1907 Orange Lodge commemoration 'Battle of the Boyne’ Beeton Ontario

Invitation from the Loyal Orange Lodge of Beeton Ontario to neighbouring Lodge No. 605 Craigvale to join their celebration of the Battle of the Boyne on July 12, 1907.


                 CELEBRATION OF JULY 12, 1907, AT BEETON

Beeton, February 25 1907
To the W.M. and Brethren of L.O.L. No. 605 Craigvale
Dear Sir and Brethren
The Loyal Orange Lode of Beeton intend to celebrate the coming Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in the beautiful village of Beeton on Friday July 12, 1907 and take pleasure in inviting your Lodge to join us…
Yours fraternally.
O.J. Patton W. M.
W. Fenn Secretary of Com.


Beeton is in Simcoe County, approximately 20 kms W of Newmarket, Ontario.

Two vertical folds.

14 x 21 cm

The Orange Order was a political and religious fraternal society in Canada. From the early 19th century, members proudly defended Protestantism and the British connection while providing mutual aid. The Order had a strong influence in politics, particularly through patronage at the municipal level, and developed a reputation for sectarianism and rioting.

The Order was strongest in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, yet it spread to every province and included members of all ages from all social backgrounds and classes. This wide membership generally reflected the demographic configuration of the area in which a lodge was found, including mining and logging towns, Prairie communities and urban centres. Lodge size varied greatly; however, the average lodge had 25–40 members in rural areas and double that figure in urban areas. At the peak of the Order in 1920, there were about 100,000 members in 2,000 lodges throughout Canada and the British colony of Newfoundland.


The Battle of the Boyne was a battle in 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James VII and II of Scotland, England and Ireland and those of Dutch Prince William of Orange who, with his wife Mary II, had acceded to the Crowns of England and Scotland[b] in 1688. The battle took place across the River Boyne close to the town of Drogheda in the Kingdom of Ireland, modern day Republic of Ireland, and resulted in a victory for William. This turned the tide in James's failed attempt to regain the British crown and ultimately aided in ensuring the continued Protestant ascendancy in Ireland.


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