Harry Goes Orange

prince harry orange sunglasses

And then he reached up to unzip his plain black hoodie:

prince harry unzips black hoodie

And then things got REAL (as in he REALLY went all in on this head-to-toe human Cheeto look because he cares about his good cause more than whether or not he looks like a Cheeto/traffic cone/love child of Ed Sheeran and a pumpkin:

prince harry orange outfit

Never change, Harry.

Prince Harry of Orange – went ORANGE! As his PHO Advisore I suggest Harry do the following:

  1. Contact Willhem-Alexander and ask to be admitted to The Swan Brethren.
  2. Ask to become an honorary citizen of Holland and Ambassador to the U.S.
  3. Review German troops standing next to Ursula Von Der Leyen and acknowledge a Sleeping Dragon has awoke.

My call to all nations to disarm was followed by a new cold war, and threat of nuclear holocaust.

I suggest Disney Pacifica be built as the Holland of the West where Prince and Princess Harry and Meghan will live – along with their children.

Reality has taken over another of my novels in regards to the challenge – to fight!

John Presco

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov responded to Elon Musk’s surreal offer to fight President Vladimir Putin in single combat over the fate of Ukraine, arguing that Musk would face swift defeat.


Ukraine first lady’s plea to the world (msn.com)

Eric Trump’s insistence that, somehow, Putin made a psychological assessment of his father and that’s why he didn’t invade Ukraine is also ripe for mockery.

(Meanwhile, John Bolton, who served as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, suggested recently on a podcast that Putin may have waited to invade Ukraine because he thought Trump would pull the United States out of NATO if he won reelection.)

Plus, consider what we already know about Russia and Trump — namely that Russia actively worked to interfere in the 2016 election to help Trump.

Europe’s Sleeping Giant Awakens – The Atlantic

‘I suggest all nations disarm and develop Psychic Warfare – that will be much cheaper! Instead of naval ships and jets buzzing each other, psychic hits can be described and bragged about. John Von John’s legion of Beautiful and Psychic Redheads – may be the top of the psychic line – and indeed, we have already psyched out the enemy. We will be called The Psychic House of Orange. The PHO.

Water Pageant - Queen Beatrix Abdication and King Willem Alexander Investiture

The Orange Lodge In Canada

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

Bilderberg & House of Orange

Posted on December 26, 2014by Royal Rosamond Press

    When I went to Santa Rosa the second time in 2000, I tried to explain Rosamond’s biography is not important as the book I was authoring on the Grail Bloodline. I told Heather and Patrice there is a good chance we are related to Denis de Rougemont ‘The Prince of European Culture’ as well as Dutch Royalty.  A look of disgust came over Patrice’s face. She had been working on their biography. They were just one step away from the Rose of the World throne. I had to be crazy! Their divine intervention was being dictated by Patrices’s mother, who became an angel after she jumped off a cliff and killed herself. She was severely mentally ill due to the abuse from her husband. Patrice had to take over the duties of a mother when she was twelve. She and her siblings had been severely scarred, but, Heather and their guiding angel was going to make everyone perfect, the way they were meant to be. No need to get into recovery and therapy. ‘The Child Savior’ was on the job. Two years later Dan Brown publishes the Da Vinci Code. Instead of finishing my book on this subject, I am in therapy dealing with the disappearance of my daughter, and the possibility Vicki Presco has lured her away from me with the promise of making her a movie star.

Now in the camp of the Destructive Un-Creative Ones, Heather and her mother got with their program, which was to destroy me an my novel. In doing this, the movie will be made, and, perhaps Heather will be in it, she playing the role of the Teen Rosamond. Seeing her niece might get famous, she had her sister try to convince me to take a blood test, to prove I was not an imposter. Linda Comstock claims a relative molester her as a child, and she does not want to happen to a precious sixteen year old. At thirty-five Linda married a wealthy retired attorney, who was seventy-five. He is the one that wanted my DNA because he knows about paternity suits.  He wanted to make sure that when I discovered the covert agenda, I wouldn’t get rid of this gang of frauds by simply denying Heather was my child. Heather heard all this PLOTTING, where I am ‘The Enemy of The Plan’. How could she love me?

Above is my kindred Bennett Rosamond who was a Grand Master of the Orange Lodge that springs from the House of Orange that Prince Bernard and his wife, Beatrix, were the head of.  Bernard is knighting is wife into the Military Order of William – of Orange – whose image is on the banner that Rosamond carried in the Orange parades.

There is a great split between the Protestants and the Catholics in my family, in my DNA, that I was born to repair.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014

The oath to be taken by the accolade to the Military Order of William states: “ I swear that I shall conduct myself as a faithful and valiant Knight, to stand ever ready to defend King and Country with my Life, and with all my Powers to always strive to be worthy of this Distinction, which the King has bestowed upon me. So help me God almighty.”

Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (Prince Bernhard Leopold Frederik Everhard Julius Coert Karel Godfried Pieter of Lippe-Biesterfeld) (Born as: Bernhard Friedrich Eberhard Leopold Julius Kurt Carl Gottfried Peter Graf von Biesterfeld; 29 June 1911 – 1 December 2004), later Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, was the husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and father of her four children, including the former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix.

Although his private life was rather controversial, he was still generally regarded as a charming and popular figure by the majority of the Dutch for his performance as a combat pilot and his activities as a liaison officer and personal aide to the Queen during World War II and for his work during post-war reconstruction.

During World War II the German-born prince was part of the London-based Allied war planning councils and saw active service as a Wing Commander (RAF) flying both fighter and bomber planes into combat. He was a Dutch General and Supreme Commander of the Dutch Armed forces, involved in negotiating the terms of surrender of the German Army in the Netherlands.

For proven bravery, leadership and loyalty during his wartime efforts he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Military William Order, the Netherlands’ oldest and highest honour. After the War he was also made Honorary Air Marshal of the RAF by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1969, Bernhard was awarded the Grand Cross (Special Class) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bernhard helped found the World Wildlife Fund (later renamed World Wide Fund for Nature), becoming its first President in 1961, and in 1970 establishing the WWF’s financial endowment “The 1001: A Nature Trust“. In 1954, he was a co-founder of the international Bilderberg Group, which has met annually since then to discuss corporate globalization and other issues concerning Europe and North America.

The Military William Order, or often named Military Order of William (Dutch: Militaire Willems-Orde, abbreviation: MWO), is the oldest and highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Order’s motto is Voor Moed, Beleid en Trouw (For BraveryLeadership and Loyalty). The chivalric order was established on 30 April 1815 by King William I and was presented for feats of excellent bravery on the battlefield and as a meritorious decoration to senior military officers. Comparable with the French Légion d’Honneur but far less awarded, the Military William Order is a chivalry order of merit open to everyone regardless of rank and nobility, and not only to Dutch military but also foreigners. To date the Order is extremely rarely awarded and only for excellent bravery in battle.

In the spring of 1940 it was decided that civilians would receive the Military Order of William for heroic acts in the resistance. After the liberation of the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies, several men and one woman from the resistance were awarded the Military Order of William.



