What is an Orangeman?

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Loyal Orange Institution of England

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  What does it all mean?

The Loyal Orange Institution is a worldwide Protestant fraternity, originally founded as the Orange Society in 1688 and firmly based in the Scriptural Truths and the propagation of the Christian Reformed Faith.

Although to the general public, we seem to appear as a marching organisation, in reality for those involved there is much more.

The basic unit of the LOI is the private lodge, which builds a pyramid structure. Each private lodge has a unique name and number, usually meeting every month, in the cities, towns, and villages of England.

At a Private lodge level the Institution provides:




4.Bible Teaching

5.Charitable Outreach opportunities

6.Various patriotic activities

7.Religious services.

What is an Orangeman?

An Orangeman is a member of the Orange institution and conforms to the Qualifications of an Orangeman.

An Orangeman is :-

•A Professing Christian...

He follows the Golden Rule in all his personal and business affairs.

•A Protestant...

He upholds the great Protestant principle of freedom of conscience for all people.

•A Good Citizen...

He is law-abiding. He respects and observes all laws.

•A Good Neighbour...

He is concerned with the welfare of man.

•Generous and Charitable...

He is generous not only with his worldly goods, but also with his time, his thoughts, and his deeds.

•A Leader...

He prepares himself for the responsibilities of leadership.

•Informed and Vigilant...

He is aware and respective to events and issues around him.

•A Loving and Responsible Parent...

He accepts total responsibility for the support, health, and education of his children.

•Honours and Glories in his Heritage...

He accepts his origins as part of himself, and he sees himself as an extension of his forefathers.

•A Gentleman...

He respects the sanctity of women and defends their rights.

•A Brother...

He practices the highest level of fraternalism in the tradition of his lodge

Most Worshipful Brother David Catt David Catt was born in 1860 in Warbleton in the County of Sussex., He joined the Orange Order while in his mid- twenties, and as also Secretary of the Calvinistic Protestant Union, who circulated a vast number of bibles, scripture texts and tracts. Brother Catt was believed to have founded 23 lodges in addition to the North East London District No 86 & of course our very own Sussex District No 88 which is still in existence to this day! His son also named David went on to become a minister in the Reformed Episcopal Church as well as an Orangeman and sadly died at the tender age of 33 in 1918 and had subsequent lodges named in his memory. Brother Catt went on to become The Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master in 1924 and gained election to the most Worshipful Grand Master of England in 1932. after many years’ service to the orange order and upholding its values and promoting its Christianity throughout the word Brother Catt passed away on the 16th March 1944.

Notable Orangemen & women through the ages

The story of a famous member... Dr. Thomas Barnardo Dr. Thomas Barnardo was born in Dublin on July 4th 1845 and was brought up in an evangelical Protestant family. He worked as a clerk and was involved with church and Sunday School activities. He also joined the Orange Institution. Thomas moved to London, initially planning to become a medical missionary with the China Inland Mission. While a student at the London Hospital, he discovered the plight of homeless children in the city. After a speech he made about the problem at a Missionary Conference in 1867, Lord Shaftesbury, who was in the audience, was among those who offered to help establish homes for the children. By 1868 Barnardo had enough money to open his first home for destitute children. Ten years later there were 50 orphanages in London including a Village Home for Girls with a population of over 1,000 children. It also had its own school, a laundry and a church. In 1870 he bought a public house named the Edinburgh Castle and converted it into a coffee palace and a mission church, where he ministered for nine years. Orange Lodges for men, women, boys and girls were connected to the Edinburgh Castle Mission. When Barnardo died on September 19th 1905 there were nearly 8,000 children in his residential homes, and 18,000 had participated in a scheme involving emigration to Canada. In his Will he stated: “I hope to die as I have lived in the humble, but assured faith of Jesus Christ…” It was this faith which drove him on to become the ‘father of nobody’s children’ and to be founder of what became one of the largest charitable organisations in the United Kingdom. An Orange lodge was formed in his memory in London; Dr. Barnardo Memorial Total Abstinence LOL 819. It met at the Edinburgh Castle Mission as part of London District Lodge No. 63. There was also a Dr. Barnardo Junior LOL 49, which formed an Orange Boy’s Brigade Company with 29 members in 1908.

Did you know......


  • There were five Orangemen whom received the Victoria Cross medal for Valour during the First World War - one of which was a Chaplin!.

  • An estimated 200,000 Orangemen saw service during the First World War - which is why we are active in remembrance annually

  • Warrant Number 874 was issued by the Grand Orange Lodge of England during World War One to imprisoned Brethren in POW camp in Holland.

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