Revealing the Secrets of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Odd Fellows Symbolism & Teachings
What is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows?
The Order of Odd Fellows Been Given
The Odd Fellows, those who adhere to Odd Fellowship, are an international fraternity and fraternal order. Based, like other fraternal orders, on a lodge system, Oddfellow lodges were first documented in 1730 in London, England. The first known lodge was called Loyal Aristarcus Lodge No. 9, suggesting there were earlier ones in the 18th century. Notwithstanding, convivial meetings were held "in much revelry and, often as not, the calling of the Watch to restore order." Names of several British pubs today suggest past Odd Fellows affiliations. In the mid-18th century, following the Jacobite risings, the fraternity split into the rivaling Order of Patriotic Oddfellows in southern England, favouring William III of England, and the Ancient Order of Oddfellows in northern England and Scotland, favouring the House of Stuart.