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Monreagh Presbyterian Church, Taughboyne Parish, Carrigans, Co. Donegal, Ireland
History & Records of the Congregation 1644-1976

Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com
Monreagh Presbyterian Church near Carrigans, Co. Donegal
Monreagh Old Manse (now Monreagh Ulster-Scots Heritage & Education Centre)

 

Monreagh Presbyterian Church

Monreagh Presbyterian Church was established in 1644 and is the oldest Presbyterian church in Donegal. Its first minister, Reverend Robert Cunningham, represented the Irish Presbyterians before the church of Scotland and the Parliament in London. His successor, in 1655, was the Reverend John Hart from Hamilton, Scotland. He was deposed by the second Bishop Leslie of Raphoe in 1661. In 1664 he was imprisoned in Lifford jail along with three other ministers and held for six years for refusing to accept the bishop’s primacy in religious affairs. The Monreagh Heritage Centre is based in the former manse.

Thanks to Monreagh Heritage Centre


 

History of the Congregation

MONREAGH: Taughboyne or Taboyne or Taboin

Extracted from A History of Congregations in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1610-1982 (Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast 1982)

Monreagh if the oldest of the five congregations in the Laggan maintain a fine influence and usefulness to this date (1976). The first minister, Rev. Robert Cunningham, who was here in 1645, had been an Episcopal minister, but he was later chosen to lay the petition of Irish Presbyterians before the Church of Scotland, and, if necessary, to appear in Parliament in London to “obtain redress and to urge them to take steps to extend to Ulster the ecclesiastical reforms which they had already extended to England”. It was largely due to him that a supply of ministers was sent to the Laggan.

He was followed by the Rev. John Hart, who came from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1655. He was evidently a worthy man and Cromwell invited him to a conference in Dublin in 1658 to try to settle the ecclesiastical differences which the Protector found so rife in Ireland. Mr. Hart was deposed in 1661 by Leslie, Bishop of Raphoe. He was imprisoned in 1664 along with three others and held there for six years. He was still in Monreagh (Taboin) in 1685 and died in Jan. 1687.

In the following year, 1688, a call was made out to Mr. Leggatt of Dromore, but the next settled minister appears to have been Rev. Neil Gray of Clogher. He had been forced to go to Scotland in the troubles of 1688, but had certainly settled here at the end of 1689. In 1692 Clogher tried hard to persuade Synod to make him return to them, but on account of his age and infirmity he was allowed to remain at Taboin. His health declined and his son, William Gray was ordained as his assistant and successor on 18 Oct. 1699. The father died on 3 March 1715 and the son was suspended for having been irregularly married in 1711. He was disciplined by his presbytery and then restored to his charge. In 1721 he was appointed moderator of the General Synod and at the same time the congregation of Ushers’s Quay, Dublin, called him as their minister. Monreagh resisted the move but the Synod agreed to it and he went to Dublin in 1722 where he ministered to 1727. He then took part in the founding of St. Johnston congregation, Co. Donegal. He was prone to taking legal short cuts and for certain irregularities over all this he was deposed. He died on 23 Aug. 1730 and the new congregation was sanctioned by the General Synod in 1731.

The next minister in Monreagh was Rev. William Cornwall, son of Rev. Gabriel Cornwall, one of the early arrivals from Scotland, ordained in Bushmills in 1655. His son William had been ordained in Clogher and came here after two years on Casco Bay, U. S. A. He was installed here in 1722 and resigned in 1725, but does not seem to have held a charge after this. His name appears afterwards in the list of the Derry Presbytery for only two years. He was followed by Rev. William Boyd of Macosquin, installed on 25 Apr. 1725, and intense strife took place between the congregation and the new erection at St. Johnston. The Synod were often forced to intervene. Nevertheless a new meeting house was built in Mr. Boyd’s time before he died on 2 May 1772.