The original conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg in OosterbeekNetherlands, from 29 to 31 May 1954. It was initiated by several people, including Polish politician-in-exile Józef Retinger, concerned about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, who proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting Atlanticism – better understanding between the cultures of the United States and Western Europe to foster cooperation on political, economic and defense issues.[4]

Retinger approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands who agreed to promote the idea, together with former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Van Zeeland, and the head of Unilever at that time, Dutchman Paul Rijkens. Bernhard in turn contacted Walter Bedell Smith, then head of the CIA, who asked Eisenhower adviser Charles Douglas Jackson to deal with the suggestion.[5] The guest list was to be drawn up by inviting two attendees from each nation, one of each to represent conservative and liberal points of view.[4] Fifty delegates from 11 countries in Western Europe attended the first conference, along with 11 Americans.[6]


For over half a century, no agenda or discussion topics became public nor is any press coverage allowed. The few invited fourth estate attendees and their bosses are sworn to secrecy. Nonetheless, Estulin undertook “an investigative journey” that became his life’s work. He states:

“Slowly, one by one, I have penetrated the layers of secrecy surrounding the Bilderberg Group, but I could not have done this withot help of ‘conscientious objectors’ from inside, as well as outside, the Group’s membership.” As a result, he keeps their names confidential.

Whatever its early mission, the Group is now “a shadow world government….threaten(ing) to take away our right to direct our own destinies (by creating) a disturbing reality” very much harming the public’s welfare. In short, Bilderbergers want to supplant individual nation-state sovereignty with an all-powerful global government, corporate controlled, and check-mated by militarized enforcement.

“Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, markets, and Europe (and America) say what they never dare say in public.”

Early in its history, Bilderbergers decided “to create an ‘Aristocracy of purpose’ between Europe and the United States (to reach consensus to rule the world on matters of) policy, economics, and (overall) strategy.” NATO was essential for their plans – to ensure “perpetual war (and) nuclear blackmail” to be used as necessary. Then proceed to loot the planet, achieve fabulous wealth and power, and crush all challengers to keep it.

Along with military dominance, controlling the world’s money is crucial for with it comes absolute control as the powerful 19th century Rothschild family understood. As the patriarch Amschel Rothschild once said: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.”

Bilderbergers comprise the world’s most exclusive club. No one buys their way in. Only the Group’s Steering Committee decides whom to invite, and in all cases participants are adherents to One World Order governance run by top power elites.

According to Steering Committee rules:

“the invited guests must come alone; no wives, girlfriends, husbands or boyfriends. Personal assistants (meaning security, bodyguards, CIA or other secret service protectors) cannot attend the conference and must eat in a separate hall. (Also) The guests are explicitly forbidden from giving interviews to journalists” or divulge anything that goes on in meetings.

Host governments provide overall security to keep away outsiders. One-third of attendees are political figures. The others are from industry, finance, academia, labor and communications.

Meeting procedure is by Chatham House Rules letting attendees freely express their views in a relaxed atmosphere knowing nothing said will be quoted or revealed to the public. Meetings “are always frank, but do not always conclude with consensus.”

Membership consists of annual attendees (around 80 of the world’s most powerful) and others only invited occasionally because of their knowledge or involvement in relevant topics. Those most valued are asked back, and some first-timers are chosen for their possible later usefulness.

Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, for example, who attended in 1991. “There, David Rockefeller told (him) why the North American Free Trade Agreement….was a Bilderberg priority and that the group needed him to support it. The next year, Clinton was elected president,” and on January 1, 1994 NAFTA took effect. Numerous other examples are similar, including who gets chosen for powerful government, military and other key positions.

Protesters blocked two freeways in Berkeley where I demonstrated against the closure of People’s Park. With the disclosure of the torture we employed, one could say the 60s are back for a new generation that is showing courage. Our police and soldiers have been employed by the political religious-right who are conducting cultural warfare.

Victoria Bond’s Orange Parade

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

When I wrote the following I was composing Victoria Bond’s Orange Parade. The Orangeman played a big role in the foundation of Canada as a Country. I compose via VISIONS. I make a movie of what I am going to put down on paper – first! I can see into the future this way. I worry everyday about My Doubters and My Distractors, who only want me to BE INSANE. This is – what they do! They do nothing else. They are not creative souls. They go after CREATVITY.

Before the computer and the internet, writers presented a finished product to the public and the critics. The publisher’s editor has done his job. He wants The Book to be judged a good, sound, and sane book. For me to talk about dying and coming back to life, assigns everything I author to the Funny Farm File. Sure my muse will be afraid, never more so when it appears – I can see the future! No one saw the President going after Canada! No one saw Erdogan calling for a Holy War against Austria.

When I call Lara Roozemond ‘My Wing’ I am saying she is my winged muse. These are sketches for my story. These are my notes. President Trump is now called a ‘Peacemaker’. But, he goes after the Canadian People promising to make them suffer. Who saw this coming? I am not strictly a reporter for my newspaper. Am I a Nostradamus? Is there any title I can apply that will make me appear – SANER?

Lara drives me insane. Why should I give that up? Why should I look for a woman who does not drive me insane? Poets are supposed to be insane. I have poems hidden in half my posts. Lara’s poems are mind-bombs that explode inside my being. Does she have a muse? All those toy soldiers that Kim Jong Un owns. A woman wearing a man’s hat.

Roozemond goes to the mirror to check in on her madness. She is The Trojan Epic. The Trojan Horse is pulled along, in our human parade. Enemies within. Enemies, without. Beauty with a pen. Can there be any doubt?


Virgil is traditionally ranked as one of Rome’s greatest poets. His Aeneid has been considered the national epic of ancient Rome since the time of its composition. Modeled after Homer‘s Iliad and Odyssey, the Aeneid follows the Trojan refugee Aeneas as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and reach Italy, where his descendants Romulus and Remus were to found the city of Rome. Virgil’s work has had wide and deep influence on Western literature, most notably Dante‘s Divine Comedy, in which Virgil appears as Dante’s guide through Hell and Purgatory.[4]

Mad Girl’s Love Song

By Sylvia Plath

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). She committed suicide in 1963.

Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, and The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems.


“There will be trouble!”

“What kind of trouble? There’s always trouble. I’m not giving up my pipes – mon! That would be like me, asking you, to give up your nuts. Coo’mon! Drop em!”


The Peacemaker’s Parade

Posted on April 28, 2018by Royal Rosamond Press

When the Guild of Basle were formed, they had a problem placing the Linen Weavers, so they put them in the same Guild House, with………..The Vine Dressers! When you consider Jesus was wrapped in linen cloth, and he gave a lesson about a Landlord and The Vine, one has to wonder if the Whole Lesson was given, or, is it about to arrive?

Sometimes I try to be wise and outsmart myself, by telling myself what was told to me. But, I died, and I saw the Kingdom, and the one who tends to it, with one foot on the sand, and the other, in the sea. I will own very little credibility in this lifetime. How about in the place I went to……….for a little while!

