RBP No. 511 – Killyman Temperance

The warrant for RBP No.511 was issued to the then Rector of Killyman Parish Church, Rev. Edward F. Campbell, on 6th June 1890.  Sir Knight Rev. Campbell, the first WM of No. 511, was also instrumental in founding the Lord Enniskillen Orphan Fund, a fund which to this day does much valuable work towards the welfare of widows and orphans of members of this institution.

The First Registrar was Sir Knight Douglas Greeves of Grange, an office which he held for 60 years until his death in 1950.  Sir Knight Greeves was also WDM of Killyman District Royal Black Chapter and a Deputy Grand Master of I.G.B.C. Tragically, RBP No. 551 suffered the loss of his grandson, Sir Knight Eric Greeves, who was murdered by terrorists as he left his work on 15th December 1972.

The preceptory marked its centenary on 6th June 1990 by having an Encampment in the Cushnie Room at the headquarters of the Black Institution, Brownlow House.  This was followed by dinner in the Banqueting Hall.  This was attended by the SGM Sir Knight James H. Molyneaux and other Sir Knights from Imperial and County and District Chapters.

The first banner was unfurled at Derrygalley in 1895.  It was replaced in 1955 by a banner that was unfurled at Killyman Parish Church by the last surviving founding member, Sir Knight John Gallagher.

On Wednesday 24th August 1977 the unfurling of a new banner for Killyman Temperance R.B.P. No. 511’s took place.  The ceremony was held at Killyman Parish Church at 7.30pm. The W.D.M. Sir Knight I.M. Symington occupied the chair and during the ceremony Miss Suzanne Mullan presented the scissors to Mrs. Wilson, wife of the W.M. Sir Knight Thomas Wilson, who then cut the tapes to unfurl the banner. The act of dedication was carried out by Sir Knight Canon D.W. Griffith M.A. The banner was painted by T.A. Strain of Omagh.  One side of the banner shows Moses as he approaches the burning bush.  The other side shows the arch from King Solomon’s temple bearing an inscription reading Holiness unto the Lord. Within the arch is painted a Red Cross and underneath an inscription reads in hoc signo vinces, which means Under this sign (Cross of God) thou shalt conquer.

The preceptory has been honoured to enjoy the faithful service of Newmills Silver Band over many years.  The preceptory has always been thankful for their association with the band, due their high standard of musical ability and their immaculate deportment.

The preceptory continues to meet in Killyman Orange Hall on the third Friday of January, April, August and October.