The congregation they called the Rev. Patrick Davison, a Scot, born in Morayshire. He was installed by the Route Presbytery on 9 Jan. 1776, and was an avowed Unitarian of Arian principles. The Monreagh (Taboin) people did not appreciate his New Light doctrine, and a considerable number left and founded the new congregation of Crossroad. Mr Davison resigned in Oct. 1786 and went to U. S. A. His successor was Mr. Moses Goorley (or Gourley) (lic. Derry 1785) who was ordained by the Derry Presbytery on 1 Nov. 1787. He also emigrated to the U. S. A., resigning here on 5 Aug. 1794. A long vacancy ensued before Mr. Matthew Heron (lic. Letterkenny 1798) was ordained on 2 June 1801, and his long ministry brought stability to the congregation. He retired in 1844 and obtained the help of an assistant and successor Mr. Andrew Long (lic. Derry) who was ordained on 24 July 1845. Mr. Heron died on 27 May 1846 and Mr. Long spent his entire ministry of 25 years here. He retired here on 21 Oct. 1869 and died on 2 May 1870. One of his daughters married Sir Robert Anderson of Belfast, and another was married to Mr. James Latimer an Ahorey man (lic. Armagh) who became her father’s successor here. He was ordained on 21 Oct. 1689, but only stayed four years before going to Chateau Ave. Church, St. Louis, U. S. A., and later to First Union Church, New York. He resigned here 24 Dec. 1783.

Then came Mr. William Thompson (lic. Glendermott) who was ordained on 27 May 1874 and who resigned on 7 Nov. 1882 and went to a charge in Scotland.

Yet another short ministry to be continued to America followed by Mr Hugh Cairns (lic. Comber) was ordained 12 Apr. 1883 and resigned on 4 June 1887. The Rev. Elijah McMordie of 2nd Newtownstewart was next installed on 5 Nov. 1887. He was known as a “good scholar, a humble Christian and his life was a confirmed and forcible commentary on his preaching”. He died here on 18 July 1899.

Another long ministry followed. Mr. William George Robinson (lic. Limavady) was the son of the Rev. C. C. Robinson of Ballykelly. He was ordained here 12 July 1900, retired on 30 Sept. 1944 and died on 8 Nov. 1953. He obtained the L. L. D. from the Royal University of Ireland in 1909. Mr. Samuel Malcolm McSparron (lic. Glendermott) succeeded the Rev. Dr. Robinson, being ordained 12 Jan. 1945.



TABOYN (MONREAGH), CO DONEGAL, PRESBYTERIAN RULING ELDERS & COMMISSIONERS 1620-1700

Extracted from In the Days of the Laggan Presbytery – Rev. Alexander G. Lecky

(Davidson & McCormack, Belfast, 1908)

Available as an E-book on CoTyroneIreland.com

The following are the names of the men who attended the meetings of the Laggan Presbytery representing Monreagh Congregation between the years 1672 and 1700, as ruling elders or as commissioners, together with the names of the congregations which they represented. They were doubtless the leading men in the districts in which they lived, and their names deserve to be held in remembrance on account of the part which they took in laying the foundations of Presbyterianism in the Laggan, and for the services which they so cheerfully rendered, without fee or reward, amid much persecution and many difficulties, in maintaining a preached gospel in troublous times. In all of these congregations there are still to be found families bearing their honoured names, and in many cases they are, no doubt, the descendants of these good men – a fact they have no reason to be ashamed, but good reason to be proud of.

TABOYN (now Monreagh Congregation)

Surname Given Name
AIKINE John
ALEXANDER Archibald
ARMSTRONG Richard
BELL Wm.
BETTISON Alex.
BOLE Henry
BROWN George
COWAN Robert
GAY John
GRAHAM John
HARVEY David
HARVEY John
HOUSTON Alex.
INGLIS Wm.
KILGOUR John
LINDSAY Matthew
M’CLELLAN [McCLELLAN] Robert
M’KEAN [McKEAN/ McKANE] John
MACKIE Wm.
MARSHALL James
MOOR James
MOOR Richard
MOOR Robert
PATERSON David
PATERSON Walter
SCOTT Robert


 

PERSONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS extracted from the Londonderry Sentinel, Londonderry Standard & Northern Constitution

