What has since become known as The Glorious
Revolution took place and William landed at Torbay in Devon on 5 November
1688. Following his marriage to James' elder daughter Mary they were
proclaimed and established as joint sovereigns. On 11 June 1690 William set
sale from Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula with a fleet of some seven hundred
ships. He landed in Carrickfergus on 14 June 1690 and visited the Castle and
Saint Nicholas' Parish Church. (This event is celebrated each year by
Carrickfergus District Lodge in the form of a pageant that takes place in
the harbour area.) After arriving in Carrickfergus William marched south
where on 1 July 1690 he defeated James at the Boyne.
In 1795 The Orange Institution was formed, its
aims being to support, protect and defend Irish Protestants and to remember
the freedom and civil and religious liberty gained by William during his
The first known detail of Orangeism in
Carrickfergus was in 1823 when three Lodges paraded on 12 July. In these
early years the Order encountered problems in some areas. During a parade
in Carrickfergus in 1825 the Orangemen were prevented from proceeding by the
Mayor who took a sword from the Lodge Tyler. During the disturbance that
followed one of the Lodge Drums was broken.
To mark the Boyne Anniversary in 1888 the 12
July Demonstration was held in Carrickfergus. The procession, numbering ten
thousand people began from the Methodist Church and made its way along the
Albert Road, North Street, West Street, and Woodburn Road to a field that
had been kindly donated to the local Orangemen by a Brother Elliott. The
County Grand Master of the time Rt Worshipful Brother W. H. H. Lyons chaired
the proceedings at the field where he called upon Reverend. J. Hamilton.
Bennett to propose the first resolution that read as follows. "At our
anniversary this year 1888 we devoutly thank God for the signal defeat of
the Spanish Armada in 1588 and for the Glorious Revolution of 1688,
gratefully acknowledging that it was by His arm alone by which these
deliverance’s were wrought for our nation, and our religion, and ascribing
to Him the honour due to His name."
On the 18 and 19 July 1888 the Grand Orange
Council Of The World met in Carrickfergus. In conjunction with this meeting
several special events were organised. On Wednesday 18 July 1888 The Earl Of
Erne, Grand Master Of Ireland, delegates to the council, local Orangemen and
guests, led by Constitutional Flute Band formed in processional order and
proceeded to Saint Nicholas Parish Church where a divine service was held.
After the Service the Brethren made their way to the Harbour area where The
Earl Of Erne stepped on the stone on which The Prince Of Orange first set
foot in Ireland on 14 June 1690. The Reverend Bennett Worshipful District
Master said that it was his duty to wish his lordship a hearty welcome and
that he might take it upon himself to tell his lordship that the Orangemen,
not only in Carrickfergus, but of the whole County round about were entirely
opposed to anything in the nature of an effort to repeal the union between
Great Britain and Ireland. The Earl Of Erne replied thanking all for their
support. The procession then proceeded to the Town Hall where the Grand
Orange Council meetings were being held. After the meeting the Grand Master
invited the delegates and a large number of local gentlemen to diner in the
Town Hall that had been gaily decorated with flags suitable to the occasion.
On 15 February 1907 the Reverend Bennett spoke
at the annual reunion of Glenavy District Lodge. Here he attacked
Independent Orangeism as "trying to destroy the principles of
Protestantism". He said that the Independent Order had tried to break up
Unionism in both North Armagh and West Belfast by contesting elections
there. He attacked their stance on devolution and said that the Orange Order
was not for "peace at any price" in order to come to terms with their old
We have come on a lot since those days and
Orangeism continues to thrive in Carrickfergus.
Our District Lodge has now nine Lodges under
In the recent past Carrickfergus District has
supplied Members of Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly Members, and Local
Councillors. Our members continue to play a leading role in the community.
We wholeheartedly support County Antrim Grand
Orange Lodge and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. We support those
Districts and Lodges who are having difficulty because of decisions made by
the un-elected Parades Commission Quango.
Please take some
time to visit each of the Lodges in Carrickfergus District to
learn a little of their history and to view the Roll of Honour.
There are also a number of Womens Lodges, Junior Lodges, and
Black Preceptories operating in the area covered by Carrickfergus
District. Every Lodge also has a Royal Arch Purple Chapter
bearing the same number associated with it.