Here is the wappen-board of the Guild my ancestors belonged to. I thought I could remain, obscure, even invisible, but my Lara, My Wing…………found me!

So, my dear muse, what parade do you wish to march in, at what great oaken table do you wish to be seated, for he said;

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth!

You can only march for Peace, when you are alive! The Dead have their reward. Or, so they say.




Victoria’s Orange Parade

Posted on April 19, 2018by Royal Rosamond Press

Being  part Dutch, and able to trace her lineage to William The Silent, got Victoria Bond an invite to march in the Orange Parade. But, when she insisted she play her ‘Contraption’, some of the most diplomatic folks of the Isles slithered up to her, and, as calm as can be, tried to talk her out of it.

“There will be trouble!”

“What kind of trouble? There’s always trouble. I’m not giving up my pipes – mon! That would be like me, asking you, to give up your nuts. Coo’mon! Drop em!”

Jon Presco

Copyright 2018

I wanted to name Kate and William’s first son, Arthur, an honor that goes to their second son. I approve.

Do not forsake the Kurds. They are of the first church called ‘The Way’. Why do I care? After my life was restored to me in 1967, I looked for humble and small things to do. I lived on a houseboat amongst old frieghters, and was happy to be like my old hero, Gully Jimson. I made model sailboats, and sailed them in a pond. I had no life, and didn’t want one. Then, in 1992, my therapist dismissed me for refusing to do a simple genealogy, so she could follow…………who I am.

“What does it matter?”

Four years later, I asked;

“What is in a name?”

Rougemont Templars Kin To Queen

Posted on July 19, 2016by Royal Rosamond Press


Here is the genealogical link of the Rougemont Knight Templars to Queen Elizabeth, her children, and grandchildren. It appears these Templars are kin to Ponce de Leon who came to the Americas. Margarita de Castro e Souza descends from Sephardic Jews that can trace their lineage to King David.

Alexandre, and Francois de Rougemont are buried with Knight Templars as Til-Chatel. Gui 1er de Rougemont married Etinnette de Ruffey. Here are the Seigneur de Til-Chatel. Guy 2 de Rougemont Thibaut V de Rougemont 1306-1333 Guillaume de Rougemont Humbert de Rougemont married Alix Neufchatel Aymon 2 (Aimon) de Rougemont married Guillemette de Ray daughter of Othon de La Roche, owner of the Shroud of Turin. Thibaut V1 de Rougemont father of Catherine de Rougemont who married Jean de Neufchatel the son of Margarita de Castro e Souza from who the Windsors descend.

We have been lulled to sleep by a Parade of Fools. We have made grave mistakes. We allowed Sinclair Pretenders to scribble all over our chalk board. Stupid Roman Pigs are on the march. Trump and Brexit spell doom for Western Civilization. Denis de Rougemont, a Father of the European Union, and the Windsor, are close kin. It’s time to take back our world!  The Knight Templars are reborn this day!

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

Copyright 2016

Thiebaut VI, Seigneur de Rougemont, Tilchate, Ruffey sur l’Ognon, & Augey
ChildCatherine de Rougemont1

Marguerite (Margarida) de Castro1,2

F, #55527, d. between December 1475 and 19 November 1479

FatherFernando de Castro, 1st Senor do Paul do Boquilobo & d’Anca1 b. c 1385, d. 1441
MotherMecia de Sousa1
Charts14 Generation Pedigree of George III, King of Great Britain & Ireland
14 Generation Pedigree of Friedrich Wilhelm III, King of Prussia (#1)
14 Generation Pedigree of Friedrich Wilhelm III, King of Prussia (#2)

     Marguerite (Margarida) de Castro married Jean II de Neufchatel, Seigneur de Montaigu, Reynel, d’Amance, & Marnay, son of Thiebaut VIII, Seigneur de Neufchatel, Blamont, Clemont, & Pesmes and Agnes de Montfaucon, on 20 November 1437 at Hesdin.1,2 Marguerite (Margarida) de Castro died between December 1475 and 19 November 1479.1

FamilyJean II de Neufchatel, Seigneur de Montaigu, Reynel, d’Amance, & Marnay b. c 1428, d. Sep 1489
ChildrenIsabeau de Neufchatel+3Sir Philippe de Neufchatel, Vicomte de Lunel, Seigneur de Fontenoy, d’Amance, de Fondremans, & de Bouclans3 b. c 1438, d. bt 26 Mar 1488 – 20 Sep 1488Jeanne de Neufchatel+1 b. c 1450, d. 22 Apr 1475Sir Fernando de Neufchatel, Seigneur de Marnay, Montaigu, Reynel, d’Amance, & Bouclans+3 b. c 1452, d. Mar 1522Sir Jean III de Neufchatel, Seigneur de St. Aubin, Reynel, Morancourt, & Mathons3 b. b Dec 1458, d. 1510Avoye de Neufchatel+3 b. c 1465, d. 1493


The Stuttmeister Tomb in Berlin

Posted on March 6, 2012by Royal Rosamond Press

A Seer told me in 1987: “You own your own creation – you died!”

What she meant, is, I beheld my conception by my parents, before I went to heaven and saw God.

My parents were playing cards in the sand, naked. I walked up to them as a child of three, looked down at the cards that were all face cards, and they were talking to me in foreign languages. They were my kindred, who were very distressed because they had been silenced in their lifetime. They were Evangelicals (father)and Huguenots (mother) They are buried next to one another in Berlin. Here lies the roses amongst the thorns. I part the veil,
and I behold the Lost Kingdom – and I give a command

“Arise from thy sleep, the true church of God!”

In this video we see the Stuttmeister tomb about 15 seconds into it. This name means ‘Master of the Horse’. Consider the pale horse and rider. Here the Templars and Teutonic Knights have come to rest.

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In Matthew 27:53 we read about Jesus raising Jews from the dead, then saying; “It is done!” He did not say, it is done, and then come the earthquake. These Jewish Saints did not rise on Sunday, but went into Jerusalem Friday night just before sundown. They imparted a restored and new covenant – a Gift for the Chosen Children of God. I believe these Saints were a lineage of Nazarites from Samson and Samuel.

Gideon was a Judge who God told he had too man fighting men. I am looking for a good few men -and women!

Jon the Nazarite Judge

Matthew 27:50-54 (NIV)
(50) And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
(51) At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
(52) The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
(53) They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
(54) When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

The Dorotheenstadt cemetery, officially the “Cemetery of the Dorotheenstadt und Friedrichswerder Parishes”, is a landmarked Protestant burial ground located in the Berlin district of Mitte which dates to the late 18th century. The entrance to the 17,000 m2 plot is at 126 Chaussee Straße (next door to the Brecht House, where Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel spent their last years, at 125 Chaussee Straße). It is also directly adjacent to the French cemetery (also known as the cemetery of the Huguenots), established in 1780, and is sometimes confused with it.

