John Graham, the Rector of Tamlaghtard in Magilligan, variously described as “the best of the Orange poets” and “crazy Graham” is the only County Grand Master to live in Limavady, although he did not belong to a local Lodge, having at one time been a member of LOL 184 in Armagh. His tomb is in the Church of Ireland graveyard where he was Rector, and was paid for by public subscription after an appeal to the Orangemen and Protestants of Ireland not to allow his memory to be forgotten.

Here are just two of his many poems:

“The Orange Triumph”

Behold! My brothers, fate decrees

The Orange shall triumphant be;

Kind Providence doth interpose,

And aids to crush our rebel foes

Chorus:

Then let every loyal heart unite,

And every worthy soul invite;

While Beresford shall be our theme,

Who keeps alive the glorious flame.

For no deception here you see,

Faithful and true we’ll ever be;

Dire massacre is not our care,

The dastard foe we often spare.

Chorus

Then let every loyal heart unite,

And every worthy soul invite;

While Beresford shall be our theme,

Who keeps alive the glorious flame.

Let it be told our baneful foes

The Orange only mercy shows;

Dark, vile assassins stab by night-

When rous’d in open day we fight.

Chorus

Then let every loyal heart unite,

And every worthy soul invite;

While Beresford shall be our theme,

Who keeps alive the glorious flame.

“Orangemen’s sentiments” (Air- “Auld Lang Syne”)

Come Brethren, fill your glasses high,

In concord let us join,

And drink the glorious memory

Of him who crossed the Boyne.

William! Thy name is ever dear,

Thy praises we’ll still revere,

Our father and our king!

Our king and liberty

Our constitution and our laws

Our blest religion too;

All, all unite in this great cause,

Our standard is true blue!

Then, Brethren, fill your glasses high,

In concord let us join,

And drink the glorious memory

Of him who cross’d the Boyne.

For one great cause we’ll die

Bound to defend our country’s right.

Our king and liberty

Our constitution and our laws

Our blest religion too;

All, all unite in this great cause,

Our standard is true blue!

If Irish, French, or haughty Dons

Against our king dare rise,

We’ll show them that great William’s sons

Their hellish pow’rs despise;

For William’s spirit we retain

By heaven’s devine command,

And, bound by one great sacred chain,

We’ll triumph o’er the land.

Our king and liberty

Our constitution and our laws

Our blest religion too;

All, all unite in this great cause,

Our standard is true blue!


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