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Symposium on the First World War

on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 8.00pm
in Malone Presbyterian Church
452 Lisburn Road, Belfast BY9 6GT

‘How the First World War was Commemorated
and the Effects of the War on Society’

  • Dr Paul Gray – The Effects of the War on Society
  • Mr Nigel Henderson – First World War Memorials
  • Mr Philip Orr – The Battle of the Somme
  • Dr Colin Walker – Role of the Rev Gilbert Paton, M.C., Army Chaplain, and Commemoration of the War at Malone

Everyone welcome. Refreshments provided.

Malone Presbyterian Church

The Church is located at the junction of the Lisburn Road and Balmoral Avenue.
Car park access is from the Lisburn Road.


The PHSI Blog (PHSIreland.org) content is now incorporated into the new PHSI website on its News & Events page. Followers of this “old” blog need to sign up through the new website to continue to receive notification of new blog posts.

The PHSI Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PHSIreland) normally gets status updates for the items posted in the Blog.

PHSI Field Trip – Saturday 18 June 2016

to visit Churches and other Presbyterian related sites
in Newtownabbey and South Antrim

More details


This PHSI Blog (PHSIreland.org) content is now incorporated into the new PHSI website on the News & Events page.  Followers of this “old” blog need to sign up through the new website to continue to receive notification of new blog posts.

The PHSI Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PHSIreland) normally gets status updates for items posted in the Blog.


The Rentouls – a Presbyterian Dynasty

PHSI Programme 2016-17At McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church,
161 Malone Road,
Belfast BT9 6TA.

The next PHSI lecture will be at 8.00pm on
Thursday 10 March 2016
when the Very Rev Dr John Lockington will present
The Rentouls – a Presbyterian Dynasty
an account of a remarkable family which produced 15 ministers over a period of four generations, including one who was killed in action in France in World War 1.

All are invited to this public lecture.

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at 7.15pm.

Visit the McCracken Memorial website.

PHSI Publications by the Very Rev Dr John Lockington:
Dr Robert Stewart – Cooke’s Lieutenant
Robert Blair of Bangor
Johnston of Tullylish

Also available: Robert Blair of Bangor – an Autobiography.
This publication includes an introduction which is the text of lecture given in 1991 by Dr Lockington.


PHSI Events Programme for 2016-17 Published

PHSI Programme 2016-17Thursday 10 March 2016
McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast
7.15pm Annual General Meeting
8.00pm The Rentouls: A Presbyterian Dynasty
By the Very Rev Dr John Lockington
An account of a remarkable family which produced 15 ministers over a period of four generations, including one who was killed in France in World War 1.

Thursday 21 April 2016
8.00pm Malone Presbyterian Church, Belfast
Symposium on the First World War
with Dr Paul Gray, Mr Nigel Henderson, Mr Philip Orr and Dr Colin Walker
How the 1st World War was commemorated and the effects of the war on society.

Thursday 5 May 2016
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture
150 years of the Presbyterian Orphan and Children’s Society
By Dr Paul Gray
From the impassioned pleas of its founders in the 1860s and the groundswell of Presbyterian philanthropy, to its continued relevance today in the field of welfare, the Society’s story is told from sources never before accessed.

Wednesday 25 May 2016
Visit to Magee College
(Details to be confirmed)

Saturday 18 June 2016 9.30am
Society’s Field Trip to the Newtownabbey and South Antrim area

Thursday, 22 September 2016
8.00pm Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn
Scots Settlement and Presbyterianism in Connaught
By Jack Johnston
Tracing the development of Scots settlers into North Connaught in the 17th century, mainly from Donegal and Fermanagh, the setting up of early Presbyterian congregations and the establishment of the Connaught Presbytery in 1825.