In 1685, the year of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by French King Louis XIV, Elector Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg issued the Edict of Potsdam, which was essentially an invitation to Huguenots in France who were suffering in the throes of persecution to come and live in Germany in peace and safety. The invitation was a success. Thousands came. At one point, more French Huguenots lived in Berlin than Germans. To provide a place of worship for the Huguenots in Berlin, the Französischer Dom or French Huguenot Church, which I was privileged to visit in 1991, was built in the Gendarmenmarkt between 1701 and 1705, by Louis Cayart, and modelled on the main church of the Huguenots in Charenton near Paris which had been destroyed in 1688. It has a sister German Dom across the square. Thus, this year marks the 300th anniversary of this remarkable place of worship and refuge, and noble example of Franco-German architecture. The church today contains a Huguenot musuem.

History of the Huguenots
In France, the Protestant Reformation began during the 16th century. French citizens, disgruntled with the political domination of the Catholic church and desiring a more democratic religious affiliation, were greatly influenced by the writings of the German monk Martin Luther and later by the ideas of John Calvin, a French theologian.
In defiance of Catholicism and the monarchy, the French dissenters began holding meetings in secret. The exact origin of the name “Huguenot” is unknown. It appears to be a combination of the Flemish and German word. Protestants who met to study the Bible in secret were called Huis Genooten, or “house fellows.” They were also referred to as Eid Genossen, or “oath fellows” meaning persons bound by an oath.
Persecution of the Huguenots by the Catholic church was extreme and unrelenting. In 1535, an edict was published which ordered the extermination of the Protestant heretics. During the following 63 years, Huguenots were systematically tortured and executed. A group of 1500 refugees, one of whom was John Calvin, fled the persecution and established the French Protestant Church in Strasbourg.
On April 30,1598, King Henry IV of France, issued the Edict of Nantes, granting the Huguenots religious and political freedom. The edict was later revoked under the rule of King Louis XIV. Deprived of civil and religious liberty, the Huguenots began leaving France by the thousands. They settled in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Britain and the religiously tolerant new American Colonies

Orange Lodge and Swan Brethren

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

Orange Order of the Swan Brethren


OTTAWA –Political figures on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are coming to the federal government’s defence amid ongoing attacks from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken to Twitter several times over the last few days to insult Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and make threats about more tariffs.

The issue was the first topic discussed during the first question period since Trump and insiders took to social media and major American television networks to dole out public scorn at Canada.

“While Canadians stand together, President Trump stands alone. American lawmakers and U.S. allies strongly oppose Trump’s erratic behaviour against their biggest and closest friend,” said NDP House Leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau.

Posted on March 18, 2017by Royal Rosamond Press

I am found the order of the Swan Brotherhood in America. William of Orange was a member. It is going to take me five posts to get this information down.


René of Châlon, as the last descendant of the original princes, left the principality to his first cousin William of Nassau-Dillenburg (better known as “William the Silent”), who was not a descendant of the original Orange family but became the legal heir to the principality of Orange, and all of René’s lands. Thus, the principality which René had inherited from his mother was passed to his father’s brother’s son.

The principality of Orange had already passed, through the female line, from the first dynasty of Orange to the families Les Baux, and then to De Châlon.[4] It now passed to a family which was not descended in blood at all from any of the preceding families.

William added the name of Orange to his own paternal dignities and thus became in 1544 the founder of the House of Orange-Nassau.

The Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady (Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap) was a religious confraternity founded in 1318 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch to promote the veneration of the Mother of God. The brotherhood was organized around a carved wooden image of the Virgin Mary in St. John’s Cathedral in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.[1] [2] The Brotherhood had two types of members: ordinary members and sworn members, also called ‘swan-brethren’ because they used to donate a swan for the yearly banquet. Sworn members were clerics in principle; in fact they were often chosen among the nobility, the magistrates, etc. As a result, the Brotherhood also functioned as an important social network.

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De Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap is een uit 1318 daterende broederschap in de Nederlandse stad ‘s-Hertogenbosch . The Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady is one dating from 1318 fellowship in the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch .  Today, the society has become ecumenical consists of eighteen eighteen Catholic and Protestant members who all occupy a leading position in society.,The Brotherhood “is responsible for its ancient tangible and intangible cultural heritage, promotes mutual Christian solidarity and fraternal bond, and thereby always keeps an eye on the developments and problems in modern times.” [1] The society is currently located in the Zwanenbroedershuis in Den Bosch, which is also a museum

From 1384 we find swans on the table of the common meals of the sworn brothers, mostly donated by a member of the nobility.. These donors received since 1488 named Swans Brother.  Meanwhile, nobles were also members from inside and outside the city are the ever more prestigious fellowship. A short time later, the gift of a swan disconnected from the title swans brother. Officially were only four people simultaneously Swans Brother since 1520 and they had come from the city. However, this arrangement quickly diluted. Ook Willem van Oranje werd lid. Also, Willem van Oranje joined. Nowadays ‘Swans Brother’ a title which only royals eligible. Among the current members are Princess Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander . They are the only ones currently allowed to use this title.

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Bennett Rosamond Grand Master of Orange Order

Posted on April 1, 2012by Royal Rosamond Press

Above is a photograph of Bennett Rosamond the Grand Master of the Orange Order in Canada. Bennett is with members of Lodge 389 in Lanark, or, Almonte. The image on the banner is that of William of Orange who is carried in Orange Parades. That is Bennett on the far right, looking like Gandalf, or, a Levite Prophet.

According to the History of the Rosemond Family by Leland Rosemond, the Rosamond family were members of the Orange Order in Leitrim Ireland, and fled to Canada after a Rosamond son killed a Catholic lad who was invading the Rosamond home with a gang bent on doing my kindred harm.

Bennett may have been a Freemason as well – and an Oddfellow. There is a long history of the Rosamonds belonging to Guilds. They were members of the Swan Brethren.

My grandparents, Royal and Mary Magdalene Rosamond, begat my mother, Rosemary Rosamond, and her sisters, Lilian, Bonnie, and June Rice.

Jon Presco

Almonte’s Oldest Citizen Goes To His Reward
From the Almonte Gazette
A week or two ago we announced the illness of James Rosamond, Sr., little expecting we would so soon be called upon to chronicle the news of his death which took place on Wednesday morning. The old gentleman attended the Orange gathering here on the 12th July and owing to the dampness of the day contracted a cold which was followed by an attack of bronchitis and other troubles and after the wear of so many years his constitution had not the vitality to withstand the attack of the disease and shortly after midnight the end came calmly and peacefully.

Mr. Rosamond was born near Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland on the 14th Feb., 1805. His parents were Bennett and Fanny Rosamond and his father followed the three fold occupation of reed maker and linen weaver and farmer. The subject of this sketch came to Canada in 1827 with his brother. The latter died at Prescott seven or eight years ago. For about two years after coming to Canada, Mr. Rosamond lived at Ogdensburg, New York where he learned the distillery business. In 1830 he removed from New York to Carleton Place. In 1831 he was married to Margaret Wilson of Ramsay, a lady who although of naturally an amiable and retiring disposition, has proved a faithful wife and helpmate for one who has led such an active life as her husband. Some years ago Mrs. Rosamond met with an accident from which she suffered considerably for some time and which prevented her from going out much among her friends but she is still hale and hearty although beyond the allotted three score and ten years. Their marriage has been blessed with seven children, four of whom survive namely Bennett, Mary Ann (Mrs. A. Bell), William (of Cobourg), James and Rosaline (Mrs. De Hurd).

