he Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry is a Christian, historical and cultural society that was officially established in in the year 1814 in the City of Londonderry, Ireland. There are eight Parent Clubs within the city of Londonderry with Branch Clubs spread across Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia and Canada.
The society aims to commemorate the 1689 Siege of Derry when deposed King James II laid siege to the walled city, which was in those days a Protestant stronghold in the Province of Ulster in Ireland.
The Siege of Derry began in December 1688 when 13 apprentice boys shut the gates of Londonderry against a regiment of twelve hundred Jacobite soldiers commanded by Alexander MacDonnell, Earl of Antrim.
Apprentice Boys of Derry Club
In 1935 The Apprentice Boys of Derry Club is described as the oldest of the present organization. The earliest record of initiaion is shown as 1883, unfortunately however all records prior to this were inadvertently destroyed by a former secretary. The oldest branch is Lurgan and the youngest Desertmartin branch.
On Wednesday, 2nd March, 1927, twelve members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry met in the Memorial Hall to consider whether or not to revive the Baker Club which had completely lapsed.
On Wednesday, 2nd March, 1927, twelve members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry met in the Memorial Hall to consider whether or not to revive the Baker Club which had completely lapsed. An apology was received on behalf of the other member.
Bro. Edward McIntyre was appointed Chairman and after discussion it was decided to renew the Charter in connection with the Club. The twelve present together with the absent member, were named as Charter Members, and first offers of the Club were appointed as follows.
"There can be no dedication to Canada’s future without a knowledge of its past." - John Diefenbaker, Orangeman and 13th Prime Minister of Canada