Ancient Order of Druids

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Ancient Order of Druids
Motto "Justice, Philanthropy, Brotherly Love"
Formation 28 November 1781
Headquarters London, England
Founder Henry Hurle

The Ancient Order of Druids (AOD), or simply the Druids, is an English fraternal order, reputedly founded by Henry Hurle at London, England in 1781, with ritual features based on Celtic Druidism, the particulars "resembling those of Freemasonry."[1]

Two later druidic orders originated as subordinate lodges of the A.O.D., the United Ancient Order of Druids (split in 1833), and the Order of Druids (split in 1858).

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  1. Rhyn, Otto Henne Am (1895), "Imitations of Freemasonry", Mysteria: History of the Secret Doctrines and Mystic Rites of Ancient Religions, and Medieval and Modern Secret Orders, Chicago, Illinois: Stockham Publishing Co., p. 234-5, https://archive.org/stream/mysteriahistoryo00hennuoft#page/234/mode/2up, "In 1781 a society was formed in London whose members called themselves Druids, and who practiced rites resembling those of Freemasonry."