After coming to Carleton Place, Mr. Rosamond was engaged in the distilling business for about three years and then went into the sawmill and gristmill business in partnership with John McEwen. Their mill was the only one in this section of the country at that time. This partnership lasted for four years when it was dissolved and a new one formed with Messrs. R. Bell and Company. The new firm determined to extend their business and had a carding and cloth – dressmaking establishment also the only one in this part of the province. The firm rented the mills in Carleton Place from Mr. Bolton for 16 or 17 years and continued for that time in business in that village, which was then known as “Morphy’s Falls”. In the course of time Mr. Rosamond went into the spinning, weaving and manufacturing of such goods as satinettes, etoffes, etc. These enterprising early manufacturers kept constantly adding to their machinery and increasing their business and towards the close of their lease wanted to buy or rent the water power but the owner Mr. McLaren of Beckwith would do neither. Just then an employee of Mr. Rosamond came to Almonte—at that time called “Waterford”—and succeeded in forming a company known as the Ramsay Woolen Manufacturing Company. Among those who held stock in this company were John Scott and the late John Patterson who about the year 1853 or 1854 one year after the company was formed, went to California but before going, disposed of their shares in the company to Mr. Rosamond. The mill was burned shortly afterwards.

In 1856 Mr. Rosamond moved to Almonte and bought his present residence from Edward Mitcheson. After the mill was burned, a sale was called and the site—the one on which the #2 mill is built—was knocked down to the late Albert Tesky for about 90 pounds. Mr. Tesky afterwards repented of his bargain and sold the water power to Mr. Rosamond who built the #2 mill on it moving his machinery from Carleton Place to Almonte in 1857. The #2 mill was built in 1856 and additions were made to it afterwards by Messrs. Bennett and William Rosamond who put in more machinery and gradually increased its capacity. In 1861, too close applications to business beginning to tell on Mr. Rosamond’s health, he leased the business to his sons Bennett and William and afterwards sold to them. In 1860, Mr. Rosamond and his sons formed a joint stock company with capital of $100,000 to build a large mill which resulted in the erection of #3 mill. When Mr. Rosamond retired from active business he retained an interest in the #1 mill and at the time of his death was still a share holder in it. He was also fro some time in the tanning business his tannery being situated on the site of the present dye room of #1 mill. Although always widely and actively engaged in business, Mr. Rosamond did not forget his obligations as a citizen and was always ready to assume his share of public duties. He was a member of the Carleton Place School Board from 1833 until he removed to Almonte. He has been an active and useful member of the Almonte School Board for about 35 years and occupied a seat there ever since he came to town, with the exception of a year and a half (about the year 1869) when he moved to Vineland, New Jersey for the benefit of his health. He has filled the position of Justice of the Peace for the County of Lanark continuously for over a half century. He was also a life long member of the board of the Ottawa Protestant Hospital. Shortly after Mr. Rosamond took up residence in Almonte, he took an active interest in the union Sunday school which was attended by churches of all denominations. Later on he founded St. Paul’s Sunday school of which he was superintendent for over twenty years. He has always been a devoted member of the Anglican Church and was for many years church warden or lay representative to the Synod for St. Paul’s Church. He was an enthusiastic Orangeman, a strong Conservative in politics and a great admirer of the late Sir John MacDonald. Though Mr. Rosamond attained to a ripe old age he retained to a wonderful degree the use of his mental as well as physical faculties, his mind to the last being clear.


Bennett Rosamond
Bennett Rosamond was born on May 10, 1833 at Carleton Place, Ontario. At the age of 26 he joined the family business, the Victoria Woolen Mills at Almonte and in 1862 he took over the business from his father. He served on the township council, served as Reeve and was elected mayor of Almonte. He was elected as the federal Conservative member of parliament for the riding of North Lanark in 1892 and sat in the House of Commons until 1904.
Rosamond was a major employer at Almonte and voting days saw his employees turn out en masse to vote for him. As a major benefactor of the town he donated the money to build a hospital in Almonte which was named after him. He died on May 18, 1910 in England while preparing to return to Canada. Rosamond was a member of L.O.L. No. 389, located at Almonte and had served as master of the lodge. He also served as County Master of Lanark for a number of years.
Rosamond Memorial Hospital, Almonte, Ontario c. 1910

