Orange Museum – Sloan’s House

Newspaper report of purchase in 1959

Newspaper report of purchase in 1959

Painting by Wendy White - Parish Art Class

Painting by Wendy White – Parish Art Class

The   house in the centre of this small terrace was once the inn of James Sloan,   one of the founder members of the Orange Order. It was at Dan Winter’s   homestead, yards from the Diamond crossroads and just outside Loughgall   village, that the Orange institution came into being after the Battle of the   Diamond in September 1795. However, it was at Sloan’s Inn that its   organisation began with James Sloan, an educated man and a former school   teacher, as its first secretary. It was here that the first Orange warrants   were signed. The 1837/38 Townland Valuation records a Sally Sloan living   here, obviously a relative of James Sloan. There was also a William Farley   mentioned at this address. Families called Bryan and Jackson lived on either   side. John Jackson, on the left, had a spirit grocers. An old sign that was   atttached to the front of his ‘pub’ in those days, showing King William on   his white horse, was reclaimed and restored. It now hangs over the fireplace,   in Loughgall District Orange Hall. By the early 1880s George Jackson, John’s   grandson and Joseph’s son, had taken over the whole row. George’s two   daughters, May and Georgina, were running a drapery business in the house to   the right in the 1920s. At some time before or during the second world war the   shops were converted into private dwellings. In the early 1960s a Mr and Mrs   Isaac Walker, at that time in their 80s, moved into one of these houses with   their daughter Mrs Vallely. It was most appropriate that they should live in   the row commemorating the forming of the Orange Order, for Mr Walker had been   a loyal member of it for over 70 years and his wife had been a founding   member of Loughgall’s Women L.O.L. No 135 in 1935. The Orange Order, who   purchased Sloan’s old home in 1959 and subsequenly the other two houses, have   been given a grant of almost £4 million from the European Union’s PEACE III   Programme to develop two interpretative centres, one of which is Sloan’s   House. The refurbishment of the existing small museum and two adjacent   dwellings will include an extension to cater for an additional museum   exhibition area. It is planned to have it operational by the summer of 2014   when the original contents of the museum including interesting items of   Orange memorabilia will be displayed.


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