Ballinderry Purple Star L.O.L. 1939

In the 2006 publication titled “The Faithful and The True – A History of Orangeism in County Antrim” compiled by John McGregor there is a section titled Ballinderry District LOL number 3. The district currently comprises of 6 lodges. There is a reference to previous lodges in this district.

“At least twelve Lodges have been members of the District until 1908 – No’s 136, 143, 149, 361, 916, 1099, 1179, 1180, 1299,1457, 1939 and 1983.”

The Annual Reports of the County Antrim Grand Orange Lodge and similar reports for Belfast, which date from c.1853, record details of Ballinderry Purple Star LOL 1939.

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Saturday November 5th 1870 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

The Fifth of November.
Ballinderry Purple Star.

Last evening the members of the Ballinderry Purple Star, 1939 commemorated the anniversary by a soiree in the Derby Orange Hall, Agnes Street. The hall was profusely decorated with flags, banners, evergreen and mottoes. There was a large attendance of the members and their friends, including a considerable number of ladies. The chair was occupied by Br. James Henderson, D.M., Ballinderry, who, after the tea and cake provided had been disposed of, introduce the proceedings of the evening by a brief address. The Rev. S.E. Busby addressed the meeting at some length, explaining the event they were met to commemorate, and drawing parallel between the destruction that threatened England in 1605 and the destruction which threatened the Jews in the days of Ahashuerea. He concluded with some practical advice to those present, and resumed his seat amid loud applause and Kentish fire. The Rev. G A Chadwick, who was enthusiastically received, then addressed the audience. He pointed out that Protestantism organised – Protestantism directed in political channels – it was civil and religious liberty. Mr. Chadwick strongly urged union among all classes of Protestants and Orangemen, so that they might stand shoulder to shoulder in the trying times in which they were placed. In conclusion, he showed that they must fight a principle with a principle, and if they wanted to fight successfully the false principle of Romanism they must have in their hearts the true principle of Christianity. Mr.Chadwick concluded amid cheers and Kentish fire. The meeting was afterwards addressed by the Worshipful Master of No. 7 and Mr. Wm McDade, who entered into the defence of Orangeism. The usual loyal and patriotic sentiments were proposed and acknowledged, after which the proceedings terminated.

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Monday 14th August 1871 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Sympathy with the Apprentice Boys.

On Saturday evening a meeting of Orangemen of the Shankhill Road district was held at the Orange Hall, Agnes Street, the object being to express sympathy with the Apprentice Boys of Derry in commemorating the anniversary of the Relief of the city…….

Br. Bell (W.M. of the Ballinderry Purple Star Lodge 1939) then came forward amid applause, and moved the next resolution, expressing disapproval of the proclamation prohibiting the celebration of the anniversary, and characterising it as unconstitutional and contrary to the principles of civil and religious liberty. He argued that the direct result of such a proceeding was to destroy civil liberty and insisted that it was most proper that the remembrance of their many deliverances from the thraldom of Popery should be kept up, just as the Jews of old celebrated their national deliverance. (Applause.)……

A few tar barrels were then lighted in the grounds, and a copy of the proclamation prohibiting the procession were burned, amid tremendous cheering……

A number of boys afterwards amused themselves with firing rockets and squibs, which created considerable laughter.”

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Monday 16th December 1872 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Orange Soiree – On Friday evening the fourth annual soiree of the Ballinderry Purple Star LOL 1939, took place in the large room of the Derby Orange Hall, Agnes Street. There was a very large gathering of the brethren, with their wives and sweethearts, the spacious room being quite filled. After tea, which was abundantly supplied by the stewards, the Worshipful Master (Br. James Bell) took the chair; and, after congratulating the lodge on its present prosperous condition, proceeded to address the meeting on the trials and struggles which the cause of Protestantism had passed in times gone by, and also to the necessity of continued watchfulness against the encroachments of Popery. The Rev. Alexander Rea was then called upon, and, amid frequent bursts of applause, delivered an excellent address on “Protestant Unity.” They had seen what disunion had brought about in Ulster at the last general election, and also what union had accomplished at the recent contest in Derry. The Orange platform was one on which the Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and Methodist could meet and make common cause against the inroads of Liberalism and Radicalism; and he called on all the lovers of Crown and Constitution to rally round the Orange banner. The meeting was also addressed in eloquent and stirring strains by the W.M. of No. 7 district, taking as his theme the progress of Protestantism. At intervals during the evening, the proceedings were enlivened by the singing of songs. Te reunion did not terminate till a late hour.

