Hardly secret, they march every year to celebrate the Protestant victory at the Battle of the Boyne, 1690 (year from memory).
Named after William of Orange, Stadholder of the United Dutch Provinces, invited to become King of England in 1688 (The Glorious Revolution), after
King James ran away to live in the shadow of Louis Bourbon, Louis XIV, King of France (The Sun King).
The Orange Order was founded by English Freemasons as a Fraternity of Loyalist Protestants. There ritual has a resemblance to Freemasonry but isn't
identical. I don't know whether the secret modes of recognition are similar or not. Being an Orangeman wouldn't grant entrance into a Masonic Lodge
and vice versa.
I have heard rumours before that orders like this in Northern Ireland are instruments in 'the troubles' there. I think it was Michael Tsarion that
mentioned this, not that I believe it to be reliable 100%. It's an interesting angle.
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