Boyne Water: Commemorating Scotland 1821 – 1919 by Gordon McCracken

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This book examines the parading traditions of the Orange Order in Scotland during the period from 1821, when the first Twelfth of July procession was staged in Glasgow, through until the end of the Great War, during which the parading tradition was suspended. It examines the turbulent period that led to an almost blanket ban in the 1860s, and the continued hostilty faced by the Orange Order after regular processions were permitted to resume in the 1870s.

Whether one agrees or not with the position the Orange Order adopts in regard to aspects of the teachings of Roman Catholicism, and its perception of that Church’s approach to political affairs, is for the individual reader to determine as s/he sees fit; but this book is written in the interests of greater UNDERSTANDING and indeed of TOLERATION, the latter of which Dictionary.com describes as “An act or instance of tolerating, especially of what is not actually approved.”

As well as encouraging greater toleration, the author purposes to demonstrate that the Sectarianism often said to blight modern Scotland is marginal compared to its past, but often hidden, experience; but also to affirm the importance of the right to freedom of expression which has been seriously, albeit temporarily, restricted during the Covid-19 crisis.

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