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Saturday, July 18, 1874 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

The Orange Meeting on the 13th July – From the list of lodges attending the Lambeg meeting several lodges were omitted. The lodges comprising Killead District no 2, assembled about a hundred yards outside the municipal boundary on the morning of the 13th July, where they unfurled their banners, and proceeded to Lambeg shortly after nine o’clock. The procession was led by Br. James Kingsberry D.M., and Br.John Donnelly D.D.M. no 1069 and comprised Nos 1122, 1923,1938,1959,1972,1976,1997. The Ballinderry Purple Star, the Aghalee Church Defenders, and Johnston’s Volunteers, and the juvenile lodges connected with the Duke of Manchester’s Invincibles and Ewart’s True Blues accompanied the lodges of the Killead District, No. 2 The appearance of the juvenile lodges was very creditable, and reflected great credit on the senior lodges to which they belong. ….

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Saturday 25th November 1876 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Constitutional Brothers Loyal Orange Lodge no 631 – The members of this flourishing lodge held their annual soiree last evening, at eight o’clock in the Orange Hall, College Street. The hall was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The flags of the following lodges were suspended around the walls :- … … … Ballinderry Purple Star 1939 … …

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Wednesday July 13th 1881and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Twelfth of July – Lambeg.

In attendance were District no 9 (Belfast)
D.M. Brs James Bell, D.D.M. Edward Coburn, D.C’s Rev W Beatty and George Hamilton; D.T. John Donnelly; D.S. Samuel Cringlington … 1939 Ballinderry Purple Star, William H. Lynn …

A similar report can be found for the Twelfth of July in the Belfast Newsletter dated Thursday 13th July 1882.

The demonstration was held in the Botanic gardens, Belfast. The details of the officers and WM for Ballinderry Purple Star remain as previous year. In 1883 the lodge took place in the Twelfth demonstrations at Chrome Hill, Lambeg. The details of the officers and lodge W.M. were similar to those appearing in the two previous years.

On Monday October 8th 1883 the Belfast Newsletter reported that the lodge was represented at the laying of the foundation stones of a new Orange Hall in Belfast, at Clifton Street. The building was formerly the Deaf and Dumb Institution. Wm H Lynn is the WM listed for Ballinderry Purple Star on that occasion.

In 1885 this lodge met on the first Friday of each month at Agnes Street Orange Hall. At that time the lodge consisted of 57 members.

The following names are recorded in the returns. The addresses are all Belfast addresses.

(WM – Worshipful Master, D.M. – Deputy master, Sec – Secretary, Treas – treasurer)

