An Interesting Bible Donation to PHSI Library

Bible - Galway Presbyterian Church

Front page of the Bible

The PHSI Library recently acquired a very large family Bible from Galway Presbyterian Church.  It is the Illustrated Family Bible with original notes by John Kitto and introductions to various Old and New Testament books by the Rev Canon Birks, published c. 1860.  While it is interesting in its own right because of the 1200 wood engravings and colour photographs it is the history behind this particular copy that is fascinating.

 

It was presented in 1875 to the Rev Dr James Gardner Robb who at the time was minister of Cooke’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada, by many friends unconnected with the with his congregation in recognition of his able vindication of Scriptural truth and bold defence of Protestant principles.  It was then given by his family to Galway Presbyterian Church in January 1929 in memory their father’s ministry in Galway.

The James Gardner Robb was born in 1833 the son of Alexander Robb, a farmer in Scrabo, Newtownards.  Educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen’s College, Belfast, and Assembly’s College, Belfast, he was licensed by Belfast Presbytery in 1857 and in the following year was ordained in Clogher Presbyterian Church.  In 1863 he married Martha Hanna, the daughter of his predecessor in Clogher, the Rev John Hanna.

He then emigrated to Canada in 1874 where he became minister of Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto.  During his ministry there he was awarded a DD from Hanover College, Indiana in 1877, and became known as the ‘Champion of Evangelical Protestantism’.

However, he returned to Ireland in 1879 and became minister of Galway Presbyterian Church and shortly after was awarded an LLD by the Royal University of Ireland (1881).  His ministry in Galway was very short as he died in 1881.

Two of the Rev Robb’s sons held important positions in Northern Ireland society:

Dr Alexander Gardner Robb, 1866-1940, the eldest son,was resident physician at the Union Fever Hospital, Belfast, and became the first Medical Superintendent of Belfast City Fever Hospital at Purdysburn when it opened in 1906.  He devoted his entire life to the treatment and study of infectious diseases.

John Hanna Robb, 1873-1956, was a barrister, Ulster Unionist politician and Stormont MP for Queen’s University from 1921-1937.  He then became leader of the Northern Ireland Senate and Minister of Education (1937-43) and from 1943 sat as a county court judge.


Also, these may be of interest…

Toronto Public Library – Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto

Archeion – Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto

Canadiana – Annals of Sixty Years, Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto


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Binns Organ Centenary Festival at May Street Church

100 years in the piping.

Binns Organ

 

Details of the events on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and  Saturday 18 October 2014.

 

View the May Street Church website.


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Exodus or Exile? A Story of “Porting” across the Foyle

The next lecture the 2014-15 PHSI Programme -

Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 8.00 pm

Kilfennan Presbyterian Church, Londonderry

Exodus or Exile? A Story of “Porting” across the Foyle

The Very Rev Dr Rob Craig


Kilfennan Presbyterian Church

View the Kilfennan Presbyterian Church website

 

Address:
Kilfennan Presbyterian Church
54 Rossdowney Road
Londonderry
BT47 6ST

KPC Location

Car park entrance via Grangewood Park


Great James Street Location

Great James Street Presbyterian Church (Heritage Trail)


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First Derry Archives – Plantation and Penal Laws

First Derry Presbyterian - Plantation and Penal Laws

New website www.plantationandpenallawsinderry.com now available.


See also First Derry Presbyterian Church and The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre at DiscoverNorthernIreland.com


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James Orr (1770-1816): Poet, Presbyterian and Romantic

Radical Religion Seminar Series

“James Orr (1770-1816): Poet, Presbyterian and Romantic”
by Carol Baraniuk (University of Ulster)

4.00pm – 5.00pm, Tuesday 7 October 2014,
ICHR Common Room, 18 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN

The poet James Orr (1770-1816), from the Presbyterian, Scots-speaking County Antrim village of Ballycarry, experienced a brief period of fame during the 1800s when he published a volume of verse and became a regular contributor to Belfast newspapers and journals.

Institute for Collabrative Research in the HumanitiesICRH Events Web Page

Please address all enquiries to :

Crawford Gribben
Professor of Early Modern British History
Queen’s University School of History and Anthropology
15 University Square
Belfast BT7 1NN

[ c.gribben@qub.ac.uk ].


More Orr …


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The Church Outside the Walls – Joymount Presbyterian

You might be interested in attending the launch of ‘The Church Outside the Walls. A History of Joymount Presbyterian Church 1852-2012’ by the Rev Derek Weir MBE.

It will be held on Monday 22 September at 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall (Town Hall), Carrickfergus.

RSVP to the church administrator, Jim Bodles  – bodles7dw@btinternet or tel 028 9335 0926.


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Rev Dr James Craig (Hamburg) – further reading material

Rev Dr James Craig During his recent lecture at Ballycairn Presbyterian Church on the
Rev Dr James Craig, Dr Nicholas Railton referred to the book by Jane Craig, the subject’s daughter. The text is available on the WWW -
The Gospel on the Continent – Incidents in the Life of Rev Dr James Craig, M.A., B.D., Ph.D.

A paper by Dr Railton on the Rev James Craig was published in the Mishkan Journal –
Mishkan – No. 65 (2010) – pages 43-58 – Rev James Craig, Irish Presbyterian Missionary to German Jews.

These texts may also be of interest to those who were unable to attend the lecture.


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