 Date   Notice
May 4 1833 [Married] At Athens, Tennessee, U.S., on the 18th February last, Mr. William M Heron, son of the Rev. M. Heron, of Monreagh, county Donegal, to Sarah Jane, daughter of James S. Bridges, of Athens, Esq (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 16 1839 [Died] At Cincinnati, U.S. in the 28th year of his age, William M. C. Heron, son of the Rev. M. Heron, of Monreagh, county Donegal (Londonderry Sentinel)
Mar 13 1841 [Married] On Tuesday, the 9th inst., by the Rev. Matthew Heron, Monreagh, Mr. Thomas Pinkerton, Ballyougrey, to Isabella, daughter of Mr. John Macky, Molenan (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jun 26 1841 [Married] On the 15th inst., by the Rev. Joseph McConaghey, Mr. William Cowan, Castrues, to Miss Mary McClearn, Monreagh, daughter of the late William McClearn, Esq., of St. Johnston (Londonderry Sentinel)
May 14 1842 [Died] At Monreagh, on the 4th inst., Mrs. Margaret McClearn, relict of the late Mr. William McClearn (Londonderry Sentinel)
Apr 4 1846 [Died] At his residence, Ballougry, on the 26th ult., the Rev. Matthew Heron, senior Minister of the Presbyterian Congregation of Monreagh, aged 74 years (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 21 1847 [Married] On the 10th inst., in the Presbyterian Church, Ballykelly, by the Rev. Henry Cooke, D. D., L.L.D., the Rev. Andrew Long, Monreagh, to Eliza, eldest daughter of the Rev. Richard Dill, Ballykelly, county Londonderry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 14 1849 [Died] On Wednesday morning, the 12th inst., at Monreagh, county Donegal, Mr. David McClearn (Londonderry Sentinel)
Feb 8 1850 [Birth] On Thursday week, at Monreagh, the lady of the Rev. Andrew Long, of a daughter (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jul 26 1850 [Married] On the 23rd inst., in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, Taughboyne, by the Rev. A. Long, George Rankin, Esq., of this City, to Mary Anne Wright, eldest daughter of Mr. William Cole, of Newmarket, Suffolk (Londonderry Sentinel)
Oct 4 1850 [Died] In Bishop Street, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Francis Heron, second daughter of the late Rev. M. Heron, Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Oct 18 1850 [Died] On the 14th inst., at Rock House, Jane Heron, relict of the late Rev. Mr. Heron, Presbyterian Minister of the congregation of Monreagh, after a lingering illness (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 8 1850 [Married] On the 7th inst., in Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. Henry Thompson, of Moyle, Newtowncunningham, to Mary Jane, youngest daughter of the late Dr. Alexander, of this City (Londonderry Sentinel)
Feb 6 1852 [Birth] On the 2nd inst., at Monreagh Cottage, the lady of the Rev. Andrew Long, a son (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 30 1853 [Birth] On the 27th inst., at Monreagh Cottage, the wife of the Rev. Andrew Long, of a daughter (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jul 13 1855 [Died] At Tonagh, on the 11th inst., Mr. James Rankin, aged 72 years. Deceased was a ruling elder in Monreagh Presbyterian Church, for 40 years (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 14 1855 [Birth] On the 5th inst., at Monreagh Cottage, the wife of the Rev. Andrew Long, of a daughter (Londonderry Sentinel)
May 9 1856 [Married] On the 1st inst., in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. William Chambers, Kildrum, to Jane, daughter of the late Mr. Henry Osborne, Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jan 16 1857 [Married] On the 12th inst., in the Presbyterian Church, Great James Street, Derry, by the Rev. James Denham, D. D., Mr. George S. Heron, second son of the late Rev. M. Heron, Presbyterian Minister of Monreagh, to Miss Eliza B. Brown, second daughter of Mr. James Brown, Rock, Londonderry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 18 1857 [Birth] On the 3rd inst., at Monreagh Cottage, the wife of the Rev. Andrew Long, of a daughter (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jan 15 1858 [Married] On the 31st ult., in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. James Holmes, Kiltowel, near Raphoe, to Nancy, daughter of Mr. John McNutt, Ballyougry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jul 16 1858 [Died] On the 13th inst., at his residence, Monreagh, Mr. John Osborne, in the 52nd year of his age (Londonderry Sentinel)