Year Position Name Address members
1885 WM Wm H. Lynn 51 Morpeth Street 57
Sec John Hunter 4 Regent Street
1886 WM Wm H. Lynn 51 Morpeth Street 60
Sec John Hunter 63 Cumberland Street
1887 WM Wm H. Lynn 51 Morpeth Street 50
Sec John H. Hunter 4 Regent Street
1888 WM Wm H. Lynn 51 Morpeth Street 35
Sec David Huston 18 Meenan Street
1889 WM Wm H. Lynn 51 Morpeth Street 35
Sec John H. Hunter 41 Grosvenor Street
1890 WM Wm H. Lynn 2 Cumberland Street 34
Sec John H. Hunter 35 Grosvenor Street
1891 WM Wm H. Lynn 12 Cumberland Street 33
Sec John H. Hunter 35 Grosvenor Street
1892 WM Wm H. Lynn 12 Cumberland Street 37
Sec John Thompson 18 Windsor Street
1893 WM W H Lynn 61 Dover Street 33
Sec A. McDonald 12 Mayo Street
1895 WM Andrew McDonald 12 Mayo Street
Sec Thomas Vogen 21 Bann Street
1897 WM Andrew McDonald 12 Mayo Street 20
Sec George Cummings 22 Bromley Street
1898 WM Andrew McDonald 12 Mayo Street 25
Sec Robert Beckett 30 Mountjoy Street
1899 WM Andrew McDonald 12 Mayo Street 28
DM Henry Andrews 46 Bann Street
Sec Robert Beckett 30 Mountjoy Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 8 Chief Street
1900 WM Andrew McDonald 12 Mayo Street 28
DM Andrew Scott 153 Argyle Street
Sec Robert Beckett 10 Mountjoy Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 29 Heather Street
1901 WM Andrew McDonald 12 Mayo Street 28
DM Andrew Scott 168 Argyle Street
Sec Robert Beckett 10 Mountjoy Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 99 Dover Street
1902 WM Andrew McDonald 14 Pollard Street 40
DM John Rainey 1 Viola Terrace
Sec Robert Beckett 10 Mountjoy Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1903 WM Andrew McDonald 14 Pollard Street 34
DM John Rainey 1 Viola Terrace
Sec Robert Beckett 10 Mountjoy Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1904 WM Andrew McDonald 14 Pollard Street 43
DM Henry Stevens 122 Glenwood Street
Sec David Hawthorne 122 Glenwood Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1905 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 30
DM John Greer 100 Beresford Street
Sec Robert Beckett 40 Matchett Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1906 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 30
DM Moses Caughey 85 Glenwood Street
Sec Robert Beckett 13 Matchett Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1907 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 30
DM Joseph Stanton 17 Mossvale Street
Sec Robert Beckett 13 Matchett Street
Treas Wm R McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1908 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 40
DM Joseph Stanton 17 Mossvale Street
Sec Joshua Sloan 2 Orkney Drive
Treas Wm McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1909 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 35
DM Joseph Stanton 17 Mossvale Street
Sec Joshua Sloan 2 Orkney Drive
Treas Wm McCrudden 60 Oregon Street
1910 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Ave 37
DM Wm Johnston 30 Sandymount Street
Sec Joshua Sloan 16 March Street
Treas Wm R. McCrudden 23 Weir Street
1911 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 32
DM Wm Johnston 30 Sandymount Street
Sec Joshua Sloan 16 March Street
Treas Wm R. McCrudden 23 Weir Street
1917 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue 45
DM Joshua Sloan 16 March Street
Sec Wm Caves 12 Distillery Street
Treas Wm R. McCrudden 23 Weir Street
1918 WM Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue
DM Joshua Sloan 16 March Street
Sec Wm Caves 12 Distillery Street
Treas Andrew McDonald (jun) 114 Ainsworth Avenue
1919 WM Samuel Mark 18 Shankill Road 50
DM Jas A Johnston 46 Hazelfield Street
Sec W.H. Ferguson 110 Grosvenor Street
Treas Andrew McDonald (jun) 114 Ainsworth Avenue
1920 WM James A Johnstone 46 Hazelfield Street
DM Wm H Ferguson 110 Grosvenor Street
Sec Richard Patterson 53 Devonshire Street
Treas Andrew McDonald (jun) 114 Ainsworth Avenue
1925 WM David Spiers 1 Springfield Parade 37
DM Walter Stewart 155 Roden Street
Sec Wm Magowan 12 Distillery Street
Treas Wm Caves 24 Malt Street
1927 WM Wm Duff 160 Roden Street 30
DM Jas Ferguson 118 Euston Street
Sec James Johnston 46 Hazelfield Street
Treas Wm Caves 24 Malt Street
1928 WM Wm Duff 160 Roden Street 26
DM John Ferguson 15 Burnaby Street
Sec James Johnston 46 Hazelfield Street
Treas Wm Caves 24 Malt Street

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Tuesday 14th July 1885 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

The Twelfth of July demonstrations took place at Cloughfern. No 9 district consisting of 17 lodges, had the following officers listed –
D.M. James Bell, D.D.M. Thomas Addes, D.T. John Donnelly, D.S. Samuel Criglington.

