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Dr James Denham, Preacher, Pastor and Defender of Presbyterianism

Booklet Cover ImageDenham ministered in Brigh, Co. Tyrone, 1826-37 and then moved to Great James Street in Londonderry where he served from 1837 to 1870.

He was no sooner installed in Great James Street when he became embroiled in a controversy following 4 sermons preached by the Rev Archibald Boyd against dissenters and Presbyterians in particular. These sermons were later printed in the Londonderry Sentinel. James Denham along with three other ministers felt obliged to reply in a series of sermons which were published shortly afterwards in ‘Presbyterianism Defended’.

Denham was a leading figure in the affairs of Derry Presbytery and in Londonderry City Mission. He became Moderator of the General Synod of Ulster in 1839 at a crucial time of discussions between the Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod, both of which united to become the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1840.

This new publication,  No.14 in the PHSI ‘Mini Biography’ Series, by the Rev Ivor F Smith presents the material under the headings after an introduction – Minister of Brigh, Minister of Great James Street, The Derry Controversy, The Wider Church, and The 1859 Revival.  The author delivered the PHSI Lecture on Denham in October 2013.

The publication may be bought online from the PHSI.


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The Adair Narrative

Book - Irish Presbyterian Church 1623-1670 by Patrick AdairA True Narrative of the Rise and Progress of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1623-1670’, also known as ‘The Adair Narrative‘, by the Rev Patrick Adair has been re-printed by the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland with an introduction by the Rev Joseph Thompson.

This is the first contemporary account of the history of Presbyterianism in Ireland.

The hardback book was priced at £20.00 – and is now offered at £10.00 plus delivery.  Order it online.

See more details about the book.


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The Bulletin – Volume 39 (2015)

Volume 39 (2015) of The Bulletin of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has been published.

Bulletin 39 2015

Articles

  • ‘Poor Dark Connaught’: an Irish Presbyterian case study
    – by Rev Prof Laurence Kirkpatrick
  • The Presbyterian Mission in Kerry 1840-1860
    – by Mr Hugh O’Reilly
  • The Reverend Samuel Dunlop: an early pioneer in Irish Mission
    – by Very Rev Dr A W G Brown

Book Reviews

Reviewer: Rev Douglas Armstrong

  • The Church outside the Walls – Compiled and Written by Rev W Derek Weir, MBE, BA, BD.

Reviewer: Dr Joseph Thompson

  • Dr James Denham: Preacher, Pastor and Defender of Presbyterianism – by Rev Ivor Smith
    Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland

Reviewer: Rev Ivor Smith

  • Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church – 100 Years
  • Dr Robert Stewart ‘Cooke’s Lieutenant’ – by John Lockington
    Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland
  • Presbyterianism in the city of Armagh – by Rev Joseph Thompson BA, BD, MTh, PhD, DD, FRHistS.
    The Mall Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland

Enquiries about purchasing The Bulletin may be made to the Librarian by email to phsilibrarian@pcinet.org or by telephone to 028 9072 7330.


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New Publication: Dr Robert Stewart – “Cooke’s Lieutenant”

Bookley Title: Dr Robert StewartThe Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has published a further booklet (No. 13) in its Biography Series documenting the life of the Rev Dr Robert Stewart, D.D.,1783-1852, by the Very Rev Dr John Lockington.

A parish minister who served for 43 years in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church the Rev Dr Stewart was actively involved both in the General Synod of Ulster (Moderator 1816-7) and in the newly formed General Assembly (Moderator 1843-4).

He strongly opposed the new national school system introduced in 1831, was involved in the controversy over the legality of Presbyterian marriages, played a crucial part in the negotiations between the government and the Belfast Academical Institution that made it possible for students for the ministry to receive their entire training in Belfast and was one of the early promoters of overseas mission.

However, it was his support for the Rev Dr Henry Cooke in the confrontations over Arianism within the Synod of Ulster and the famous debate in 1827 which lasted for 3 days with the parish priest of Ballymena over papal supremacy that made him a well known figure in Presbyterian circles.

