The Orange Order is the largest Protestant organisation in Northern Ireland with at least 75,000 members, some of them in the Republic of Ireland and in Scotland. Its origins date from the seventeenth century battle for supremacy between Protestantism and Catholicism. William of Orange (William the Conqueror), originally of the Netherlands, led the fight against Catholic King James. He took the throne in England and his final victory over James at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland 1690 sealed the religion's supremacy in the British Isles.
Contrary to what most of Scandinavian media would lead you to believe; the Order is peaceful, and most of its members are neither extremists nor violent. Great traditionalists - yes indeed!
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