L.O.L. 456 Known as “Murdocks Lodge”!

In my 2012 trip “back home” I amassed a large number of documents, some dating back to the late 1700s; old photographs (some still unnamed); and many photos of family headstones from a variety of cemeteries.  One of the documents I came across was a small booklet entitled “A Short History of Ballymoney Lodges L.O.L 456,954, 956” written by Roy McComb.

Ballymoney is a small town and civil parish in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland where many generations of my family where born and resided until their deaths.


“A Short History of Ballymoney Lodges L.O.L 456,954, 956” written by Roy McComb.

I had often heard the story that the Ballymoney Purple Star L.O.L 456 had so many members who were Murdocks it was locally known as “Murdocks Lodge”!  Well, now I have it in writing!

Excerpt from…….

“…During this period the lodge was led on parade by lodge drums, two of which are still in the lodges possession.  “Old Timers” talk of a drum with a brass shell but no one knows of its whereabouts now.  The Murdock Family were great 456 and Lambeg men and looked after the drums.  Bobbie Murdock (my grandfather) and his father Thomas (my great grandfather) drummed while Willie Murdock (my great uncle) fifed.  Indeed they were so familiar a sight when the lodge was on parade the lodge was known locally as “Murdocks Lodge”…

Thomas Murdock - The Sash My Great Grandfather Wore!

Thomas Murdock
The Sash My Great Grandfather Wore!

Robert Murdoch The Sash My Grandfather Wore!

Robert Murdoch
The Sash My Grandfather Wore!

Another excerpt lists Worshipful Masters for the period from 1824 to 1987 and shows that William Murdock (my great uncle) was Master of the Lodge from 1954-1955; and from 1963-1968 Robert Murdock (my grandfather) was Master.

You will notice that I have spelled my great grandfathers name as MurdocK and my grandfathers as MurdocH!  That is purposeful… my grandfather always insisted that his ancestors, who he said “hailed from Scotland”; spelled our name with an “H”!

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About CJ Murdoch

Looking For "Dead People"! My Journey Back In Time - Tracing my ancestors and researching the counties, cities and towns where they resided. Taking a “Glimpse” into their lives and stories and the times in which they lived; all in an effort to learn about their “Dash”! “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the second with tears, but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” I have always been interested in researching my family tree and “hanging out” in cemeteries. Like most of us... I didn't ask enough questions when elderly family were still living. Oh, what I would give for 24 hours and a camera with my ancestors… just to sit and listen! I'm researching many family lines, including: Murdoch, Wilson, Berry, Love, Scott, Beattie/Beatty, Hendren, Sweeney, Robinson and Elvin; just to name a few. My families are predominantly from counties Antrim, Donegal and Londonderry. However, it seems that many of them, both maternal and paternal lines, originally hailed from Co. Donegal. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now live in Ottawa, Canada, making frequent trips back home to visit with my family. Of course those visits also include treks to the many burial grounds of my ancestors. My most recent trip back home was during the summer of 2019! Looking forward to August of 2020 when I will return. If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!
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