On 15 January 2022 we had a message from Ms C.S. who was trying to find out about her great grandfather:
"Hi, I believe my maternal great grandfather was a knight of the order of the Golden Horn. His name John Bowker was a tailor in the Stockton on Tees area. I was wondering if there is anywhere I could research his involvement in the Order. Thank you"
The link is to the Picture Stockton website Unknown Ceremonial Regalia – Can anyone help? | Picture Stockton Archive
We posted a reply on the Picture Stockton site:
"Some of the comments on the Picture Stockton site are indeed correct. The picture shows the gentleman in the ceremonial regalia of one of the Encampments of the Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn, and most likely No 6 Londonderry Encampment, Stockton on Tees. He is regaled as the Knight Commander (KC) wearing collar, cuffs and apron. He is also wearing the Knights Jewel on his left and Attendance Jewel with year badges on his right. The KGH, as it is known, started in 1872 as a higher order of the RAOB (The Buffs) but broke away to become an independent order, The GUOKGH, in 1926. It is nothing to do with the Masons although some members of the KGH are also masons and/or members of the RAOB. The history, locations of encampments and names of past Grand Knight Commanders are shown on our website in the "Information and History" pages." information & history - The KGH