HC Deb 27 May 1884 vol 288 c1463

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is the fact that at the last Fermanagh Assizes, Mr. Edward Archdale, High Sheriff of the county, whose language and conduct in connection with the Orange Society have recently been reproved by the Irish Executive, drove the Judges of Assize through the county town of Enniskillen in carriages, the horses attached to which were decked with Orange bands and rosettes; and, whether similar conduct on the part of any High Sheriff will be permitted hereafter?


I am informed that Mr. Archdale used his ordinary harness on the occasion referred to in the Question. The forehead bands of the horses were orange and the rosettes orange and blue. These colours have, I understand, been adopted by the Archdale family for a long time past. I am informed that their horses run under them at race-meetings. I do not think the circumstance calls for any notice on the part of the Government.