The Perth Courier – October 18, 1962
Lanark Orangemen Heard Sir John A. Talk Confederation In District Lodges
Local Lodge One Of Oldest In Ontario East
Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and “Father of Confederation” first campaigned for Confederation in the Orange lodges of Lanark and Leeds Counties. Confederation was the union of British colonies in North America as a buffer to U.S. expansionism or “manifest destiny”, which saw all North America as one great American country.
Sir John, a resident of Kingston, was an ardent Orangeman who saw the possibility of having one Federal Parliament and separate Provincial Legislatures modelled on the Orange Association, which eight years prior to Confederation had decided on such a constitution for itself.
What the Orangemen had been able to do inspired him to attempt, Sir John gladly admitted, “for the sake of the future of Canada.” Thus, Confederation was born when the Orange Order boasted 1,400 lodges and tens of thousands of members. The year was 1867.
Perth One of Oldest
Perth was there with one of the oldest Orange Lodges in Canada, L.O.L. No. 7, at Drummond Centre. Old records show how politicians stumped up-and-down the rural routes selling ideas in lodgeroom, on the street, over the fence, in parlor and country store. Only five [six] older lodges exist, LOL No. 1 at Brockville, LOL No. 2 at Pine Hill, North Leeds County, LOL No.3 at Foxboro in South Hastings, [LOL No. 4 at Toronto] LOL No. 5 in Peel County and LOL No. 6 at Kingston [the lodge Sir John joined in 1841].
Minutes of these lodges show that Canada’s first Prime Minister or his representative spoke in them all. The first Orange Grand Lodge in North America was founded in Brockville, just 40 miles from Perth, by an immigrant Irishman Ogle R. Gowan, who rose to become Member of Parliament and Colonel of Militia. He was also Grand Master of British America in 1830 – 1846, 1854 – 1855 and 1856.
Although Orange lodges existed in Canada from Wolfe’s conquest of Quebec in 1759, the first Grand Lodge warrant was only granted on April 23, 1832, signed by Field Marshal, Ernest Duke of Cumberland, Grand Master of the Empire. The warrant was brought home to Brockville and given great display about the countryside. The first Grand Secretary of the first Grand Lodge of British America was Alexander Matheson of Protestant Hill, Perth.
Thus almost 140 years after the founding of the Orange Confederacy in 1688, the Orange influence reached into the Perth area. This influence was strongest in the United Empire Loyalist, Army and Navy settlements throughout Canada, the Order having been founded on military lines to protect Protestant interests in troubled Ireland. Perth was a military settlement.
Ruling body for Lanark County Orangemen is the Imperial Grand Council of the World, with Captain Sir George A. Clark, Bart., DL, of Ireland, the Grand Master. Next comes the Grand Lodge of British America with eleven provincial bodies, of which the Grand Lodge of Ontario East is one with 25 county jurisdictions.
The Orange Association of the County of Lanark is part of Ontario East and boasts three districts with 13 primary lodges. The primary lodge is the basic unit of the Orange Order. The lodge in Perth is LOL 115 which meets at the Orange Hall on Gore Street East. Lodge Master is Herbert Campbell and secretary James Kirkham, both of Perth.
The Grand Lodge of Ontario East has met nine times in Lanark County since 1830, in Peth 1865, 1933, 1943, in Smiths Falls 1890, 1902, 1911, 1922, 1945, in Carleton Place in 1929. His Honor Judge J.A. Scott of Perth was Grand Master of British America in 1911 – 1914. Reverend Canon J. W. R. Meakin of Almonte, currently is Honorary Grand Chaplain of Ontario East, while Lieutenant Colonel Hon. T. Ashmore Kidd of Kingston, has been Imperial Grand Master of the World, and Grand Master of British America in 1930 – 1933 and 1940 – 1947.
County Master Roy Haveron, of Perth notes a trend to larger lodges in Lanark County which prove more efficient and active. Biggest problem today is lack of publicity and dedicated organizers with the time to devote to the demands of ritual and degree work.
LOL No. 90 of Lombardy won the Duncan Alexander MacLeod trophy for the largest increase in membership – 47 per cent this year. LOL No. 1 Brockville remains the largest lodge in Eastern Ontario with over 150 members. The Orange Order has exerted an influence in Lanark far in excess of its numbers, although its numbers have never been large. It’s a grass roots movement with “few aristocrats” or people with “aristocratic notions” included in its membership. The rural influence has a leveling effect, so it seems.
What do Orangemen do? First, they support the reformed faith. Next comes strong support of British democratic ideals and parliamentary government. The Bill of Rights of 1689 is the Order’s Bible. “Equal rights for all and special privileges for none,” has been the battlecry of the Order for ages. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker used an abbreviated form of this slogan in his 1957 general election campaign.
Orangemen support benevolent causes, including two Orange homes for children. There is an active insurance program and many bands. Perth, Smiths Falls and Carleton Place boast OYB [Orange Young Briton] bands.
District Masters and Officials
District Masters: Kenneth Leacock, Smiths Falls; Wm. Evans, Pakenham; W. H. Shaw, RR 2, Perth; Secretaries, Lyle Jordan, Smiths Falls; W. A. Fulton, Pakenham; Roy Haveron, Perth.
Primary Lodges: [master and secretary], LOL 7 Drummond Centre, Edward Wright, D. A. Devlin; LOL 88 Smiths Falls, Harvey Leacock, Ken Leacock, LOL 92 Innisville, George Gardiner, Gordon James. LOL 115 Perth, Herbert Campbell, James Kirkham. LOL 190 Montague Corners, John Kidd, Elmer Fox. LOL 202 Fallbrook, Cecil Ennis, Russell Fair. LOL 378 Almonte, Glen Ireton, M. Giles. LOL 381 Franktown, Glen Irvine, Milton McCaul. LOL 512 Montague, Russel Burchill, W. Rice. LOL 529 Rusenham, Forbes Evans, E. A. Connery. LOL 749 Wemyss, Carl Larmon, L. J. Patterson. LOL 788 2nd Line of Drummond, O. P. Dowdall, J. B. Hands.
Lanark is bordered by North Leeds with three districts and eleven lodges, Carleton with eight districts and 33 lodges, Lennox and Addington with two districts and 13 lodges, Renfrew with four districts and 21 lodges.

William Henry Boulton
William Henry Boulton was born on April 19, 1812 in York [Toronto], Upper Canada, the son of D’Arcy and Sarah Ann Boulton [nee Robinson, daughter of Sir John Beverley Robinson]. Boulton was born into one of the most prominent families of Upper Canada; his grandather, D’Arcy Boulton Sr. Was chief justice of Upper Canada and his uncles included John Beverley Robinson. Boulton studied to be a lawyer and was called to the bar of Upper Canada at the age of twenty-three.
Boulton was to become one of the social leaders of early Toronto, his estate “The Grange” being the setting for many of the young city’s most prominent social gatherings. As a member of parliament for Toronto from 1844 to 1853, Boulton supported conservatives William Henry Draper and Henry Sherwood. As a member of one of the old established families he was a strong defender of the privileged position of the Anglican Church with regards to the clergy reserves and education.
Aside from provincial politics Boulton was heavily involved with Toronto affairs. He served as an alderman for St Patrick’s Ward from 1838 until 1842 and after a two year absence from municipal politics he again served as alderman for the same ward from 1844 to 1847. During this time he was elected mayor of Toronto for three successive terms, from 1845 – 1847. After his terms as Mayor Boulton continued to sit on council as an alderman in 1852 and 1858, again being elected Mayor of the city in 1858.
During his term as mayor an agreement had been made between the province and the city over the distribution of judicial powers. The Mayor and aldermen had now ceased to act as magistrates and cases were heard by police magistrates. Boulton got into a fierce argument with the chief constable of Toronto, Samuel Sherwood, and resigned as mayor. He then ran again for Mayor in 1859 in the first election that was held by popular vote, but lost to Adam Wilson.
He then retired from politics and lived at the grange. After his death on February 15, 1874, his wife continued to live there and she later married author Goldwin Smith in 1875. Today “The Grange” is owned by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Boulton had served as the Master of Enniskillen L.O.L. 387 in 1858 and was the Deputy Grand Master of Canada in 1854.


It was in the fifties too that the first secret fraternity unfurled its Orange banner in this village. An elevated site was chosen for the Lodge room of the Loyal Orange Lodge, the exact spot being near where Mr. William Spalding’s storehouse now stands. The lodge succeeded in gathering beneath its colors a large and flourishing membership and it looked for a time at least that this was one of Lanark’s permanent institutions. But something happened one night that stopped a lodge career. From Buffam’s tavern to the lodge room the brethren cleaved the air with their discontent. An eye-witness says it was certainly a rough night and obviously he was not referring to the weather. When you hear a brother shout “Paice, bhoys, paice and brotherly love,” while he belabors you with a drum stick it is high time to call a halt and that is exactly what the Orangemen of Lanark did. They held no more meetings, the building fell into disuse and later was removed to its present stand where it serves the public faithfully day after day and is known as Darou’s bakery. The Buffam’s Tavern referred to stood where the residence of Mr. R.F. Robertson is now. At one time this building was occupied by the McLaren family as a store, the scene of many boyhood experiences of the Hon. Peter McLaren, of Perth, whose father was the merchant.