Feb 11 1859 [Married] On the 18th January, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, A. M., Mr. David McCrabb, The Craigs, Kennacally, to Margaret Jane, daughter of Mr. Alexander Glenn, Drumlogher (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 31 1860 [Married] August 23, in Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Andrew Long, A. M., assisted by the Rev. Robert Boyle, Raphoe, William Porter, Esq., Raphoe, to Ellen, second daughter of Henry Stewart Hamilton, Esq., Trentagh House, Parish of Taughboyne (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jul 19 1861 [Married] July 18, in the First Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Monreagh, Mr. David Rankin, of this City, to Catherine, only surviving daughter of Mr. John Rankin, Dernakally, county Donegal (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 27 1861 [Married] On the 19th September, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Raphoe, by the Rev. Andrew Long, A. M., Monreagh, assisted by the Rev. Robert Boyle, Thomas, only son of Frederick Kirkpatrick, Esq., Tubberslane, Killea, to Catherine Parker, only daughter of William Baird, Esq., Millfield, Castlefin (Londonderry Sentinel)
Dec 13 1861 [Married] December 10, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. A. Long, Mr. William Stewart, sexton of Third Presbyterian Church of this City, to Juliana, daughter of the late Mr. Timothy Robinson, of Prospect House, Carrigans (Londonderry Sentinel)
Dec 13 1861 [Married] December 7, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Mr. Long, Mr. Samuel Burns, Castruse, to Villotte, second daughter of Mr. Joseph Walker, Drumlougher (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 21 1862 [Married] November 18, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, assisted by the Rev. W.R. Black, Scriggan, Mr. William Roulstone, Castlethird, to Eleanor, daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Roulstone, Trentamucklagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Apr 28 1863 [Married] On the 21st April, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. Thomas Matson, of Glassmant, Milford, to Elizabeth, the daughter of the late Mr. Henry Osborne, of Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jul 3 1863 [Married] On the 30th June, in the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Derry, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Monreagh, Mr. Robert Rutherford, to Miss Rebecca Walker, both of Drumlougher, in the Parish of All Saints (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 11 1863 [Died] September 7, at her father's residence, Monreagh, Anne Neely, aged 16 years (Londonderry Sentinel)
Jan 15 1864 [Married] December 31, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Young, Mr. Alexander McPherson, Molenan, to Mary, daughter of Mr. John McNutt, Ballougry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 13 1864 [Married] September 8, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Robert Boyle, Mr. Hamilton Craig, Raphoe, to Martha, eldest daughter of the late Mr. James Shaw, Broadlea (Londonderry Sentinel)
Mar 10 1865 [Married] On the 7th March, in Monreagh Church, by the Rev. Andrew Long, the Rev. John Kinghan, Belfast, to Jane Gordon, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Richard Dill, Ballykelly, Londonderry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Mar 14 1865 [Married] On the 9th February, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Raphoe, by the Rev. Andrew Long, A. M., Monreagh, Mr. Thomas Baird, Inchany, Urney, to Miss Anne Donaghey, Derrymore, Taughboyne, daughter of Mr. David Donaghey, Letrim (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 1 1865 [Married] July 27, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, assisted by the Rev. John Roulstone, William Smith, Esq., Altrest, Donagheady [Co. Tyrone], to Margaret Davidson, daughter of Caldwell Motherwell, Esq., Monglass, Derry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 25 1865 [Married] August 22, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. H. C. Graham, Stranorlar, the Rev. Robert Boyle, Raphoe, to Cassy, youngest daughter of William Wilson, Esq., solicitor, Raphoe (Londonderry Sentinel)
Apr 10 1866 [Married] On the 22nd March, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. Joseph Latta, to Jane, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Speer, both of Castlethird, Parish of Taughboyne (Londonderry Sentinel)
