The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is one of two branches of Freemasonry to which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the first three degrees of the Symbolic or "Blue" Lodge. The Scottish Rite includes the degrees from the 4° through the 32°. Although there are many Scottish Rite members of Scottish ancestry, the Scottish Rite actually originated in France in the early 18th century. During the 18th century, lodges of perfection were organized in the United States, with the first being established in Albany, NY by Henry Andrew Francken. The first Scottish Rite Supreme Council was founded in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1801.
A Mason who chooses to further his Masonic experience by becoming a 32º Scottish Rite Mason will be expanding upon the fundamental principles of Freemasonry. The moral and ethical lessons will allow him to be constantly reminded of his duty to God, family, country and fellow man.
New Hampshire Scottish Rite is comprised of five Valleys: Concord, Keene, Lancaster-Littleton, Nashua and Portsmouth-Dover. The state has one Consistory, located in the Valley of Nashua. These Valleys typically cover the same area as one or two districts set up by the Grand Lodge. A Mason will often join the Valley covering the area of his Masonic District. Visit the Valley page to see those regions.