The history of the Judean people, as contained in the Book of the Law, including the Books of Ezra, Jeremiah and Esdras, records three outstanding episodes intimately connected with Ancient Irish Knight Masonry:
1. The building of King Solomon’s Temple
2. The repairs of the Temple by King Josiah
Irish Royal Arch Masonry
3. The building of the Second Temple by Zerubabbel after the return of the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin from their seventy years of captivity in Babylon, circa. 536 B.C.E.
Until the mid-Nineteenth Century they were worked in Ireland under the auspices of the Royal Arch Chapters and later the Commandery Preceptories.
The Grand Council of Knight Masons was formally constituted in 1923 and assumed responsibility for the degrees which were previously worked by Royal Arch Chapters, Preceptories of Knight Templars and even a Prince Rose Croix Chapter.
In 1936 a group of Masons in North Carolina brought the degrees to the United States under a Provincial Grand Superintendent. The councils in the United States formed the Grand Council of Knight Masons of the United States of America in 1967. The Grand Council in Dublin recognized this Grand Council in 1969. There are currently Knight Mason Councils in Ireland in the United States, South Africa, Jamaica and as far afield as Hong Kong.