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Petition of Protestant Dissenters of Strabane Town and Neighbourhood 1775


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Petition of Protestant Dissenters of Strabane Town and Neighbourhood 1775

Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com



PROTESTANT DISSENTERS (as PRESBYTERIANS were disparagingly termed) were barred from holding public office because of their beliefs. Presbyterian congregations across Ireland petitioned the parliament in Dublin for repeal of the Test Act which required all office holders, i.e. magistrates, burgesses etc. to be communicant members of the Established Church. Clearly, not all members of the Presbyterian congregation in Strabane signed: some may have been beholden to a landlord belonging to the Established Church.

Very few such petitions have survived; in Co. Tyrone only those referred to below remain and are available for consultation at PRONI, Belfast

Benburb town and neighbourhood;

Coagh;

Cookstown congregation;

Dungannon barony;

Dungannon town and neighbourhood;

Strabane town and neighbourhood

PRONI reference T/808//15307

The petition from Strabane is headed up by the REV. WILLIAM CRAWFORD, minister of Strabane Congregation 1776-1798.

CRAWFORD W.: Dissenting Minister

ALLEN Archibald

ARBUCKLE Joseph

BARNHILL Gabriel

BARNHILL Joseph

BEST John

BONNER James

BROWNE Joseph

BROWNE Thomas

BUCHANAN John

BURNSIDE John

CAMPBLE Allen

CAMPBLE William

COCHRANE Robert

COOPER John

CRAWFORD Alexander

FENTON Benjamin

FLEMING James

FLEMING Patrick

FULLERTON Seth

GAMBLE Andrew

HASTY Robert

HOUSTON Hugh

HOUSTON John

JAMIESON Robert

KERR Robert

KEYS John

KNOX James

KNOX James

KNOX James

KNOX John

KNOX Thomas

LEECH George

McCLENAGHAN Charles

McCREA Moses

McCREA William

McKOWN Samuel

MEASE Andrew

MEASE Robert

MOORE James

NELSON Robert

ORR George

ORR John

ORR William

PARKER George

PARKER John

PARKER Joseph

PATTERSON W.

PORTER William

ROSS William

SMITH James

SMITH James

SMITH Robert

SPEER David

SPROULL John

STOREY William

SUMMERVILLE John

THOMPSON Gabriel

THOMPSON Robert

WILLSON John





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