The outstretching hand of Freemasonry laid upon a building in this locality for the meeting place of a lodge and in 1869 on July 15th Evergreen No. 209 A.F. and A.M. was established. The charter members were Chas. Esdale, Robert Pollock, Thomas Watchorn, Alex. G. Dobbie, William Caldwell, David Munro, James Wilson and Chas. E. Field. Chas. E. Field was elected worshipful master, Robert Pollock senior warden and Thomas Watchorn junior warden. Few of these men are now living and the last remnants who had not moved away from Lanark, Mr. W.C. Caldwell and Rev. James Wilson, have been called away during the past year to join above with the great architect of the universe. For a number of years regular communications were held in the Lamont building, the lodge room was in the loft of an outhouse which long ago was converted into a stable and is used for that purpose to this day. The craft moved to more commodious and comfortable quarters in the Young block opposite the Town Hall where the mysteries of the fraternity are handed down from master to apprentice.
Evergreen Lodge has had a career of vicissitude and change, sometimes pitched on the crest of prosperity, sometimes in the trough of adversity. Nevertheless the mother lodge has reared sons of whom she might well feel proud in the Masonic circle and the names of Chas. E. Field and John H. Bothwell stand out like great shining lights amid a multitude of lesser forms. Brother Bothwell enjoyed the distinction of possessing a fund of Masonic lore and learning enjoyed by few men of the craft and during his deputyship of the district had a most enviable reputation for his knowledge of Masonic ritual law. But the times have changed and Evergreen droops and pines from lack of attention. The signs however are hopeful and after a long rest who knows but greater things than have been are in store for the compass and square in Lanark.
While dealing with fraternities we might state that Lanark has had a full share of them. Oddfellows, Foresters, Workmen, Sons of England, Sons of Temperance, Select Knights and others have set up shrines inside our gates and all of them have had their seasons of plenty and years of famine. The Oddfellows after a long period of inertia have taken upon themselves fresh comeliness which has attracted a number of young men with an eye for the beauties of the order. An at home held by the Oddfellows recently was taken as an evidence of the coursing new blood that is beginning to flow. The Workmen and Foresters are in the dolarums with never a sail flapping and the Sons of Scotland — fie upon Lanark — are unworthy the name. In a village whose ancestry was intensely Scotch we find the thistle drooping and the heather dry and shrunken. The Sons of Temperance have seen ups and downs like the rest of societies, and at the present time are almost bereft of that vitality and power that once were theirs


The Trials, Difficulties, Slow but Steady Progress and
Finally Success of the Hardy Pioneers Written
Especially for the “Courier” — Inter-
esting Sketches.


Written By Mr. C. M. Forbes.

Published in The Perth Courier, Dec. 15, 1905 through Feb. 9, 1906.
Transcribed for the LCGS website by Charles Dobie.
Eighty five years ago the Village of Lanark came into existence. A band of Scottish emigrants hailing from Glasgow arrived at the eminence overlooking the valley of the Clyde in the month of September, 1820, and viewed for the first time their new Canadian home. These hardy progenitors were mostly weavers and spinners in the old land, who, at a time when the industry in which they were engaged suffered from general depression, were induced under the British Government’s colonization scheme to leave their native heath and seek homes in Canada. This was but a part of the great tide of emigration which, beginning at the termination of the American War of 1812-15, continued unabated for a decade.
It was no trifling impulse that led these people to separate themselves from the ties and associations of Auld Scotia but rather the resolute determination of men and women bound by tradition and national sentiment to the principle of “glorious” independence. To them pioneering was an experiment fraught with trials and experiences to which they were unaccustomed.


Leland E. Rosemond

March, 1938

Scarsdale, N. Y.


Some confusion seems to have resulted from the fact that more than
one origin for this name has existed. The oldest, perhaps, is the
Teutonic “Hrosmond”, conspicuous as far back as the 6th century in
the history of the Gepidae and the Lombards of northern Italy. “Mond”
in the Anglo-Saxon signified the protection given by a noble, or
chieftain, to this dependents of every kin, and the name signified
among them strong, or famous, protection. The form “Rosenmund”,
usually reckoned as German, has been interpreted as “rose of the
world,” form the Latin “mundus” for world. In Danish the name appears
as Rozamond; in French, as Rosemonde, in Italian, as Rosmonda, and in
Latin and Spanish, as Rosamunda.

“The Huguenot tradition in the family, confirmed by such sources as
O’Hart’s Irish Pedigrees and Agnew’s French Protestant Exiles,
suggests a French origin also and this has been found in the
name “Rougemont”, still perpetuated by the name of a village in
southeastern France, near Switzerland, and another village in
southwestern Germany. Why this source seems preferable for our origin
will be mentioned again.

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“Such a name, transported to other countries and dealt with in other
languages, was certain to be changed and even distorted. Our own
people have at times adopted the form “Roseman”, or “Rosman”,
or “Rossman”, or “Rosmond”, or “Rosmon”. The first three forms are
common in Germany although wholly unconnected with our family. Elders
in the family have held the view that the presence of the “d” is
significant and, since it is the equivalent of the “t”
in “Rougemont,” that seems reasonable. As many as thirty variations
are found, and yet the name in any form is not a common one in this
country if the German forms above are to be disregarded.

“In the Southern states among those identified with our line in
Ireland, the form “Rosamond” prevails as it does in England and
Canada, but the legends of “Fair Rosamond” Clifford which popularized
it there have no significance for us. It is, in one form or another,
the name of towns, but inquiry has developed that our family had
nothing to do with giving them.

“It is not to be thought surprising, therefore, if persons bearing
the name be found whose ancestry traces back along a line quite
different from the Huguenot line.”


The gracious and intelligent aid of Peter Rosemond of Flushing,
Holland, who lived for some years in Basle, Switzerland, was a large
contribution to the writer’s* investigation of the Huguenot
tradition. His family went from Basle to Holland in 1754. Researches
he made over many years, including 1911 to 1917 in Basle, furnished
him with material which he regarded as identifying us with a James
(or Jacob) Rosemond, born in Basle, January 1st, 1654 (which date is
not far from our traditional date of `about 1655′) who left home and
who did not reappear there even for the reading of


*Fred L. Rosemond

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his father’s will in 1679 nor thereafter. This James (or Jacob, for
these names were once interchangeable) was the son of Hans Ulrich
Rosemond, born 1623, a weaver; who was a son of Hans, a weaver, born
1581; who was a son of Fred Rosemond, born 1552, a weaver, member of
town council and a local captain; who was the son of another Hans
whose date of birth is not known, but he too, was a weaver and became
a citizen of Basle in 1534. His father was Erhart de Rougemont who
bought in 1495 “the house called Rebleuten-Zunft in Basle in the
Freistrasse.’ Peter Rosemond further reported information from the
Records Office in Basle that “before Basle the family resided in
Holland up to 1338, and it is said they descended from the estate
Rosemont, near Belfort, in France, where also the village Rougemont
is found.” A family coat-of-arms was registered in Basle about 1537
when the first Hans became a resident there. A reproduction of this
coat-of-arms in the writer’s possession shows a weaver’s crook
conspicuously, and it will be remembered that in Ireland our people
were linen weavers and farmers, and that Edward, the elder, was a
weaver in this country. Peter Rosemond had seen in print the letters
from Erasmus to Gotschalk Rosemondt. He noticed that a seal used by a
Rosemont in Holland, bearing a jumping fox, was like an emblem he had
noticed in a wall of the house Rebleuten-Zunft in Basle. This seal
dated back to 1430, whereas the coat-of-arms above mentioned dates
from 1534, it seems. Peter Rosemond died September 22, 1930. This is
but a sketch of what he wrote.”


