Kawartha Branch Membership Information
Membership, with voting rights in the Association, is available to a person who can prove they have a Loyalist ancestor who meets the following criteria: Either male or female who, as of 19th April 1775, was a resident of the American colonies, and joined the Royal Standard prior to the Treaty of Separation of 1783, or otherwise demonstrated loyalty to the Crown, and settled in territory remaining under the rule of the crown; or A soldier who served in a Provincial Loyalist Regiment and was disbanded in Canada; or A member of the Six Nations of either the Grand River or the Bay of Quinte Reserve who is descended from one whose migration was similar to that of other Loyalists.
There is no age restriction for membership in the Association. Infants and children are welcome as members. Generally, the parent or legal guardian will take the Oath of Allegiance with the Oath being taken by the member upon reaching the age of 18 years.
Any descendent of a UEL may use the letters UE (Unity of the Empire) after their name as per Lord Dorchester's Order-in-Council of 1789. This proclamation was bestowed on both male and female descendents and is the only hereditary honour in Canada.
To gain Membership, and a certificate, you must prove lineal descent from an UEL. Assistance or further information and application forms in this regard are available from the Branch Genealogist, Joan Lucas, UE, at jflucas @ sympatico.ca; Copy the address into your email client and delete the spaces before and after the "AT" symbol)
Kawartha Branch meets 6 times a year, in February, April, June, September, October and November.
The June meeting is our annual Loyalist Flag raising ceremony at City Hall, Peterborough, Ontario.
Our October meeting is usually the Fall Banquet with respect to availability of restaurant bookings.