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Below is a track recorded for the Rising Sons of Down Flute Band from Donaghadee in 2004, the track was featured on the bands 30th Anniversary CD. The narrator is the late Bro. Henry Weir of LOL 781 and the drumming on the track was played by his two sons both members of the Lodge. The track tells the story of a fisherman and his son who happen upon the flotilla of ships carrying King William III to Ireland. Although the story is fictional the number and names of ships, the places visited by King William III etc. are all factual. The aim of the track was to both educate and entertain. We hope you enjoy it.

Stamp of Approval For Canadian Orangeman

There are probably not too many Orangemen who have featured on a stamp in the past, so Sir John A. Macdonald, who was the first Prime Minister of Canada belongs to an elite club.
Macdonald personally wrote the largest part of the Canadian Constitution Act, earning him the position of "father of his country". He was Knighted by Queen Victoria.
He was Scottish and born was born at George Street in Glasgow in 1815, his parents emigrating to Kingston, Ontario, when he was five.
Macdonald left school at the age of 15 and embarked on a legal career. He would rise to the highest political office and serve for 19 years as Prime Minister, one of the longest tenures of the post in Canadian history.
He was a strong advocate of Canada's position within the British Empire and the benefits which it produced.
Although his personal life was beset with tragedy and sorrow - his first wife, Isabella Clark Macdonald, dying after a long illness of more than a decade, his son dying as a baby and a daughter to his second wife Susan Bernard being born disabled - John A. Macdonald provided outstanding service to his country and was much loved by his people.
Macdonald had his faults like everyone else, and it is well known that he struggled with alcohol, the consequence of the tragedy which life had brought him.
But his story is inspirational because he rose above the human frailties and gave much to his land and his people.
When he died on June 6th 1891 in Ottawa, he was universally mourned by Canada and the British Empire. A prominent Orangeman, he was also a Freemason, having been initiated in 1844 at St. John's Lodge No. 5 in Kingston. He joined the Orange Institution in his early years and remained a devoted member all his life,
The Grand Orange Lodge of British North America noted in July 1892 that "Becoming a member of our Order in early life, he remained to the last staunch to its principles and in earnest sympathy with its aims... Sir John Macdonald, who laid the foundation of the fair Dominion of Canada, and shaped years ago the destinies of a new nation, has had the felicity of seeing it expanding and strengthening at a rate that must have exceeded his most sanguine expectations.
"Ere his eyes were closed in death he could feel that a great future was assured to the Dominion that now extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and whose provinces his organizing genius had so firmly welded together. He died loved, honored, victorious....."

Did You Know ?

The siege of Derry took place 1688 - 1689 and is recorded as being the longest siege in British military history having lasted 105 days.
It was at Groomsport ( just 3 miles from Donaghadee ) Fredrick Herman, the Duke of Schomberg, who was second in command to King William III, landed with the first of the Williamite Army in 1689.
Loughbrickland was the rendezvous point for King Williams troops dispersed in winter quarters and a large stone now marks the spot where the army camped.
The Battle of Newtownbutler took place on 31st July 1689. Approximately 2,000 Williamite Inniskillingers came face to face with the Jacobite force about a mile south of Newtownbutler.
King James II landed at Kinsale, County Cork, on the 12th March 1689 in an attempt to reclaim the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
The above article is taken from the Orange Standard and kindly reproduced here with the kind permission of the Editor.
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