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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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Presbyterian Churches open during the EHOD 2015 Weekend

EHOD_2015The 18th European Heritage Open Days programme in Northern Ireland is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015. The EHOD 2015 Brochure page (pdf) has been published detailing the 400+ properties and events due to open to the public free of charge. Several Presbyterian Churches are included among the 400+ properties and events listed.

  • May Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast
  • First Presbyterian Church, Belfast
  • Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast
  • Shaftesbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church, Belfast
  • First Presbyterian Church, Armagh
  • First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Holywood
  • Ballee Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
  • Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
  • First Lisburn Presbyterian Church
  • Rademon Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Meeting House
  • First Saintfield Presbyterian Church
  • Riverside Reformed Presbyterian Church, Newry

Take this opportunity to find out about the history of these buildings and congregations that have used them.

Check for any updates and amendments to the EHOD 2015 programme.

See also the EHODNI Facebook page for photographs and more details on many of the venues and events.


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Foyle Valley Covenanters – a new book for the PHSI Library

cover image - Foyle Valley CovenantersBready Reformed Presbyterian Church was one of the early Covenanter congregations formed in Ulster in the 18th century. This new book by WillIam Roulston traces the history of Bready Reformed Presbyterian Church, Co Tyrone, from 1765 to 2015 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the church. 1765 was when the first minister was ordained but it was six years later before the 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.

After a brief introduction giving a concise history of the Covenanters in Ireland, the next chapters in the book cover the events during the period of each of the successive ministers, the life and work of the church and the building of the meeting house. Covenanters have a tradition of political dissent which is dealt with from the point of view of Bready congregation.

Family historians will appreciate an entire chapter on families associated with the congregation.

Very well illustrated, including a colour photograph of a page from a rare Psalm tune book, 1799, that belonged to Elizabeth Stevenson of Gortmellon, the book is priced at £10.00.

It is available in person from the Bready congregation (www.breadyrpc.org/contact.htm) or from the Covenanter Bookshop at Knockbracken. Online purchases can be made through www.booksireland.org.uk. The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has some copies for sale to personal callers to the Library.

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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


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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.


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Anne Jane Carlile – Trinity Presbyterian Bailieborough

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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.


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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.
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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


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