Ballinderry Purple Star 1939 was in attendance and the WM was listed as W.H. Lynn

A similar report appeared in the Belfast Newsletter on Tuesday 13th July 1886. On that occasion District No 9 had the following officers listed-

D.M. James Bell, D.D.M. George Gordon, D.C. Rev NE Smith, D.T. John Donnelly, D.S. Samuel Cringlington.

W.H. Lynn was listed as the WM for the lodge.

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Saturday 12th February 1887 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

The Orange Institution. Ballinderry Purple Star L.O.L. 1939.

The sixteenth annual social reunion of this lodge was held in the Derby Memorial Orange and Protestant Hall, Agnes Street, yesterday evening. The walls of the hall were draped with the flags and banners of the following lodges: – 154 (banner), 245, 493, 671, 684, 693, 920, 1069, 1902, 1959, 1985, 1990, 1997, RBP 28,  No 2 Juvenile, and the splendid new flag of the lodge no 1939 occupied the post of honour immediately behind the chair of the WM. The gasoliers were very tastefully decorated. There was a large muster of the members and their lady and gentleman friends. There was an excellent supply of tea and the necessary accompaniments served up by the following: – Chief Steward Br John Hunter; stewards, James Adams, William Smyth,John Hamilton, James Beggs, John McCrudden, Thomas Hunter and David Hamilton. Br John Shaw, Wm 1959 was caterer. After tea, the WM., Br William Henry Lynn, was called upon to preside. On taking the chair, Br. Lynn said that he thanked the members of Ballinderry Purple Star for the honour conferred on him by electing him to the position of Worshipful Master of 1939. For seven years he had occupied the chair, and during that period he found it a source of great pleasure to preside at their annual reunion. Perhaps it was because of the presence of the ladies who lent a charm to their social meetings that they would not otherwise possess. (Applause.) The chairman then gave “The Queen” and “The Prince and Princess of Wales,” which were duly responded to. The W.M. then in a few well-chosen remarks, proposed “The Glorious and Immortal Memory of King William 111.,” No 9 District L.O.L. “The Orange Institution” was responded to by Br. John Anderson, W.M. Killyman True Blues 985 and Br. S. Cringlington. D.S. No 9 Br. James Bell W.M. No 9, gave “Prosperity to the Ballinderry Purple Star 1939,” which was responded to by Br. John Hunter and Brother Joseph McKnight. During the evening the proceedings were enlivened by songs, recitations, & C, the entertainment concluding by the singing of “God Save the Queen.”

The lodge participated in the 1887 Twelfth of July demonstration held at Botanic Gardens. The WM was listed as Wm H Lynn and John Hunter as Secretary.

The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter – Wednesday November 9th 1887 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.

Ballinderry Purple Star L.O.L. No 1939.

The usual monthly meeting of this flourishing Orange lodge was held on Friday evening in the Derby Memorial Orange and Protestant Hall, Agnes Street. The chair was occupied by Br. Wm Henry Lynn, W.M. and the vice-chair by Br. David John Magowan, D.M. The usual business having been disposed of, Br. W.H. Lynn, W.M. said that before their next meeting the municipal elections would be over, and he hoped that the loyal man and women of Belfast who had now the right of voting, thanks to Sir James P. Corry, Bart., M.P. would vote for as many of the retiring Town Councillors as offered themselves for re-election. (Applause.) Amongst their municipal representatives there were several good and true Orangemen, who would be returned at the head of the poll in their respective wards, He (Br. Lynn) would place at the head of the list their friend and brother, William John Johnston (Cheers.) His forefathers were amongst the earliest founders of the glorious institution – (Applause) – and Mr. Johnston had stuck to their noble Order through good and evil report. Br. Wm John Johnston was a Deputy Grand Master for Ireland, and therefore, entitled to the support of all Orangemen of St. George’s Ward. In Smithfield Ward they had an outspoken and fearless champion in Sir John Preston , who at the Royal Commission declared himself an Orangeman, much to the astonishment of Judge Day, who from first to last seemed to have been eclipsed by some evil genius which warped his judgement, the result being that the Commission turned out a burlesque. (Cheers.) Their worthy Mayor, Sir James H Haslett, was also a candidate for municipal honours , and he, too, was an Orangeman, and would receive the support of every Loyalist in Smithfield Ward. (Applause.) Next in order stood Br. John Forsythe and Br. James Adams, who as councillors were seeking re-election, and to them would also be given the undivided support of every Loyalist in Smithfield Ward. (hear, hear.)

