Primrose League


In 1883, a group of English blue-bloods--including Randolf Churchill and quite a few Knights of the British Empire--decided to found a conservative fraternal order. They called it the Primrose League after what was allegedly the favorite flower of Benjamin Disraeli, former PM.  It appears that they followed the practices of all the other fraternal orders that came into being around that time. No doubt there was a heavy Masonic influence. You can bet there were quite a few Masons among them.  Like all fraternal bodies, they quickly discovered how much fun it was to award medals and honors to each other.  The crest is composed of a crown, banner, flowers, and the order's monogram, a capital letter P merged with the letter L.





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