Odd Fellows

Odd Fellows is a name broadly referring to any of a large number of friendly societies, fraternal and service organizations and/or Lodges.

Societies using the name "Odd Fellows" or variations

  • Oddfellows - A British friendly society with origins in the 18th century which has spawned:
    • 1730: The earliest surviving rules of an Oddfellows Lodge - the Loyal Aristarcus Lodge in London
    • mid-18th century: The Order of Patriotic Oddfellows
    • mid-18th century: The Ancient Order of Oddfellows
    • 1789: The Grand United Order of Oddfellows[1][2]
    • 1810: The Manchester Unity of Oddfellows[3]
    • 1810: Nottingham Ancient Imperial Order of Oddfellows[4]
    • 1820: Improved Independent Order of Oddfellows (South London)[4]
    • 1827: The Caledonian Lodge of Oddfellows,[5] based in Newburgh fife, is the only Lodge of Oddfellows left in Scotland
    • 1832: The Ancient & Noble (Bolton Unity) split from the Grand United Order in 1832. (It was subsequently dissolved in 1962.)
    • 1832: Ancient National Order of Oddfellows (Bolton)[4]
    • 1832: The Nottingham Odd Fellows split from the Manchester Unity, also in 1832.
    • 1834: Leeds United Order of Oddfellows[4]
    • 1840: Independent Order of Oddfellows (Kingston)[4]
    • 1845: National Independent Order of Oddfellows[4]
    • 1849: Independent Order of Oddfellows (Norfolk & Norwich Unity)[4]
    • 1850: Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity Friendly Society[3]
    • 1853: Improved Independent Order of Oddfellows (London)[4]
    • 1858: Free & Independent Order of Oddfellows[4]
    • 1861: Ancient Independent Order of Oddfellows (Kent)[4]
    • 1867: British United Order of Oddfellows[4]
    • 1883: The Scottish Order of Oddfellows[5][6]
    • 1900: The National Independent Order of Oddfellows[6][7]
    • 1910: The Caledonian Order of United Oddfellows[5][6]
  • Other British Orders of Oddfellows:
    • The Union of United Orders of Oddfellows
    • The Loyal Order of Oddfellows
    • The Ancient and Noble Order of United Oddfellows[5][6]
    • The Independent Order of Oddfellows Bolton Unity Friendly Society[5][6]
    • The Independent Order of Oddfellows Kingston Unity Friendly Society[5][6]
  • American Odd Fellowship is regarded as being founded in Baltimore in 1819, by Thomas Wildey.
    • The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)[8] formed in 1819 and affiliated with the Manchester Unity in 1820. They separated from the British Order in the mid-1830s.
    • The American Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (GUOOF) formed in 1843,[2] affiliating itself with the British Manchester Unity rather than the American IOOF
  • Oddfellowship has spread around the world. Two examples:
    • In Australia, Lodges formed for:
      • The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)
      • The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (GUOOF)
      • The Manchester Unity Order of Odd Fellows (MUOOF)
    • The IOOF has lodges in at least 29 countries (Examples)

Notes

  1. ^ The Grand United Order of Oddfellows are now more commonly referred to as "The Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society" (GUOOFS) - http://www.guoofs.com
  2. ^ a b The Grand United Order of Oddfellows, established in England in 1789, should not be confused with the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, established in the USA in 1843.
  3. ^ a b The Manchester Unity of Oddfellows is also known as The Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity Friendly Society - http://www.oddfellows.co.uk
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Friendly Society Movement" JF Wilkinson, Longmans, 1891. Extracts at: http://www.fraternalsecrets.org
  5. ^ a b c d e f The History of the Oddfellows in Scotland, rls.org.uk
  6. ^ a b c d e f Friendly Societies: Oddfellows Orders in Scotland historyshelf.org
  7. ^ Friendly Societies: The Oddfellows historyshelf.org
  8. ^ The (American) Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) - http://www.ioof.org

Bibliography

The origins and history of the Oddfellows are not easily verifed; some of the possible facts are mixed with unverifiable myth, legend, folklore and opinion.
The following is a far-from-exhaustive list of "histories" of Oddfellows - unfortunately, almost none of them quote their sources:


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  • Odd Fellows — (Independent Order of O. F., сокращ. I. О. О. F.) название родственного масонству благотворительного общества, получившего в середине прошлого столетия широкое развитие в Англии; девиз его Дружба, любовь и правда ; члены его подразделяются на три …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

  • Odd Fellows Hall — Odd Fellows Hall, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building, IOOF Building, Odd Fellows Lodge and variations may refer to: in Australia IOOF Building (Adelaide), South Australia in Canada IOOF Hall (Toronto), Ontario in the United Kingdom… …   Wikipedia

  • Odd Fellows Building and Auditorium — U.S. National Register of Historic Places …   Wikipedia

  • Odd Fellows Hall — bezeichnet mehrere gleichnamige, im NRHP gelistete, Objekte: Odd Fellows Hall (Idaho), ID Nr. 78001079 Odd Fellows Hall (Jones County, Iowa), ID Nr. 85001377 Odd Fellows Hall (Linn County, Iowa), ID Nr. 85003008 Odd Fellows Hall (Humboldt County …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Odd Fellows' Hall (Beverly, Massachusetts) — Odd Fellows Hall U.S. National Register of Historic Places …   Wikipedia


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