Saturday 15 October 2016 2.30pm
Portrush Presbyterian Church
The Rev Jonathan Simpson of Portrush
By the Rev Dr Joseph Thompson
Mission worker in the south and west of Ireland, biblical expositor and evangelist, leader in the 1859 Revival and Father of Portrush Lifeboat.

Thursday 17 November 2016
8.00pm Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast
The Division of Ireland and its effect on the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
By Professor Eugenio Biagini, Cambridge University
A fresh look at some of the consequences for the Presbyterian Church and its members of turbulent times and constitutional change.

Thursday 16 February 2017
8.00pm Templepatrick Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
The Ballycarry Session Book, 1704-68
By the Rev Dr John Nelson
An insight into the working of a Presbyterian congregation in the early 18th century.

Thursday 23 March 2017
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast
7.15pm Annual General Meeting
8.00pm The Original Secession Church in Ireland 1841-1956
By the Very Rev Dr Godfrey Brown
The beliefs, problems and demise of this group of Seceders who did not join the union of Synods in 1840.

Wednesday 26 April 2017 2.00pm
Visit to Culturlann, former Broadway Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Thursday 4 May 2017
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture
Professor J. E. Davey and the Heresy Trial, 1927
By Dr Andrew Holmes, Queen’s University, Belfast
An overview, within a broad cultural, intellectual and theological context, of the heresy trial of J. Ernest Davey, Professor of Church History, Presbyterian College, Belfast, who was accused of being a ‘modernist’.

Saturday 17 June 2017
Society’s Field Trip to Mid-Ulster


The PHSIreland.org blog is being relocated to within the Society’s website – visit www.presbyterianhistoryireland.com/blog/.

PHSI Lecture: Presbyterian Protest and the Pentland Rising, 1666

The next PHSI lecture will be at 8pm on Thursday 18 February 2016 when the Rev Professor Robert McCollum will talk on ‘Presbyterian Protest and the Pentland Rising, 1666’.

It will cover the involvement of Ulster Presbyterians in the turbulent times that followed the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 with particular reference to ‘Blood’s’ Plot, 1663, an attempt to seize Dublin Castle and the Lord Lieutenant, and the Battle of Rullion Green, near Edinburgh, in 1666 when the Covenanters rose in defence of civil and religious liberty.

The lecture will be held in Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church, 49 Nettlehill Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 3HE.

image - Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland website – Origins of the Church
For the History and Fasti see The Covenanters in Ireland: A History of the Congregations


PHSI Lecture: The Very Rev Dr Jack Weir

on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 8.00pm
in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church,
447 Beersbridge Road, Belfast BT5 5DW

‘The Very Rev Dr Jack Weir’

image of Rev Dr Andrew John (Jack) Weir

The last Presbyterian Missionary to leave China,
involved in the Feakle talks to bring peace to Northern Ireland
and a former Clerk of the General Assembly of PCI.

by Rev Dr Bill Addley

Everyone welcome – Refreshments provided

Read more about The life and times of Jack Weir on the PCI website.

Visit the Bloomfield Presbyterian Churchwebsite.


Rev Henry Montgomery, 1788-1865

Image of Rev Henry MontgomeryCommemorative Events to mark the 150th Anniversary of the death of the Rev Henry Montgomery, 1788-1865, Champion of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterians in Ireland.

Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Reception and Launch in the Library, Christ Church Building, Royal Belfast Academical Institution (Inst). Speakers include Dr Roger Courtney and Rev William McMillan MBE. Refreshments will be served and there will be some musical items.

Friday 13th November 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Commemorative Dinner in the McCleery Hall, Dunmurry Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. Speakers will be the well known historian Dr Éamon Phoenix and Mrs Linda Ballard. Tickets cost £15 per head and are available from Church Secretary, Mrs Margaret Graham, at 028 9061 0644.

Sunday 15th November 2015 at 3.00 p.m.
A Thanksgiving Service in the Dunmurry Church. The guest speaker will be Rev Chris Hudson MBE. There will be contributions from others within the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church during the service.



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