Orange and Green Conflicts


Although there were several incidents in which Kingston was a shining example of interdenominational cooperation, there were also several incidents in the 19th century between Irish nationalists and the Orange Order, for instance, the riots which followed the 1843 Orange Order 12th of July parade. In September, 1860 an Orange Order archway was constructed along the route the Prince of Wales was to take during a visit to Kingston. The Orange Order was not a legal group in Britain so the Prince, not wanting his passage under the arch to be seen as giving improper recognition to the Order, asked them to remove it from his route. The Orangemen refused to remove it, so the Prince refused to disembark at Kingston. In addition, one of the cannons used in the Siege of Derry is located in Kingston