Cost £3.00


PHSI Publications


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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1840-1990


General Assembly 150 YearsThe General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1840-1990
A Celebration of Irish Presbyterian Witness
during a century and a half

A collection of Essays edited by
R F G Holmes and R Buick Knox

Published by
The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, 1990


The First General Assembly and the steps leading to its Formation
– by The Rev W D Bailie

The General Assembly and Evangelism
– by The Rev Dr Joseph Thompson

The Ulster Revival of 1859 and the Development of Irish Presbyterianism
– by The Rev Dr W J H McKee

The History of the Home Mission
– by The Very Rev Dr T J Simpson

Presbyterianism in the South and West of Ireland, 1840-1990: A Selective Review
– by The Rev Dr W O’Neill

Presbyterian “Alternative Schools” in the Nineteenth Century
– by Dr R J Rodgers

“Cherchez la Femme”: Women in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and in Society, 1840-1990
– by Mrs Alison McCaughan BA

The General Assembly and Education
– by The Rev Professor T S Reid

One Hundred and Fifty Years of Worship – A Survey
– by The Rev Dr R S Tosh

The General Assembly and Politics
– by The Rt Rev Principal R F G Holmes

The General Assembly and Society
– by The Rev Dr J M Barkley

Church Relations within Ireland 1904-1948
– by The Rev W D Bailie

Church Relations within Ireland 1948-1990
– by The Rev Dr J M Barkley

The Church in Ireland and the Church beyond Ireland
– by The Rev Dr R Buick Knox


This book is available for purchase from the Society –
cost: £2 collected, £5 to a UK address.


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The Bulletin – Volume 37 (2013)

Volume 37 (2013) of The Bulletin of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has been published.

Articles

  • Bulletin Volume 37Presbyterian in Ireland under Threat
    – The Ejection of 1661
    by Rev Prof R L W McCollum
    (The text of the Lecture delivered to a meeting of the Society at Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church on
    16 February 2012.)
  • The Rev. William Crawford, M.A., D.D.
    – A Man of Many Parts
    by Very Rev Dr A W Godfrey Brown
    (The text of the Lecture delivered to a meeting of the Society at RBAI on
    16 September 2010.)
  • Father and Son: the Two Robert Lynds
    – Orator and Essayist

    by Kenneth Robinson

Book Reviews

  • Mark S Sweetnam (Editor):
    The Minutes of the Antrim Ministers’ Meeting 1654-8
    reviewed by Rev Joseph Thompson.
  • The Covenanters in Ireland 
    – reviewed by Very Rev Dr John W Lockington.
  • Donald Alexander:
    The Parkgate Presbyterians People and Kirk over Four Centuries, The First Donegore Story
    reviewed by Valerie Adams.
  • Mark O’Neill:
    Frederick, The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria
    – reviewed by Very Rev Dr A W Godfrey Brown.
  • Bill Addley:
    Dr James Glasgow
    – reviewed by Rev Ivor F Smith.

Library Corner

  • The Robert Allen Memorial Lectures 1971-2012

Members entitled to a copy of The Bulletin should receive it shortly.

Enquiries about purchasing The Bulletin may be made to the Librarian by email phsilibrarian@pcinet.org or by telephone 028 9072 7330.


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Patrick Adair of Cairncastle

The article Patrick Adair of Cairncastle by Seamus O Saothrai is available on the website of the Glens of Antrim Historical Society.


Irish Presbyterian Church 1623-1670
by Patrick Adair

Published by the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland

Book - Irish Presbyterian Church 1623-1670 by Patrick AdairA reprint of the earliest contemporary account of the rise and development of Presbyterianism in Ireland in the 17th century, originally published in 1866 by Rev Dr W D Killen – A True Narrative of the Rise and Progress of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland by the Rev Patrick Adair, Minister of Belfast.  It includes a new introduction by the Rev Dr Joseph Thompson.

Patrick Adair was born in 1624 in Galloway, Scotland, and educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow. Ordained at Cairncastle, Co Antrim, he later became minister of the Presbyterian congregation in Belfast. He was one of the leaders of Irish Presbyterianism in the 17th century and is its first historian. He died in 1694.

This book priced £20 is available from the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, 26 College Green, Belfast BT7 1LN.


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