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1st Castlederg Presbyterian Church Seatholders 1878/79
Extracted from the Book "A Short History of 1st Castlederg, Presbyterian Church"
by R.S.K.Neill, 1993 printed by The Tyrone Constitution.

Transcribed by Teena



The system of the Presbyterian Church government has the meaning "rule by elders.". Ruling elders are the 'lay' people who have been elected locally and ordained to office. There is also a "teaching elder'- the Minister who is trained full-time for his work. Together- these elders form the "Kirk" session, which is the controlling body with specific powers in spiritual matters. The 'Committee" is different, in that their purpose is the material, financial and overall upkeep of the congregations property. Each "congregation" is represented at a "presbytery", a group of congregations, in a very defined area. The elder and the minister are those who attend the presbytery. The church is also under the rule of the "Synod"- a group of presbyteries, and the highest ruling body is the General Assembly. The first Presbtery meeting in Ulster, was held 10 June 1642 at Carrickfergus, by 5 ministers and 4 elders. During the 17th C many ministers were arrested and there was a fine of 100 if the Lords Supper was celebrated. Many Presbyterian places of worship were built a mile outside of a town or village. This is because the law forbade them to practise their religion and prevented them from building near a settled community. First Castlederg at Garvetagh is an example of this. Dissenter is another name for Presbyterianism.

- The town of Castlederg (or Derg ) was originally called Churchtown,
- The Castle was built in 1619
- Drumquin was originally called Kirlish
-The 1st 2 presby. churches in the area were Ardstraw founded before 1656 and Urney dating back to 1654
- The first minister of Derg was Mr John Dunlop (or Delap) ordained 15 Dec 1710 he died 29 Nov 1713
- The test act of 1704 (barring presbyterians from civil and military office) A drought in 1717, and famines in 1728 and 1740 were causes of large emigration to America


List of seatholders in the 1st Castlederg Presbyterian Church 1878/79.
From the Book "A short History of 1st Castlederg, Presbyterian Church by
R.S.K.Neill, 1993 printed by The Tyrone Constitution. If your
folks are from here, this a great resource.

Andrew LOVE
Andrew GAILEY
James ALLISON
Robert MOORE
Wm SPROULE
Andrew VERNER Jr.
David CRAIG Sr.
James CRAIG
David M'INTYRE
Mrs Robert M'INTYRE
Wm. RUTLEDGE
Robert M'FARLAND
Wm. PORTER (binn)
James HEMPHILL
John T. R. JOHNSTON
Mathew VERNER (Goland)
John LECKY Jr.
Wm. COOEY
Wm. PORTER
James PORTER
Robert GENTLES
David HENDERSON
Wm. HENDERSON
John LECKY Sr.
John MOORE
John HEMPHILL
Robert HUEY
Wm. GAMBLE
Wm. KNOX
Goerge BEATTY
Robert LOVE
James CRAWFORD
Robert SPROULE
Andrew DEERY
Mrs George SPROULE
William WILSON
Mrs VERNER
Joseph SPROULE
Charles WINTERS
Mathew WAUCHOP
John M'CUTCHEON
John NELSON
Arthur IRWIN
David AIKEN
Joseph WHITTON
Robert WAUCHOP
John WHITE
Robert HEMPHILL
Mre. LEITCH
Robert RUTLEDGE
Wm. M'FARLAND
James M'GRANAGHAN
Alexander YOUNG
Robert YOUNG
John RUTLEDGE
Mathew VERNER (Kilrail)
James BEATTY
Wm. HAMILTON
James FFYFE
Robert FFYFE
John NEILANDS
Joseph AIKEN
Andrew VERNER Sr
John LOVE
Mrs LOVE
Charles LOVE
John CROCKETT
James GAMBLE
Miss SPROULE
John SCOTT
James VERNER
Thomas M'CORMICK
James SPROULE
James FORBES
Andrew SPROULE
George RUTLEDGE
Andrew FORBES (Clare)
James ROBINSON
Robert CLARKE
Wm STEVENSON
James CRAWFORD
John RANKIN
Miss LECKY
Charles STEWART
Richard IRWIN
A. IRWIN (Crawfordstown)
Alexander ADAMS
Mrs W JOHNSTON
Robert IRWIN
David CRAIG
Dr. J.W.KENNEDY
John R GAILEY
Mrs WRIGHT
James M'GRORY
Alex M'CARRON
Charles HEMPHILL Sr.
Joseph HEMPHILL
John FORBES
Wm WELDON
John FORBES Jr
Rob't M'KEOWN (Bridgehill)
Robert PATRICK
John ROULSTON
Andrew ROULSTON
David HUNTER
Charles HEMPHILL Jr
James VERNER
Thomas SIMPSON
John HENDERSON
Mrs S HEMPHILL
Robert GAILEY
Noble CALDWELL
Andrew IRWIN
Wm EMERY
Wm SPROULE
Arthur TURNER
Thomas FORBES
James KERR
James WELDON
Hugh MOORE
J. VERNER Jr
Mrs John M'KEOWN
William John MAGEE
Thomas IRWIN
Mrs John GINN
Hugh GREER
John M'CAIN
R. M'KEOWN (Meencaragh)
Samuel MOORE Sr
Margaret KERR
Arthur LYTLE
Andrew CRAWFORD
Allen SCOTT
Wm ROBINSON Sr
Wm ROBINSON Jr
James LYTTLE
David DUMBAR
Mrs SLOAN
John SPROULE
John LIVINGSTON
James SCOTT
Samuel M'KEOWN
James PATTERSON
Mrs KENNEDY
John HAMILTON
David BLACK
Samuel LIVINGSTON
Robert LYTTLE
Samuel MOORE Jr
David JOHNSTON
John M'CARRON
Andrew MOORE
Charles MOORE
Joseph LYTTLE
Robert LECKY
Wm IRWIN
Rev James M'CAY
Robert THOMPSON
Stipend pad to Rev J M'Cay 80.14.5




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