Br. John Hunter, secretary said he was glad the question of the forthcoming municipal elections had been so ably brought under their notice by their Worshipful Master, Br. Lynn. He (Br. Hunter) hoped that in every ward the advice of their Worshipful Master would be acted upon. (Cheers.) Therefore, he had great pleasure in proposing “That it is with satisfaction that we noticed in the Conservative Press that the Belfast Conservative Association has again nominated such of the Conservative members as offer themselves for re-election to the Belfast Town Council thereby demonstrating the falsity of the charges made in the House of Commons against the Belfast Corporation and the loyal and law-abiding working men of Belfast by Mr. Thomas Sexton, M.P.” (Cheers.)

This resolution was ably seconded by Br. Wm Hamilton, and, on being put, was carried unanimously.

The proceedings shortly afterwards terminated.

In 1888 the lodge was reported by the Belfast Newsletter to have been at the Twelfth of July celebrations at Lambeg.

On Monday, November 18th 1889 the Belfast Newsletter reported a “monster” demonstration at an unveiling ceremony of the statue of King William 111 at the Orange Hall, Clifton Street, Belfast. The lodge was represented at this event.

In 1890 the lodge was reported by the Belfast Newsletter to have attended the Twelfth of July demonstration. The WM was Wm H Lynn. The following year the lodge WM was reported to be Wm H Lynn and the Secretary John H Hunter. They attended the Twelfth of July celebrations at Ballymenoch, Belfast.

In 1897 the Twelfth of July demonstration took place at Mallusk. The lodge was reported to have attended. The WM at that time was reported to be Andrew McDonald and the Secretary, Thomas Vogen.

The records in existence for the period 1906 – 1919 show that the Deputy Master for Belfast District number 9 was Andrew McDonald, 114 Ainsworth Avenue, a member of LOL 1939.

Further information:

In the 1911 census Andrew McDonald age 57 a linen lapper resided with his wife of 33 years, Sarah McDonald, 55 years at Ainsworth Avenue, Belfast. Also residing there were 5 of their nine children – Sarah Scott,24, Jane 28, Andrew 19 a tinsmith, James age 17 and Samuel age 17.

In the 1911 census a William Johnston, age 55 a Linen Lapper, widower was residing with the Macauley family at Sandymount Street.

In the 1911 census Joshua Sloan, 27 years, Sewing machine warehouseman was residing with his wife of 3 years – Eleanor Sloan at Sandymount Street., with their 3 children Andrew aged 2, James Aged 2 and Joshua Sussex aged 9 months.

In the 1911 census William McCrudden aged 22 a labourer resided with his wife Annie aged 22 years a spinner at Weir Street. They had been married 1 year.

In the 1911 census William Caves aged 50 born in County Down resided with his wife of 31 years – Mary aged 46, born County Armagh at Distillery Street. They resided with their children and a grandson. – William James age 26, Lizzie Magowan age 24, Robert John age 21, Fred Samuel age 17,Mary Isabella age 15, Florence Ellen age 13 and Henry aged 11. A grandson William Magowan also resided there aged 5.

In the 1911 census the Ferguson family are listed at Grosvenor Road. James Ferguson, a railway guard aged 56, born County Monaghan resided with his children – Mary Anne age 28, Margaret age 21, William Henry age 18 a pawnbrokers apprentice, Ernest 15, Robert age 12, David age 7, and Walter aged 6.

