It was on the Monday 22nd of September 1863, that the Grand Master Of Mark Master Masons in England and Wales and the Colonies and Possessions of the British Crown, William Archer Amherst, Viscount Holmesdale M.P. signed the Warrant to Constitute "The St Aubyn Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 64".The following address was written by the Grand secretary Fredrick Buickes in the front of the first minute book.
"To all to whom these presents shall come. William Archer Amherst, Viscount Holmesdale M.P. Grand Master Of Mark Master Masons in England and Wales and the Colonies and Possessions of the British Crown, Sends Greetings, Whereas a petition has been addressed to the Grand Master by Bro's Samuel Chapple, Horace Byron Kent, John Robert Henna Spry, Vincent Bird, Philip Blake Clemens, Samuel H. Gudridge, John Cock and John Sutton, regularly registered Mark Master Masons, praying that they may be constituted a Regular Lodge of Mark Masters, and the Grand Master has confidence in the prudence and fidelity of these brethren.
Now be it known that the Grand Master doth hereby constitute these eight brethren a regular Lodge of Mark Master Masons under the title of "THE ST AUBYN LODGE OF MARK MASTER MASONS No 64" on the register of the Grand Lodge of Mark Masters to be holden under the Grand Master and his successors in office for ever, and doth appoint Bro Samuel Chapple, Bro Horace Byron Kent, and Bro John Robert Henna Spry respectively, to be the first Master and Wardens of the said Lodge, giving to them and their successors, regularly elected and installed, authority to convene a Lodge of Mark Master Masons at the Masonic Hall, Morice Town, Devonport, in the County of Devon, or such other place within 3 miles thereof, as they may from time to time see fit, upon the fourth Monday in every month or such other time as they may appoint. It is hereby declared that these eight brethren and their successors in office, on behalf of themselves and the members of the St Aubyn Lodge by the acceptance of this warrant become bound now and hereafter to obey and conform to the regulations from time to time made by the Grand Lodge Of Mark Masters for the government of the craft and especially to these regulations following, namely.
That the members of The St Aubyn lodge No 64 shall annually at a meeting to be held within one month after the Autumnal Equinox, elect a Master who shall appoint his officers and transmit a correct list of them to the Grand Lodge. That no one be advanced to the degree of a Mark Master unless such a one be already a Master Mason. That the names of such as may so be advanced shall be sent from time to time to the office of the Grand Lodge in London with the fees for registration and certificate as may from time to time appointed. That neither the lodge nor any of its members shall affiliate or admit or countenance any person who shall appear not to have been advanced to the degree of a Master Mason in a regular manner, nor hold connection with any parties professing to be a body of Mark Masons working or professing to work without a Warrant from the Grand Lodge Of Mark Masons or from some other body having authority to grant such a warrant for the place where such work shall profess to be carried out.
Upon these conditions only this charter or warrant is granted and is revocable in default of strict compliance therewith. Lastly the Grand Master for himself and his successors declares that on due compliance with these conditions and the regulations of the Grand Lodge of Mark Masters which may from time to time be promulgated, he will protect and uphold this lodge and every Mark Master lawfully advanced therein.
In witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand and caused the Grand Registrar to affix the seal of the Grand Lodge of Mark Masters this twenty second day of September, one thousand eight hundred and sixty three".
Signed by the Grand secretary Fredrick Buickes
and the Grand Registrar George Raymond Portal M.A.
The first meeting of the lodge was held at the Masonic Rooms, Moon Street, Morice Town on the 26th October 1863 at 7.30pm.Bro Samuel Chapple occupied the Master chair, Bro Horace Byron Kent the SW chair and Bro John Robert Henna Spry the JW chair. Five brethren were then balloted for as join-ing members and were unanimously elected. A ballot was then taken for ten candidates for advance-ment who were Bro's Thomas Heath, Josiah Austin, William James Hughan, John Sweet Goad, Joseph Henry Trounce, Thomas Ash, Matthew Paul, and Henry Egg all Master Masons of St Aubyn Lodge No 954, Joseph Martyn of lodge 102, and Robert Gardner Blackney of lodge 893.Bro's Heath, Austen, Hughan, Trounce, Goad, Ash, Paul, Blackney and Martyn being in attendance, they were introduced, properly prepared, selected their Marks, were duly advanced to the degree of a Mark Master Mason.
That was an extract from the brief Lodge history compiled by W. Bros Ron Henderson PAGSwdB and Ron Preston PGJD, and you can downlod the whole file using the link below.