ago, whist attending a Chapter Meeting at Freemason’s Hall, the distinguished visitor, the Metropolitan Third Grand Principal at the time remarked on the wearing of red socks as part of the apparel that might be worn at a Chapter meeting.
I had never even thought about it but considering the colourful nature of Royal Arch Regalia, I accepted that this might be a consideration.
Given this licence to wear crimson socks the next stage was to find where I might buy some.
Alas, high street retailers seemed unable to supply and neither could online stores except at a relatively hefty price.
Subsequently, I spoke with a Chapter colleague who directed me to Uniqlo in Oxford Street, London where I was able to buy two pairs and get change out of a tenner.
Because of lockdown I think I have been able to wear them once, but with my First Provincial Chapter meeting looming they are ready to be donned and shown to all at Convocation.
Continued study and enquiry prompted me to see what else could be found out about this “tradition” of red socks if, indeed, there was one.
Google provided the answer and it appears that the Second Grand Principal, George Pippin Francis, is renowned for wearing red socks to Chapter Convocations and this was alluded to in a web story published on the 7th March 2013 – (Socking it to the Wigton chapter).
What better excuse do you need to become flamboyant in dress, even if it is only socks.
So, all you budding Royal Arch Masons, now is the time to extend your masonic searches beyond the Craft and broaden your horizons. And, of course, get to wear those rich and beautiful crimson socks.
For more information on the Holy Royal Arch in the Province and becoming a member see – How to join the Royal Arch
Alternatively, email me at email@example.com and I will be very pleased to direct your enquiry.
For socks try this link: https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/asearch?q=Red%20Socks
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