Apr 10 1866 [Married] On the 4th April, in the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Derry, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Monreagh, Mr. Andrew Campbell, Garvery, Upper Fahan, to Isabella, daughter of Mr. Cunningham, Parkhill, Castruse (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sep 25 1866 [Died] September 21, at his residence, Monreagh, Mr. William Joseph McLearn, aged 52 years (Londonderry Sentinel)
Apr 30 1867 [Died] April 29, at her father's residence, Monreagh, of inflammation of the brain, Eliza Mitchell, daughter of the Rev. Andrew Long, aged 11 years (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 14 1866 [Married] August 2, at the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. A. Long, Mr. John Smyth, to Miss Elizabeth Hanna, both of Dunmore, Carrigans (Londonderry Sentinel)
Dec 24 1867 [Married] On the 19th December, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Joseph Maconaghy, assisted by the Rev. William McClure, Thomas J. L. Rankin, Esq., Diamond City, Montana Territory, United States, to Miss Patton, the only daughter of the late Marcus Patton, Esq., Philadelphia (Londonderry Sentinel)
May 26 1868 [Married] May 21, at Monreagh, Taughboyne, by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. William McKee, Ballgougry, to Margaret, daughter of Mr. John McNutt, Ballgougry (Londonderry Sentinel)
Mar 5 1869 [Married] March 2, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, assisted by the Rev. Robert McMorris, A. M., Manorcunningham, William C. Marshall, Esq., Leslie Hill, son of James B. Marshall, Esq., Sallybrook, to Hannah, only child of James Alexander, Esq., Drumenon, county Donegal (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 17 1869 [Married] August 12, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. A. Long, Mr. William Dickson, of Londonderry, to Lizzie, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Wilson, Monglass (Londonderry Sentinel)
Dec 3 1869 [Married] Dec. 2, at the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Professor Dill, D. D., assisted by the Rev. David Fleming, B. D., Rathfriland, the Rev. James Latimer, A. B., to Jane Gordon Dill, eldest daughter of the Rev. Andrew Long, Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Dec 21 1869 [Married] Dec. 16, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, A. M., Joseph, youngest son of Mr. John McNutt, Ballougery, to Matilda C., youngest daughter of Mr. Alexander Glenn, Drumlougher, Parish of All Saints (Londonderry Sentinel)
Feb 26 1870 [Married] Feb. 24, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Andrew Long, assisted by the Rev. James Latimer, Mr. William McPherson, jun., Ballougary, to Mary Anne, youngest daughter of Mr. Samuel Shields, Molenan (Londonderry Standard)
Feb 26 1870 [Married] Feb. 24, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. James Latimer, assisted by the Rev. Andrew Long, Mr. Thomas Mills, Edinburgh, to Maria, daughter of Mr. Joseph Thompson, Taughboyne (Londonderry Standard)
April 30 1870 [Married} April 26, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Jas. Latimer, Mr. Samuel McGuinness, Londonderry, to Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. John Colhoun, Drumlougher, county Donegal (Londonderry Standard)
Feb 22 1871 [Died] February 17, at her residence, Monreagh, Sarah, relict of the late John Osborne, aged 66 years (Londonderry Standard)
May 30 1871 [Married] May 25, in Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. S. McClure, Crossroads, Mr. James Roulstone, Mongorry, to Margaret, daughter of the late Mr. Robert Speare, Castlethird (Londonderry Sentinel)
Aug 2 1871 [Married] August 1, at the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, county Donegal, by the Rev. James Latimer, Mr. James Diver, of Kildrum, to Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr. John Long, of Monreagh (Londonderry Standard)
March 6 1876 [Married] February 17, in Strand Presbyterian Church, by Rev. W. Thompson, Monreagh, Mr. John Wright, Drumlogher, to Margaret Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. Alexander Wright, St Johnston (Londonderry Journal)
March 20 1876 [Married] March 16, at the Clapton Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J. M. Erskine, assisted by the Rev. Matthew Davison, the Rev. William Thompson, Monreagh, to Catherine, daughter of John Marshall, Esq., London, formerly of Fifeshire, Scotland (Londonderry Journal)
Aug 31 1876 [Married] August 29, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, Henry Allen, to Maggie, daughter of David Rutherford, both of Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 15 1876 [Died] November 9, at Paisley [Scotland], John Forsythe, formerly of Monreagh, Carrigans, aged 26 years (Londonderry Journal)
