Ulster Scots Connections: People, Place and Practice

Next Lecture in the Series:
Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 1.00 pm

“Edward Bruce in Ulster, 1315″
by Dr William Roulston
in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Ulster Scots Connections 1Ulster Scots Connections 2


The Covenanters in Ireland: A History of the Congregations

Covenanters in IrelandThis definitive volume has brought together the histories of each of the Reformed Presbyterian congregations in Ireland along with the history of RP missions. Of great importance is the inclusion of the ‘Fasti’ – a brief biographical sketch of all Irish Covenanter ministers who have completed their earthly service.

Here is recorded the movement of the Spirit of God among a people over more than three centuries of distinct Covenanter witness in Ireland.

The book is available from the Covenanter Bookshop.


Anne Jane Carlile – Trinity Presbyterian Bailieborough

Anne Jane Carlile

Anne Jane Carlile – Plaque Unveiling

The Ulster History Circle will honour Anne Jane Carlile, Temperance Pioneer, with a Blue Plaque at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bailieborough, County Cavan. On Friday 8th May 2015 Heather Humphreys Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will unveil the plaque at 7pm. Refreshments will be served and everyone is most welcome to attend.

Anne Jane Hamill was born at Rooskey, Co. Monaghan in 1775. In 1800 she married the Rev. Francis Carlile minister of Second Bailieborough (Urcher) and Corraneary. One son and six daughters were born during their marriage which lasted a mere eleven years as the Rev. Carlile died suddenly in 1811. Anne Jane and her children moved to Londonderry and some years later settled in Dublin. She became involved in temperance work and prison reform, forming a temperance society in Poolbeg Street, Dublin in 1830.

She spoke frequently on the temperance cause in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout England. Anne Jane Carlile is best remembered as the co-founder of the Band of Hope, in Leeds, in July 1847.

View the Events at Trinity Bailieborough web page for more details.

View the entry in the Dictionary of Ulster Biography.


Robert Allen Memorial Lecture 2015

The next lecture in the PHSI Programme is the Robert Allen Memorial Lecture –

Archibald McIlroy, successful businessman, Presbyterian elder and writer of stories of Ulster rural life in the Ulster-Scots dialogue’
– tragically drowned when the Lusitania sunk on 7 May 1915

by The Very Rev Dr Donald Patton
on Thursday 7th May 2015 at 8.00 p.m.
in Union Theological College, 108 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JT.

‘Lusitania torpedoed by German Pirate. Huns carry out their threat to Murder!’ With this front page headline the Daily Mirror announced the sinking of the ocean liner by a German U-Boat off the South West coast of Ireland on May 7th, 1915. Of the 1959 passengers and crew on board, 1198 were lost, including Ulsterman, Archibald Mcilroy. Born near Ballyclare in 1859 he became a successful Belfast businessman, a member of Down County Council, and Presbyterian elder, who emigrated to Edmonton, Canada, in 1912, to do evangelistic work with the Presbyterian Church of Canada. He was well-known as a writer of stories of Ulster rural life, preserving Ulster Scots dialogue in which there is a present day revival of interest, and described as Ulster’s equivalent to J.M.Barrie and Ian McLaren of the Scottish Kailyard genre.

More about the Robert Allen Memorial Lectures


Bready RPC 250 – Foyle Valley Covenanters

On Friday, 8 May 2015 at 8pm, Dr William Roulston will give a talk entitled ‘Foyle Valley Covenanters – a history of Bready Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1765-2015’ – at Bready Reformed Presbyterian Church, Victoria Road, Bready, County Tyrone.
Bready 250 Flyer

In the middle of the eighteenth century a community of Covenanters in the Foyle Valley emerged from the shadows to form a congregation. The first minister was ordained in 1765 and six years later a site at Bready was secured for a meeting house. Since then the members of this small but significant congregation have been active in preserving a Reformed Presbyterian witness in the district as well as contributing to many other aspects of local life.

The new book by Dr Roulston, all being well, will be available on the night of the talk.

Bready Reformed Presbyterian Church website


Autobiography of a Country Parson – Rev J R Dill

A County Parson - DillNew Acquisition for the PHSI Library

The PHSI library has acquired a copy of the ‘Autobiography of a Country Parson’ by the Rev James Reid Dill, Dromore, Co Tyrone’ (1892).

He was born in 1814 in Springfield, Co Donegal and was brought up by his father as his mother died when he was just 5 years of age. Initially tutored privately by his uncle and cousin he then went to public school at Ramelton which was under the superintendence of the Rev Edward Reid, a brother of the historian, the Rev Dr J Seaton Reid. At the age of 15 he entered Glasgow University and was called to minister in Dromore, Co Tyrone in 1834 at just 21.

This is a most interesting and engaging story of his life and his life-work and covers not only his congregational work but key events of the time including the Union of the General Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod, the Famine, the 1859 Revival, the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, and the First Home Rule Bill.

The Rev Dill retired in 1887 after 53 years in the ministry.


174 Trust and the former Duncairn Presbyterian Church

On Wednesday 15 April at 2.00pm the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland is to visit the 174 Trust. We will have a tour of the former church building and the new facilities and a talk. This will be followed by a cup of tea.  We hope you will take the opportunity to find out about the work of the Trust.

174 Trust LogoThe 174 Trust is located at Duncairn Avenue in what was once Duncairn Presbyterian Church that has now been converted into Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts.   The Centre is North Belfast’s first purpose built Arts and Culture shared space venue.  Costing £3.5 million it consists of art studios, an exhibition area, a community meeting room and a 170 seater theatre/performance area, a café and conference rooms.

The 174 Trust was founded in 1982 by a group of concerned Christians including members of two local churches – Duncairn Presbyterian and Antrim Road Baptist.  It offers opportunities and assistance to people of all ages and supports community development based on building relationships with local people, working together to identify and meet local needs.

Location map – Metro 1A/B/C/D Bus Service from Upper Queen Street to New Lodge Road.

In the PHSI Library:
Duncairn Presbyterian Church, 1862-1962 – Tom A Cromey – 1987
Community History of Duncairn Presbyterian Church – Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts – 2014

174 Trust on Facebook

The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts



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