By Raymond Jess, Concordia University
Chapter 1 of "The Protestant Irish of Montreal and the birth of Canadian National Identity".
Immigrant Societies, the Orange Order
By 1879 the Orange County Master for Hochelaga David Grant believed that there were about 500 active members of the Orange Order in Montreal. But that if he accounted for ‘slow members’, i.e. those members who were not actively engaged in the Order, then the number in Montreal would be closer to 3,000.94 Reporting on a meeting of the Boyne Loyal Orange Lodge in Montreal in 1888, a local Orangemen noted that most of the membership was composed of young men between the ages of 18 and 25. By 1895, the Grand Orange Lodge of Québec was boasting of 4,470 members across the province. The main Orange Hall in Montreal was at 246 St. James Street. In 1894 no fewer than nine Orange Lodges met there at different times every month, including the Loyal Orange Lodges (L.O.L.) of Derry, Victoria, Boyne, Dominion, Prince of Wales and Duke of York, as well as Mount Royal True Blue Benevolent Lodge, Royal Scarlet Chapter and Hobah Royal Black Preceptory. The Hackett L.O.L. met at Chatham Street Hall while the Diamond L.O.L and the Hardiman Lady True Blue Lodge met at the Sons of England Hall on Craig Street. Finally, the Lorne L.O.L. and the Prentice Boys Association met every month at the Fraternity Hall in Point St. Charles. Although like the IPBS (Irish Protestant Benevolent Society), the Orange Order professed a certain national and religious identity, it certainly did not have any qualms in expressing its political and sectarian outlook.
Everyone saw red and white on Canada Day, but on July 12th, you’ll be seeing plenty of orange parading down the streets of Carleton Place.
The July 12th Orange Lodge parade commemorating the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690 will be held in Carleton Place, as part of the ongoing rotation that sees the parade return to the town every other year. Last year, it was held in Smiths Falls.
“We haven’t had a parade in Smiths Falls for some time and we just got the royal treatment down there,” said Alan Currie, a member of the No. 48 Loyal Orange Lodge in Carleton Place, while sitting in one of his trademark wooden sheds at the family business, Clearview Lumber, just outside of Franktown on the Richmond Road.
The Battle of the Boyne and its significance were celebrated in Carleton Place Saturday.
Members of the Orange Lodge from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec marched to mark the 1690 battle in which James VII of Scotland and James II of England were defeated by William III.
The battle, marked by marches on July 12 and known simply as "the Twelfth," is now recognized by the Orange Institution as a major turning point in religious freedom for Protestants.
"It's all about religious freedom, and that's what we stand for. Be proud of your country, be proud of your Protestant faith," said Kevin Bradley, Twelfth of July Committee Chairman.
Orange Lodge reopened after 20-year closure
Oshawa This Week
Apr 11, 2007
WHITBY -- A group of community volunteers have revived the Vimy Loyal Orange Lodge #2697 in time for the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
"We're looking for bright young men interested in being involved in their community," said Recording Secretary Dennis Glazier.
Formed in September 1917 by a group of young Protestant men, the lodge was established to honour the memory of 3,500 Orange brothers who gave their lives in the historic battle, which saw Canadian armed forces regain a German stronghold, resulting in a turning point in the First World War.
The lodge, located at the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) hall on Brock Street South, was active until the 1980s. Its closure likely had to do with dwindling membership as the lodge eventually amalgamated with other local counterparts, said Mr. Glazier.
Naval and Military Lodges were the First to have Meetings in Canada-then followed isolated Lodges and the Formation of the Grand Lodge
The Hedley Gazette and Similkameen Advertiser, Hedley, B.C., July 15th, 1915