300 years of modern druidry
As Druids, among others we love story telling and we honor our roots and those who walked the path before us.
George Gregor McReid, a teacher and friend of Nuinn had a story about the origin of modern druidry. According to this John Toland, encouraged by John Aubry, did proclaim in 1716 on Primrose Hill for Druids to meet in a year and a day in the Apple Tree Tavern in London. Which means that in 1717 they founded the Universal Bond (An Druidh Uileach Braithreachas) which allegedly led through a change of name to the Ancient Druid Order, that was led by George Gregor McReid (in 1964 many of its Members left with Nuinn to found the OBOD). Today, many see this founding of the Druid Order Universal Bond as the beginning of modern Druidry. Although historically it is quite difficult to back this up with facts, it is however for certain, that the interest in Druidry was very strong with Aubry and Toland and it didn’t end with them. Both influenced Stuckley who passed it on to Iolo Morganwg and from there it is much easier to see the influences on modern Druidry. Like every myth this origin story by McReid has certainly a lot of truth in it. And in honoring tradition and myths we can look in 2017 upon 300 years of modern druidry.
(Sources: PCG: What do Druids Believe, Wikipedia: Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, R.Hutton: Blood and Misteltoe)