Jan 12 1878 [Died] January 10, at the Cottage, Carrigans, Maggie, second daughter of George McFarlane, and grand-daughter of the late John McFarlane, Ballycolman, Strabane. [The funeral will leave Carrigans on Saturday, (this morning) at eleven o’clock, for interment at Monreagh Presbyterian Church] (Londonderry Sentinel)
April 27 1878 [Married] April 23, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, James Glass, Londonderry, to Sarah, fifth daughter of Mr. John Colhoun, Drumlougher, county Donegal (Londonderry Sentinel)
June 6 1878 [Married] June 4, at the residence of the bride’s mother, by the Rev. William Scott, Newtowncunningham, Hugh Graham, fourth son of the late James Larmor, Killultagh, county Antrim, to Margaret Cowan, daughter of the late William J. McLearn, Monreagh, Carrigans, and granddaughter of the late John Kirkpatrick, Pittsburg (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sept 17 1878 [Married] September 13, in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, by the Rev. Mr. McKean, Raphoe, Mr. Wm. Lapsley, to Margaret, widow of the late Charles Lapsley, both of Raphoe (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 16 1878 [Married] November 12, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, Andrew Burk, Dooish, to Ellen, daughter of Mr. John McMonagh, Dooish (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 16 1878 [Married] November 14, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, James Brown, Monreagh, to Mary Jane, daughter of Mr. John Long, Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 16 1878 [Married] November 14 at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, Andrew Hunter, Haugh, to Rebecca, eldest daughter of Mr. John Long, Monreagh (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 16 1878 [Married] November 14, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, James Thompson, Altahaderry, to Rebecca, eldest daughter of Mr. John Boyd, Lusticle (Londonderry Sentinel)
Nov 27 1878 LONDONDERRY ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION – From the list of former pupils of the Londonderry Academical Institution who have been successful in obtaining University honours this year, the name of J. C. McLearn, M. D., of Monreagh, has been inadvertently omitted. This gentleman, after a severe competitive examination, successfully obtained this summer, the only gold medal which is awarded in connection with the Belfast Medical College, and at the autumn examinations held last month in Dublin Castle he obtained the degrees of Doctor in Medicine and Master in Surgery, with second class honours (Londonderry Journal)
March 8 1879 [Married] March 4, at Monreagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Thompson, John Roulston, Lisclamerty, youngest son of the late James Roulston, Mongorry, Raphoe, county Donegal, to Jane Speers, eldest daughter of Mr. James Speers, Altaughaderry, county Donegal (Londonderry Sentinel)
July 12 1879 [Died] July 11, at her residence, The Green, Nancy, the beloved wife of John Killen, aged 60 years. [Her remains will be removed for interment in Monreagh Burying-ground this day (Saturday), at four o’clock p. m. Friends will please accept this intimation.] (Londonderry Sentinel)
Sept 27 1879 [Married] At Monreagh Presbyterian Church, on the 25th inst., by the Rev. M. Wilson, Samuel Lowry, Limavady, to Maggie, eldest daughter of Mr. Chas. Gibson, Molenan, Londonderry (Northern Constitution)


 

May 25 1870 (Londonderry Standard)

May 25 1870

May 21, at his residence, Monreagh, the Rev. Andrew Long, in his 54th year. [His remains will be removed for interment in Monreagh Burying-ground on tomorrow (Thursday) morning, the 26th instant, at Eleven o’clock. Friends will please accept this intimation] (Londonderry Standard)


 

Surviving Monreagh Presbyterian Church Records microfilmed by the staff of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast (PRONI) where they may be consulted:

Baptisms, 1845-1984 & marriages, 1894-1933 PRONI Ref: MIC1P/233

Marriage notice books, 1845-84. PRONI Ref: MIC1P/230/2B/1


 

Further reading for this congregation and others within the old Laggan Presbytery:

These E-Books are available on CoTyroneIreland.com -

In the Days of the Laggan Presbytery – Alexander G. Lecky (1908)

The Laggan and its Presbyterianism – Alexander G. Lecky (1905)

 

Old photograph of Monreagh Meeting House

 

Monreagh Presbyterian Church: Interior. Photo from the congregation’s Facebook page