The Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn (GUOKGH), known as the Knights of the Golden Horn, or KGH, is a 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 1888. To read more about our origins and history see our Information & History
The Order is under the governance of the Grand Encampment of England which is headed by the Grand Knight Commander (GKC). For 2022-23 our Most Worthy GKC is KOS Stephen Preston whose "mother encampment" is No 147 Erimus Encampment, Middlesbrough. 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 some 100 locally based encampments, today there are eleven "Camps", located throughout England. The KGH is entering a period of regeneration and rebuilding with the aim of re-expansion. With this in mind, a new encampment was opened on 9 September 2022 in Sutton, Surrey. Details can be found on our 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 King, Law and People". Pictured: (1) KOS Stephen Preston, MW Grand Knight Commander of the GUOKGH.
(2) Presenting AKC Barrie Cooper with the Certificate of the Order of Merit of the GUOKGH.