The Twelfth and the Orange Order

08 Dec 2016

The Orange Order is Northern Ireland's largest Protestant organisation, and has around 30,000 members locally. Its origins lie in the 1690 Battle of the Boyne when the Dutch Protestant King William of Orange defeated his father-in-law, Catholic King James ll of England and Vll of Scotland.

The site of the Battle of the Boyne, just outside Drogheda, Co. Meath, has become a major tourist attraction, and also features in a Williamite Trail - an all-Ireland map detailing locations associated with the Williamite and Jacobite armies, from Carrickfergus in the north to Kinsale in the south.

In 1795 Protestants and Catholics clashed again at the Battle of the Diamond near Portadown, Co. Armagh. Following their victory, Protestants met at Dan Winter's House and, soon after, pledged a new oath to 'Crown and country and the Reformed religion'. The Orange Order was born. The Order sees itself as a champion of Protestantism and defender of a British Protestant monarch. It is organised into 'lodges', some of which are in former British colonies as far afield as Canada, New Zealand and Ghana.

July 12th is the most important date in the Orange calendar and marks the anniversary of King William's Battle of the Boyne victory. Orangemen and women commemorate 'The Twelfth' with 18 colourful band and lodge parades - or demonstrations - across NI. A further one takes place in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal on the Saturday before the Twelfth.


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is there any1 who can help me pls. how do I find where my granddad & dad orange men from. there must be a register some where to find out these sort of thing, I was only 3 when granddad passes & my dad didn''t talk about anything. I was born in n Ireland but brought in London & i''m coming home (to say) this july can any1 hlp point me to the right direction pls thanks dee
You can find the details here
John Stuart
Northern Ireland
Historically inaccurate article. In 1795 the battle was not just between Cathloics and Protestants. It was between the United Irishmen (Catholics and Protestants) and those loyal to the English Govt. Also it is not Many catholics who vehemently dislike the parades but some.
no timetables or route to twelfth day for hillsborough

If you want to trace your family tree, the best place to start is PRONI - the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Find its listing by searching for 'PRONI' on our website.
Patricia Larsen
USA/North Carolina,
In working on my family geneology, I have acquired a biblr dated July 1928 to Bro Geo H. Dobson. Any help would be appreciated in finding any geneology on this family member.Please send to

We have added links giving you info on parades, including starting times. Ed.
b shaw
n ireland,
why is it i cant find timetables for twelfth day processions
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