One northern line and two southern lines of the family have been
traced back to a “Sergeant” Rosemond, first name unknown, name of
wife unknown, who, according to a tradition confirmed in different
lines of the family, was born and married in Europe, was a drill
sergeant in the Army

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of William III, Prince of Orange, went with that army through Holland
and England to Ireland, and settled in Ireland, in County Leitrim in
the neighborhood of Drumshanbo and Ballinamore. The tradition is that
he was born about 1655 and William’s invasion may be dated 1688. He
is said to have been offered and to have refused the township of Mayo
in Leitrim. While the tradition is silent beyond these matters of
nativity and pedigree, investigations, aided by correspondents in
Europe, identify the family name back to the 14th century, and
indicate that our ancestor was a French Huguenot, born in Basle,
Switzerland of Hans Ulrich Rosemond in 1654, on New Year’s day, who
left home and did not appear when his father’s will was read in 1679,
or thereafter so far as appears.

His name was James, or Jacob, these having once been practically
interchangeable. The name is believed to have originally been
Rougemont, meaning “red mountain”, which is perpetuated by villages
in southeastern France and nearby in Germany. The Basle family took
citizenship there in 1534, and the ancestry there runs back to 1495.
In Holland the name goes back to 1338. Family archives show that one
Gotschalk Rosemond (or Rosemont) was a correspondent of the
celebrated Erasmus (1466-1536), Dutch scholar and theologian, and
that the two studied together about 1483 at Bois le Duc and at
Louvain, Belgium.

“The inference that the `drill sergeant’ was a Huguenot exiled from
France at the time of the revocation of the edict of Nantes may be
correct, but not if James of Basle is accepted as the ancestor ,
because it is evident that his family had long before that been in
Basle. But their being citizens of Basle does not at all contradict
their being

Huguenots. Being one of the army of William III, Prince of Orange, is
an indication of such sympathies. In Ireland, the Rosemonds were, so
far as the writer has heard or read, Protestants and Orangemen. That
fact had much to do, according to tradition, with the emigration of
both Philip, the elder, and Canada Ed. A descendant

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of a brother of Philip, the elder, has told the writer that a lodge
of Orangemen regularly met in the home of the former in Leitrim. The
recognition of the family name in Ireland as a Huguenot name carries
with it the weight of contemporary knowledge and opinion.

“If Rougemont be accepted as the origin of the line from which the
drill sergeant sprung, that location is in harmony with the Huguenot
tradition. There is a Rougemont parish in Department Doubs, and there
is a Rougemont village in Department Haut Rhine (Upper Rhine), near
Belfort, with two destroyed castles. There was a time, it seems, when
this territory was a part of Pfirt, in Austria, as a part of what was
locally known as `the Sundgau’, extending form Basle to Belfort. Maps
show another Rougemont village in southwestern Germany not far away.
The name means `red mountain’ and is accounted for by local mountains
of reddish color; therefore having a purely logical significance and
being distinguishable from other origins of the name. The variations
in the family name in these records illustrate strikingly how readily
Rougemont could become Rosemond, especially in view of the French

“After this lapse of time the writer* does not expect the origin of
the name to be susceptible of strict proof, but is disposed to accept
the view shared by Peter Rosemond in Holland, that our family
originated in the Rougemont region in southeastern France and were
Huguenots. In one of his last letters, Peter Rosemond wrote that he
was inclining to the belief that the coat-of-arms relates to the
Crusades and that the `weaver’s cross’ is that worn on the shoulder
by some Crusaders.”

“Rougemont village is said to have been at one time embraced in
Neufchatel, which was a principality of William III of Orange, which
suggests a reason why this James (or Jacob)


*Fred L. Rosemond

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should be disposed to attach himself to the forces of William when he
recruited them for his British conquest.

“Some sixty years elapsed after his settling in Ireland before any of
his descendants came to this country. Three sons, Thomas and
Nathaniel, and one whose name is unknown, have been traced here, but
no other children if any. About 1740 Thomas and Nathaniel settled in
Abbeville District, South Carolina, and the name is traceable from
Virginia south and southwest, as far as Texas, and up into Illinois,
then Missouri. The unnamed son, born about 1690, never left Ireland
and is taken to be the ancestor of the northern line to which Fred L.
Rosemond, Leland E. Rosemond, and others of the name in Ohio belong,
with branches of descendants in various northern states.

“This unnamed progenitor had a son James, believed to have been born
about 1730, who married Nancy Cook, never left Ireland, and died
about 1813; said to have had fifteen children, ten of these having
been positively identified namely: James (1759-1836); Philip (1765-
1831); Edward (1770-1850); William (1775-1841); Thomas, born 1785;
Bennett, died 1852; Anne, Mary Margaret, and Fanny. It is likely
there was a John also, who emigrated with his brother James to
Pennsylvania and thence down the Ohio to the neighborhood of
Cincinnati. They spelled the name “Rossman,” and descendants still
live at Franklin, Ohio. Philip and Edward are believed to have come
either together or about the same time. Edward landed August 30th,
1794, form Ireland, according to naturalization papers taken out by
him March, 1820, at St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio.” (A
photostatic copy of these naturalization papers will be found in this
booklet.) (NOTE: a photostatic copy is placed between pages 14 and 15
of the booklet.)

“This was a time of wide unrest in Ireland, and the tradition among
the descendants of Philip is that the was “warned out’ by Roman
Catholics, hastily converted his property into gold coin, and brought
the coin with him secreted in deep holes

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bored in the corner supports of a wooden chest. William did not come
until 1841 and died soon after arriving at Fairview, Guernsey County,
Ohio, which was a Rosemond headquarters for many years with as many
as five families of the name in the village at a time. Bennett,
father of the family at Almonte, Ontario, woolen manufacturers on a
large scale, and of Edward, known as “Canada Ed’, came over once with
some ideas of remaining, but returned to Edentenny, near Drumshanbo,
and died there. Thomas lived and died in Ireland, leaving numerous
descendants, some about Carrigallen, and some in Canada. His location
was known as Aughalague, east of Ballinamore. The available
information as to the other children of this first James is scanty.
For the present purpose, the general relations of the line of this
Edward, the Elder and Philip, the Elder (so called to distinguish
them) are followed.”

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