In the 1911 census the Speer family are listed at Springfield Parade. David Robinson a shop manager, aged 41, born Londonderry and his wife of fifteen years – Lucy, born Fermanagh aged 39. They resided with their children – David George age 11, Ernest William James age 9, Robert John age 7 and Albert Robinson age 3.

In the 1911 census the Patterson family are listed at Devonshire Street. John Patterson, a sewing machine mechanic age 41 born County Armagh and his wife of 18 years Anne Jane age 40 born County Armagh resided with their 7 children – Richard age 17, Mary age 15, Anna age 13, Marguerita age 10, John age 8, Sarah age 4 and James age 1.

The Ulster Covenant in 1912 was signed by:

  • Andrew McDonald 114 Ainsworth Avenue at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Andrew McDonald, junior, 114 Ainsworth Avenue at the City Hall Belfast
  • James McDonald, 114 Ainsworth Avenue at the City Hall Belfast
  • Jane McDonald, 114 Ainsworth Avenue at Shankill Road Orange Hall
  • Samuel McDonald, 114 Ainsworth Avenue at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Sarah McDonald, 114 Ainsworth Avenue at Shankill Road Orange Hall
  • William Johnston, 30 Sandymount Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Joshua Sloan, 16 March Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Eleanor Sloan, 16 March Street at St Matthew’s parochial hall
  • William R McCrudden, 23 Weir Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Fred S Caves 12 Distillery Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Mary Caves 12 Distillery Street
  • May Isabella Evelyn Caves, 12 Distillery Street at Queen Victoria Memorial School
  • Robert Caves, 12 Distillery Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • William Caves, 12 Distillery Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • William Caves, 12 Distillery Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Robert John Caves, 12 Distillery Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Isabella Johnston 46 Hazelfield Street at Albert Hall
  • James Alexander Johnston, 46 Hazelfield Street at the Old Town Hall
  • Robert Beggs Johnston 46 Hazelfield Street at the Albert Hall
  • Maggie Wilkinson 46 Hazelfield Street at the Albert Hall
  • Margaret Davies 110 Grosvenor Road at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Annie Ferguson 110 Grosvenor Road at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Bertie Ferguson 110 Grosvenor Road at the City Hall, Belfast
  • James Ferguson 110 Grosvenor Road at the City Hall, Belfast
  • William Henry Ferguson 110 Grosvenor Road at Sandy Row Orange Hall Belfast
  • Anne Jane Patterson 53 Devonshire Street at Drew Memorial Vestry
  • James Patterson 53 Devonshire Street at Old Town Hall
  • May Patterson 53 Devonshire Street at Drew Memorial Vestry
  • Richard William 53 Devonshire Street at the City Hall, Belfast
  • Annie Duff 160 Roden Street at Willowfield Unionist Club

Extract from the Belfast Telegraph Monday 13th December 1954 and appears with permission of the Belfast Telegraph.

Connolly – The Officers and Members of Ballinderry Purple Star McDonald Memorial LOL regret the death of the wife of their esteemed member James Connolly and sister of Br. Samuel McDonald and tender their deepest sympathy – W. Clyde, W.M.

Connolly – December 12 1954 (suddenly) at her residence 6 Silverstream Parade, Jeanie, beloved wife of James Connolly – deeply regretted by her brother and sister in law Samuel and Elizabeth McDonald 9 Coombe Hill Park, Belfast.

The above Jeanie Connolly was a daughter of Andrew McDonald.

A record in 1957 shows the lodge to be listed as Ballinderry Purple Star McDonald Memorial. There were 12 members at this time. In 1961 the membership had dwindled to 9. From 1962 there was no returns for the lodge suggesting it was no longer in existence.

The descendants of Andrew McDonald (snr) have informed me that Joshua Sloan was a son-in-law of Andrew McDonald (snr), having married his daughter Nellie (Eleanor).

Thanks to the staff at The Grand Lodge of Ireland, Schomberg House, 368 Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 9EY – www.grandorange.org.uk for their assistance and permission to use extracts from the records held there.

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