The District Grand Chapter administers five active Royal Arch Chapters in Sri Lanka under the authority of the Supreme Grand Chapter.
The teachings of Royal Arch Masonry are contained in the “Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch” – a stand-alone degree of Freemasonry which is open to those who have completed the three Craft degrees. Until 1823, only freemasons who had previously passed through the chair of a Craft lodge were allowed to join. Today, candidates for a Royal Arch Chapter are required to have been a Master Mason for four weeks or more.
In the early years, no District had been formed in and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was under the authority of a Grand Inspector from about 1935 until 1944. The Three Grand Inspectors during this period were:
E. Comp. J.S. Collett; PGStdB
E. Comp. G.S. Wodesman
E. Comp. R.C.Scott
The District Grand Chapter of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was established in 1944 with five functioning Chapters, namely Kandy Newera (1867), Hercules (1895), Campbell (1899), Duke of Connaught (1913) and Uva (1930). Uva RA Chapter no longer functions but Ruhuna Chapter joined the District in 1946.
E. Comp. Robert Coleridge Scott was installed as the First Grand Superintendent on 14th November 1944, which was also the inaugural convocation of the District Grand Chapter.
The Succession of First Grand Superintendents:
1944 Robert Coleridge Scott
1963 Charles Melville Francis Jennings
1969 Vincent Henry Ludovici Anthonisz
1974 David Narasiah Rockwood
1977 Charles Melville Francis Jennings
1991 Srivaran Kumaranayagam
2007 Dr. Milroy S. Perera
2012 Henry Malin Goonetileke
2018 Ferhad Jamshed Nilgiria
The Succession of Deputy Grand Superintendents of the District:
1943 John WilliamThompson
1949 Charles Melville Jennings
1963 Vincent Henry Ludovici Anthonisz
1969 Rasanayagam Kumaranayagam
1973 David Narasiah Rockwood
1974 Sangarapillai Sittampalam
1977 Maitripala Abhaya Goonewardene
1991 Arnold Harrison Dhas
1999 John Malcom Gamani Perera
2003 Dr. Milroy S. Perera
2007 Henry Malin Goonetileke
2012 Ferhad Jamshed Nilgiria
2018 David Stewart Rose