ORANGE ORDER RECORDS
Lulu hails from Glasgow. Much like other people with Glaswegian ancestry, her family was affected by the sectarian conflict that blighted the city in its past.
The singer’s mother, Elizabeth Kennedy Cairns, came from a mixed background as her paternal side (the Cairns) were Catholic and her maternal side (the Kennedys) were Protestant. Indeed, Lulu’s maternal great grandmother, Helen Orr Kennedy, was a senior member of the Orange Order in Glasgow.
We were able to learn about Helen’s involvement with her local Orange Order Lodge in Bridgeton through extensive records still kept by the institute. In particular, we managed to gain access to the Lodge’s minutes (signed by Helen herself), which gave us plenty of information about her activities. More information about the Orange Order archives can be found at orangeorder scotland.com. Newspapers also were very useful, as we found a detailed obituary for Helen in The Belfast Weekly News. Copies can be found online at british newspaper archive.co.uk and findmypast. co.uk.