Your Buffalo Ancestor Queries - a guide by
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Bro Geoff Gurden R.O.H. The General Secretary
So - Grandfather was in the Buffaloes, whatever that is, and
found some odd items in the attic and want to know more.....
Those items will most probably be one or more of the following:
1. Some sort of Medal.
Does it say “G.L.E.” like the one on the left,
“Grand Council” (sometimes “G.C.”) like the one
in the centre ?
Occasionally you will have a different set of
initials, like the one on the right, which says “G.E.B.” but
these are much less frequent.
These distinctions are important because they
tell you who you should contact to pursue your research. (read
You should only contact the General Secretary of
Grand Council ( contact details on the home page) if you have a
Grand Council medal.
2. Items of Regalia; Sashes, Aprons and Cuffs.
As you can see, sashes do not always carry the above
information. Their colour will tell you more. If a sash bears the
letters “K.O.M.” then the Grand Council one will be blue as illustrated;
if it is red it is a G.L.E. sash. If the letters are “R.O.H.” then the
Grand Council version is purple and the G.L.E. one pale blue. Aprons and
cuffs carry the same colours. K.O.M. stands for Knight, Order of Merit
and R.O.H. for Roll of Honour. The first mentioned is the Third and
highest Degree in Buffaloism, but a further and even higher award of the
Roll of Honour follows it.
3. Documents and certificates
Often there are Certificates, some
large, some smaller, executed in many ways from elaborate to single
coloured and relatively plain. The basic rule however still applies -
somewhere it will state either “Grand Council” or “Grand Lodge of
England” or “Grand Surrey Banner” or some title to guide you further.
The one shown is a Grand Council Initiation Certificate. In the Grand
Lodge of England this particular Certificate is known as a “Parchment”
and in the Grand Council as an “Emblem”.
All of this is simply a beginning - an
outline to guide your research. It does not pretend to be a
comprehensive guide to every artefact that you may discover - but it may
help you to save a few telephone calls to the wrong people. Above
all, have fun, and good luck with your discoveries!
5. Some of the Banners (or Sections) and contact details.
Grand Council 01754 611199
Grand Lodge of England 01423 502438
Grand Lodge of England Ltd. 02086 908550
Grand Middlesex Banner 02084 507381
Grand Surrey Banner 01214 261549
Royal Kentish 01303 252695