Warrant No. 111 was first issued shortly after the formation of the Orange Institution in 1795 to a lodge in the Lisburn area.
The “Apprentice Boys” were one of the strongest lodges in the nineteenth century. Formed in the 1840s, one of its leading members was Viscount Castlereagh.
The origin of LOL 240 in Newtownards is shrouded in a small mystery that has not been explained to this day.
The oldest lodge in No. 4 District possibly dating back to 1797 formerly met in James Frances’ Inn in Great Frances Street.
Boyne LOL 1054 was formed some time during the 1820s. By 1831 when No 4 District Lodge (Ards) was formed the first District Master was James Boal of LOL 1054.
This lodge was formed in the 1830s but then disappeared during the 1850s, to be reformed in 1863 with Henry Shaw as its Worshipful Master.
Friday 27th January 2017 saw the newest lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland formed as LOL 1521 became a member of Newtownards District.
Mill Street Heroes was originally formed in 1869 in No. 11 District. It has close associations with the Mill Street area of the town formerly sitting in Matilda Gill’s public house in the street.
The lodge was formed in 1869 in No. 11 District as an off-shoot of LOL 111. In previous years the “Scarlet Crown” played a prominent role in local unionist politics and at one stage had five Unionist MPs as members.
Formed in 1869 “Loughries True Blues” used to meet in the Greenwell Street area in a Bro. Graham’s house. James George was its first warrant holder.
Newtownards Ex-Servicemen LOL 1952 was formed on Monday 9th August 1948. The ceremony was conducted by Bro James Smyth, Worshipful Master of Newtownards District LOL No.4.
LOL 1973 were formed in the town land of Craigantlet in 1952, as an offshoot from another nearby Lodge in Ballykeel.