The Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn (GUOKGH)
, known as the Knights of the Golden Horn, or KGH, is an independent and sovereign fraternal and philanthropic order.
The KGH was founded in 1872 as a higher order within the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) before breaking away in 1926 since which time you no longer have to be a member of the RAOB to join us. We are proud of our history and we welcome those who share our values as a fraternal order., subject to being loyal to the crown and constitution, and a promise of obedience to our Rules.
To read more about our origins and history see our Information & History
Information about joining the GUOKGH and downloadable forms can be found on the Downloads Page
The Order is under the governance of the Grand Encampment of England which is headed by the Grand Knight Commander (GKC). For 2023-24 our Most Worthy GKC is SKC Neville Dart whose "mother encampment" is No 24 Whitworth Encampment, Spennymoor. ( Pictured )
The GKC is assisted by 15 elected officers who are listed on our "Grand Camp Officers
The Grand Executive is made up of ten of the 15 Grand Camp Officers and meets once a month to provide day-to-day oversight and management of the Order. District Camps are made up of delegates from their local camps and they meet monthly to address local matters and recommend actions to be taken by the Grand Executive or by Grand Camp.
Previously the KGH was comprised of up to 88 locally based encampments, today there are eleven "Camps", located throughout England. To find our locations see:Where To Find Us Page.
Members of the Order, called comrades, meet at their "mother encampments" which today are grouped into four districts: Mid Durham, Teesside, Wearside and Wessex. The 11 minor camps are located from Sunderland to Sutton and from Chippenham and to Sheerness. We hope to open new encampments this year!
Comrades move through six stages, or degrees of membership with progression based on time served and work done within the Order. Each stage is marked by the award of a jewel or collarette. More information is available at our page Degrees, Jewels and Collarettes.
Comrades undertake to support the King and constitution and to offer charitable assistance where needed. Our motto is Pro Rege, Lege et Grege
which translates as "For The King, The Law and The People".