Stockport Orange Order Meeting (1850's/1860's)

Report of Grand Orange Lodge meeting in Stockport Temperance Hall in the mid 1800's

‘The annual meeting, in connection with the Grand Protestant Association of Loyal Orangemen of England, was held on the 1st of July, in the Temperance Hall, Stockport, Cheshire.  The regular yearly business of the association was gone through on the occasion, the Rev J Burnet, L.L.D., Vicar of Bradford, and Grand Chaplain, occupying the chair during part of the proceedings; and Brother the Rev Samuel Doria; of Wigan, during the remaining part of the business.  The Right Honourable the Earl of Enniskillen was re-elected Grand Master; Brother Booth Mason, esquire, Deputy Grand Master; Dr Burnet, Grand Chaplain; Brother John Farrer, esquire, Grand Treasurer; and Brother John Ellis Middleton, Grand Secretary.  
At the conclusion of the proceedings, the brethren adjourned to the large room at Brother Gleaves’, the Golden Ball Inn, Millgate, and sat down to a sumptuous entertainment provided by the worthy host.  After the withdrawal of the cloth, the chair was occupied by Brother the Rev Samuel Doria, supported on his right by Brothers Booth Mason from Leamington, Francis Little from London, T H Redhead from Manchester, esquires; and on his left by Brothers the Rev T N Farthing from Denton, W H Torriano, barrister from London; John Farrer, esquires from Grove House, Pudsey, near Leeds; John Ellis Middleton, from Oldham; and Squire Auty from Bradford – and the vice-chair by Brother Hallam from London, - when the usual toasts, with the charter toast of William the 3rd, Prince of Orange – The Army and Navy – The Earl of Enniskillen, was given from the chair, all in full honours.  The healths of the Chairman, Brothers Booth Mason, Dr Burnet, Farrer, Torriano, with other toasts and sentiments, followed in rapid succession, received amidst Kentish fire and rounds of cheering.  The thanks of the brethren were recorded to the worthy host for his bountiful provision on the occasion, who returned thanks, and the proceedings were brought to a close’.

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