These pages are to mark the centenary of the historic signing of Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant in 1912. During 2012 when unionism will commemorate a defining moment in its history, a history in which the Orange institution played a pivotal role, we hope to examine the response of the representatives of the Orange Order in County Armagh to Prime Minister William Gladstone's Second Home Rule Bill. This will indicate that politically the County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge in their thinking were leading the fight against the Home Rule Bill.


Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant was part of a response by Ulster Unionists to the efforts of successive Westminster governments to settle the running sore of the 'Irish Question' by giving Ireland a limited measure of local self-government known as 'Home Rule'. The first two Home Rule Bills, in 1886 and 1893, had been rejected by Parliament, following strenuous pressure from Unionists in Great Britain and Ireland.


In these pages we examine the Background to the Covenant, the Covenant Trail, Ulster Day and The Aftermath in the Introduction.


In the County Armagh section, we will examine the Events and the Aftermath within the County.


In the County Armagh Who Signed section you can find out whether your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents signed the Covenant or Declaration in County Armagh.


Finally, we have produced a video on all of the above events, which can be viewed at 1912 Video.




County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge 2008


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