International Grand Lodge of   Druidism 

The long reign of George III is  notable for many important events of vital interest to our country, and  it is more particularly interesting to the members of our fraternity, as  the present Order was revived during his sovereignty, in the year 1781.

One of the principle causes that might be attributed to its inception was the unsatisfactory condition of society at that period. It was an age of persecution and  intolerance. Political and religious controversies were rampant, whilst  the revolution in France created unrest and suspicion in English social circles.

(Source: C. Beale, P.G.A. AOD UK, 1907

The  bar-parlour of an inn was the customary meeting place for social  intercourse, and the rancorous spirit of the times too often disturbed  the peace and pleasure of those assembled. To avoid unpleasant scenes,  men of respectability sought a way out of it by forming themselves into  private societies, designated by various names, so that they might meet, amid pleasant and peaceful surroundings, for social intercourse.

In 1781, in London a party of gentlemen, after much deliberation,  resolved, upon the suggestion of one of them  named Hurle, to found a  society on those lines. Mr. Hurle who was a man of high intellectual  attainments, in the interim of their meetings, quite accidentally  discovered a work on Druidic history. It fascinated him. At the next  meeting he suggested to his friends, that the name of the proposed society  should be the Ancient Order of Druids (AOD).


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Charles J. Fox: 1783 member AOD UK

Pictures on the right side:
a) H. Hurle family emblem
b) London, Poland Street:
“The Kings Arms” plus Plaque

Old Kings Arms, London
Plaque on Kings Arms