An interesting enquiry here from old friend of the blog Bruce Littley who’s got an interesting, possibly local artefact from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, of Buffs for short.
The Buffs (who are still a fine and popular organisation) are a friendship and charitable organisation, often considered to be the working class Freemasons. Although not as populous as they once were, they shared a benevolent, positive community passion with organisations like Rotoract and the Round Round Table.
Bruce has a badge, pictured above, from what he thinks may be a local Lodge, and wonders if any readers can shed light upon it?
This may be an unusual one, but I am optimistic.
I have in my collection, a badge, which I believe would have been worn on part of the regalia of a member of an RAOB (Buffaloes, Buffs) Lodge.
It has in its centre a photographic image of a man. The Lodge is the “George Roberts Lodge No. 2196” I have tried to get information from the RAOB HQ at Harrogate, but received no reply.
I have asccertained that the Lodge met at the Station Hotel, from at least 1931, and changed to the Hussey Arms Hotel in 1981, meeting on Tuesdays.
I do not know if it is still extant. I have not been able to find other information, and then thought could he have been one of your ancestors?
Bruce feels the George Roberts in question may be a relative of William Roberts, Brownhills Victorian brewer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mischief-maker, and thinks there may be a likeness in the photos, which maybe coincides with the Buffs locally meeting at the Station Hotel as he notes.
William was a member of the Buffaloes, as his obituary linked above noted.
However, I was not aware of any relatives of William surviving him.
So what can readers add? If you have a view, please share it: Either comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or hit me up on social media.
Thanks to Bruce for sharing a lovely thing, and for creating a great Bank Holiday Weekend talking point!
William Roberts had a brother named George and he had a son named George. According to press and probate calendar, Goerge, nephew, of Ivydene, Pelsall Road, died suddenly at the Brewery Offices on 26 Jan 1910, aged 44 years. His estate amounted to £118,000-odd. All was left to his widow, Clara Elizabeth (Mills).
I have a large framed embroided Buffalo coat of arms
This was done by a distant relative of mine after coming home injured from the First World War.
The embroidery is of a excellent standard & has been kept in excellent conditions.
It may be of interest to historians in this field.
Anyone needing further information or in purchasing this item can pls contact me by email.
I can provide a photograph of this item.