Bi-Centenary of the Death of James Orr- The Bard of Ballycarry.

Bi-Centenary of Death of James Orr- The Bard of Ballycarry ( Larne Times ).

Bi-Centenary of Death of James Orr- The Bard of Ballycarry ( Larne Times ).

On the 200th anniversary of Orr’s death, a gathering at the Templecorran Cemetery monument to the Weaver Poet was heralded by the skirl of the pipes on Sunday afternoon, and several of his poems were read as part of the proceedings.

Some of the Masonic Symbolism on the Orr Memorial.

Some of the Masonic Symbolism on the Orr Memorial.

Local historian Dr. David Hume told those present that Orr had been foremost of the Ulster Weaver poets and the Robert Burns of Ulster. He said that the Bard of Ballycarry had been ‘a people’s poet’ who wrote for and about his local community as well as wider themes.

Some of Orr's Published Poetry.

Some of Orr’s Published Poetry.

Poems by Orr were read by Hazel Robertson of Ballycarry Community Association and Billy Thompson, representing the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim. The event marked the 200th anniversary of the death of the weaver poet, which took place on April 24, 1816. We are grateful to the Larne Times for recording this event and we will be putting up an article on Orr and his Poetry very shortly.

Details from the Orr Memorial.

Details from the Orr Memorial.

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Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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