An Orange Association was formed in England in 1688 to assist the Prince of Orange in defence of the Protestant Religion and the Liberties of England. The Orange Order, as we know it, was formed by the victorious Protestants after the Battle of the Diamond in 1795. Its aims were to defend Protestantism, Protestant property and the Constitution. The Independent Loyal Orange Institution was formed in 1903 by those who opposed the Orange Order being used for party political ends by unscrupulous politicians. It has promoted the concept that Orangeism should be free of outside interference and should promote the principles of Protestantism - alone.


"The Independent Loyal Orange Institution is energised by, and confidently expresses and promotes, the Reformed Faith and Heritage, through our Orange Fraternity. Recognising the diversity of modern society, and maintaining our Independence from outside influence, we deny to no-one the rights we expect for ourselves."  



General Qualifications of an Orangeman

An Orangeman should be a Protestant in reality and truth, not merely by profession and education; and should be distinguished by sincere love and veneration for his Almighty Creator, steadfast faith in the Saviour of the world, the only mediator between God and man; humble reliance on the guidance and purifying power of the Holy Spirit; and the constant practice of truth and justice, brotherly kindness and charity, loyalty and obedience to the laws. He should, moreover, be in conduct wise and prudent, honest and temperate; in disposition, gentle and compassionate; in behaviour, kind and courteous; cultivating the society of the good, and avoiding the society of the evil.

He should honour and study the Holy Scriptures, making them the rule of his belief and life; uphold and defend by all legitimate means, the Protestant faith in Church and State; protest against and oppose the erroneous and dangerous doctrines and practices of the Church of Rome and resist the power, ascendancy and encroachments of that Church.

He should also, by all lawful means, co-operate with all true Protestants in preventing or removing, in and from the Established and other Protestant Churches, all changes, ceremonies, practices and ornaments, savouring of or resembling the Church of Rome, or inconsistent with the Reformation Principles. He should further duly observe the Sabbath Day, and regularly attend public worship and should, by his general converse, indicate his veneration for the name of God and abhorrence of profane and indecent language.In short, the glory of God and love of man, the honour of his Protestant Sovereign and the good of his country, should be the principles and motives of a true Orangeman's life and conduct. 


Constitutional Affairs

"The Institution is constitutionally Unionist. We bear allegiance to the rightful Sovereign of the United Kingdom, the Laws of the Realm, the Legislative Union and the succession to the Throne in the House of Windsor, it being Protestant. Additionally we are pledged to support the magistrates and the civil authorities in the lawful execution of their duties. Our Unionism is a consequence of our Protestantism. From Protestantism the United Kingdom has gained Democracy, Constitutional Monarchy, Freedom of Speech and Civil and Religious liberty. These principles are enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement. These we will maintain. Unlike the Orange Order we are not linked to any political party but as a Protestant fraternity we support policies which will enhance the union and maintain our right to practice our religion freely."