King William III
Photo By Manner of Willem Wissing www.rijksmuseum.nl : Home : Info Pic) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Since Roman times, up until 1534, the church of england was under the authority of the Roman Catholic church until King Henry the VIII took over as head of the church in 1534 so that he could marry his second wife without an official annulment from the Roman Catholic church. And so the Church of England was really truly seperated and this eventually starts an entire revoluton of different religeons. Meantime, back in Ireland the native people were still following catholicism. So when English settlers arrived during the next several centuries they brought with them their "new" religeons….which created a religeous seperation between people of English descent and native irish peoples. Most Irish wanted to seperate from English rule, the difference is, that the "protestant" settlers and their desendants supported the King, who at the time was King William III of England, Ireland and Scotland, otherwise known as "William of Orange". To show thier support for their King, they formed the "Orange Brotherhood". Early on there were battles between the small groups of the Orange Brotherhood and Native Catholic groups, but as the Orange Brotherhood grew, it grew into a national organization of peace that wanted to be seperate from the Church of England and install more protestant citizens into the Catholic dominate government. Though remember Ireland was under the control of England? But the government was dominated by native Catholics, sort of leaving out the protestants….this is why there were problems between the groups. Our Ancestors from the Roe line were protestants and were staunch supporters of the Orange Brotherhood. This is due to the fact that our lines were did not originate in Ireland..but in England.