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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.

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