1912 Orange Order commemoration 'Battle of the Boyne’ Elmvale Ontario

Set of games and competitions, along with prizes celebrating the 1690 battle victory of Protestants in Ireland.

                                 Anniversary of the
                            BATTLE OF THE BOYNE
The anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne will be celebrated under the auspices of L.O.L., No. 991 in
                              Friday, July 12, 1912


...Boys' race, 15 years and under, Orangemen's sons, 1st $1.00, 2nd 50 cents.

...Girls' race, 15 years and under, Orangemen's daughters, 1st $1.00, 2nd 50 cents...

Elmvale is approximately 30 kms N.E. of Barrie, Ontario.

Printed on orange paper

Vertical and horizontal folds.

22 ½ x 15 ½ 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.