In the News Letter (Oct 11) Bro Lewis Singleton, Assistant Grand Master, Past District Master Markethill District L.O.L. No. 10 of Armagh County Grand Orange Lodge and Secretary of Mullabrack Hearts of Steel Temperance L.O.L. No 1406, reported in his tribute to the late Bro Drew Nelson that:
“The visit of Prince Charles was in many ways the culmination of everything Drew had done. Prince Charles would not have been at Sloan’s House, in fact there would not have been a Sloan’s House, only for Drew Nelson.
History tells us, the late James Sloan was living in Sloan’s House, Loughgall on 21 September 1795, where the first Orange Warrants were written and signed by James Sloan, following the Battle of The Diamond.
James Sloan’s descendants lived there until the Jackson family purchased the property.
The local Armagh newspaper dated 16 July 1937 shows a photograph of gentlemen standing in front of Sloan’s House when “a Tablet was unveiled to mark the birthplace of the Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland”.
Armagh County Grand Orange Lodge purchased the property from the Jackson Family in 1959. Renovations and alterations took place and the property was developed into 2 dwelling houses, with the Museum room between. The Museum was officially opened on 12 July 1961.
I have no need to remind readers that the only history attached to Schomberg House is – it was previously the offices of Castlereagh Council.
Olive Whitten, Loughgall