Ancient Order of Druids
(1781-present)

group and society

Aged 239

The Ancient Order of Druids (AOD) is a fraternal organisation founded in London, England in 1781 that still operates to this day. It is the earliest known English group to be founded based upon the iconography of the ancient druids, who were priest-like figures in Iron Age Celtic paganism. As such, the Order was an early influence upon the development of the Neo-druidic movement, however it differs from most contemporary Neo-druidic groups in that it does not hold to a Neopagan religion, and is "not a religious organisation – in fact any discussion on religion or politics is forbidden within the lodge rooms". Instead its members are expected "to preserve and practise the main principles attributed to the early Druids, particularly those of justice, benevolence and friendship."

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

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In this old King's Arms Tavern the Ancient Order of Druids was revived 28th November 1781. This commemorative plaque was placed here on the 150th anniversary by the A. O. D.

The King’s Arms, 23 Poland Street, Soho, W1, London, United Kingdom where it was