Sunday, 22 January 2012

Through The Years - Lambeg Drums in Ards 1

Newtownards Co. Down, would not be the 'hotbed' of Lambeg Drumming in Ulster, that said there has been a Lambeg Drumming tradition for many generations.

Most Orange Lodges at one time took lambeg drums on the 'Twelfth Day' however as the years passed, bands of one description or another comes along, pipe bands, brass bands, accordion bands and flute bands which inevitably pushed the drums out.

Now this is story could be true of most towns and villages, nevertheless there are those who keep the tradition alive - one such Orange Lodge is Rising Sons Of William LOL 240, now only 2 drums remain in the North Down 12th.

Here are a few photos from the archives, that I have selected from 'by gone days of yore' and one photo taken at the Holywood 12th in 2011.


1 comment:

  1. I came upon your name in relation to the Loughries Historical Society and would like to email you a few questions I have regarding my family. I am from the states and my maiden name was Ellen Ladd Wallace.My father was William Bruce Wallace. I have extensive ancestor records and know that my great great grandfather was Reverend Henry Wallace ( 1801- 1887). He was a Prof of Christian Ethics at Presbyterian College , Belfast from 1867-1887. I visited his grave site in Derry 15 years ago and now my sister is going to Ireland this summer. She wants to learn as much as she can about our relatives. I know that he was born in Loughries , Newtonards Co Down. And from a 1951 letter to my father I know that in this area are still families with the name of Wallace. I believe his father was William Wallace but I don't know much else about William. Henry was married to Mary H K Simpson whose father was Rev Henry Simpson. Henry Simpson was married to a Sarah Kennedy of Saintfield Co Down. I think we are Scottish Irish in that Rev Henry Wallace's, son, William Wallace.MD, who was born in Cork in 1835 was sent to a Scottish boarding school (Rothesay) and also went to medical school in Edinburgh. I would like any information about Wallace, Simpson or Kennedy families in the area.Do you have any ideas whom I should contact? my email is