Faith, Fraternity & Fighting

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Faith, Fraternity & Fighting

The Orange Order and Irish Migrants In Northern England, C.1850-1920


July 1st, 2005

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This book fills one of the most significant gaps in modern British historiography. Despite its public profile, the Orange Order has not attracted commensurate scholarly attention. Uncritical apologists apart, historians have displayed condescending censure, stigmatising and dismissing the Order as sectarian – a term unduly restricted in their studies to violence and demonstrations. Having gained unique access to lodge membership records, MacRaild provides a timely corrective. MacRaild makes excellent use of archive material to provide a fascinating study of ‘diasporic’ Orangeism, showing how it was imported into mainland Britain and implanted within working-class communities as a ‘way of life’, able to attract adherents with no obvious Irish provenance or connection (the Toxteth lodge in North West England has a not insignificant black presence.) Impeccably researched and expertly written, Faith, Fraternity and Fighting is a major achievement and an important step in rescuing Orangeism from the stigma of sectariansim

Author Information

Donald MacRaild is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at London Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
List of Tables7
List of Figures8
1: The Meaning and Context of Northern England’s Orange Order28
2: The Development of Orangeism in Northern England48
3: The Anatomy of Orangeism83
4: ‘Trunks without Heads’? The Composition of Northern England’s Orange Order121
5: Marching, Meeting and Rioting: The Public Face of Orangeism168
6: Money and Mutualism212
7: ‘Heart, Pocket and Hand’: Unionist Politics and the Orange Order254
8: An Orange Diaspora298