Welcome to the Web Site of

The Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts


A Fool from
the Betley Window

Our Badge

The Hobby-horse
from the Betley Window

This web site is to acquaint you with the activities of some of the more eccentric members of the Morris in the UK and elsewhere.

We have an ancient heritage; the "beasts", can be traced back to ancient times and no king or emperor would have been without his "fool".
We are their modern equivalent and our aim is to add an additional dimension to displays of Morris dancing throughout the country.

Whilst we are all members of our own clubs and organisations, our common interests in portraying a wide range of "characters" bonds us together.
We have an annual get together called an Unconvention, where we provide some entertainment for the public, share experiences and offer advice, (asked for or otherwise), to old and new members.

The order is associated with all three UK Morris organisations.


Order Events Membership Officers E-mail contacts Related Events
Badges Founders Members List History News
Fools Gallery About Fools Beasts Gallery About Beasts Some Pictures
Reports Minutes Obituaries Archive Pictures Other Links
Links to
Fools & Beasts Sites
Links to
Unconvention sites
Links to
Morris Character Sites
The Betley Window
(Original site)
The Betley Window
(Duplicate site)


The 2018 Unconvention will take place at

Highnam Community Centre, Gloucester on

12th to 14th October

Hosted by Lassington Oak Morris.

The 2017 Unconvention took place in Church Eaton, Stafford from 27th to 29th October.

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There are lots more pictures on the Facebook pages at: https://www.facebook.com/FoolsAndBeasts



East Suffolk Morris Men have had a change of beast. Their longstanding Hobby Horse; Constant Billy, so ably ridden by the late Des Herring has, after many years' in the saddle, retired to a local museum.

 Adam Garland is still appearing as Henry, their Hooden Beast, and they now have Clive, who is master of a new hobby horse.

Adam has written some notes on

Animal Behaviour Hooden and Hobby Horses

This could be useful to other potential beasts and we reproduce them here


We can now publish some very useful tips for Fools and Potential Fools, written in the 90s by Mike Wilkinson, Fool to Dolphin Morris.
If you want to know about the philosophy and technique of our art click here.

The order now has a Facebook presence at  http://www.facebook.com/FoolsAndBeasts?ref=ts
for lots of information and contributions by Members and friends of the order.

You can also follow Rob and Trigger on Facebook.

To send information or comments about the site please contact "Knotty", the webmaster, on knotty@foolsandbeasts.org.uk or call +44 (O)l785 823O67

The links above will take you to the detailed pages of this remarkable organisation.

Links in black are for future expansion. Please bear with us while we compile this site.

Sadly, you can no longer sign our Guestbook, as the Spammers have destroyed it!


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The Illustrious Order is affiliated to The Morris Ring
The Morris Federation
The Open Morris

The Illustrious Order welcomes foolish and beastly members
of other Morris Organisations.

Since the last Unconvention, the Order has decided to accept interested and qualified individuals from other Morris, or similar Folklore Groups, internationally.

If you are interested please contact the Scrivenner or Webmaster.


The order is indebted to many people, including those listed for pictures and information about the people and activities of this very special branch of the Morris Barbara Sunderland, Robert Chisman, John Price, John Edwards, Ellen Burke, Jenny Howard, Peter de Courcy, Julian Kohler, Andy Cooper, John Burke,


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