One-hundred and eighty-five years ago, in 1830, the Grand Lodge of Ireland issued the original warrant for Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 48 in Carleton Place.
The warrant, which hangs in the Orange Hall at 195 Industrial Ave, was issued to John Carboy, Kevin Bradley told the Canadian Gazette.
Bradley is the master of LOL No. 48, and he’s the immediate past grand master of Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East.
Fifteen years later – on Feb. 24, 1845 – the Grand Lodge of Ireland recognized British America as its own separate entity. As a result, the warrant for LOL No. 48 was re-issued.
“And we were lucky enough that they gave us the same number,” Bradley said.
With members throughout the world, the Orange Order is a Protestant fraternal society, which was founded in 1795 in Ireland to commemorate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.