millarWelcome to the Royal Black Institution Website

I am very conscious that many of those who visit this website will have no previous knowledge of the Institution or its aims and objectives. Others will have had contact in one way or another and perhaps will have formed opinions based on their perceptions or personal experiences.

The website has been compiled to give accurate and hopefully interesting information to enable those who view it dispassionately, and with an unbiased mind, an understanding of our Institution.

The Royal Black Institution is totally based on the teachings of Holy Scripture and is committed to the furtherance of the Christian message of the Cross. In adhering firmly to the traditions of the Reformed Christian Faith, no offence is intended to anyone or to any group.

As we enter into the Year 2016 we recognise this will be a particularly busy period for the Institution in relation to its Christian and Charitable Outreach.

In addition to this we are conscious this particular year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the costliest battles in terms of casualties during the First World War where so many people lost their lives and countless others were maimed/injured.  We remember them all in prayer. As we approach this anniversary we think of the many members of our Institution who served in the Armed Forces in the First World War, and particularly those who fought in this battle, and the families who lost loved ones.


The Royal Black Institution has expressed its regret and sadness following the tragic death of esteemed local journalist, Austin Hunter.

Mr Hunter had worked as a public relations consultant with the Loyal Order for eight years, prior to his passing.

Sovereign Grand Master Millar Farr said: “Austin had an illustrious career in local journalism and public relations, and we as an Institution were privileged to avail of his expertise and first-hand experience in this field.

“His advice and guidance on many matters was invaluable. Austin was admired and respected greatly by senior officers and members alike, and such was his endearing personality, this developed into a strong and close association, and indeed friendship. His knowledge and companionship will be greatly missed.

“The Institution shares in the grief and loss of his wife, Jean, and family at this time, and offer to them our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy.”

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I trust the information contained herein may help dispel any misconceptions based on misinformation and thus lead to a greater and more accurate understanding of the purpose, aims and objectives of the Royal Black Institution.

Most Worshipful Sir Knight Millar Farr QPM 
Sovereign Grand Master