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Alexander, John (1686–1743), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born on 30 September 1686 at Temple Patrick, co. Antrim, the son of John Alexander (d. 1712), and his wife, Mary Hamilton. His father was the fourth son of William Alexander, ...

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Baird, John (d. 1804), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and Church of Ireland clergyman, a native of Paisley, Renfrewshire, was educated at Edinburgh University, and in 1763 was ordained by the Edinburgh presbytery for a congregation in the Isle of Man...

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Bankhead, John (1738–1833), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born into a family that is thought to have come from Bank Head, Edinburghshire, and settled near Clough, co. Antrim. He is believed to have been educated at Glasgow University but his name is not in any college register. He was licensed by ...

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Barber, Samuel (1737/8–1811), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the younger son of John Barber, a farmer near Killead, co. Antrim, and his wife, Sarah. He matriculated from the University of Glasgow in 1757 and graduated MA two years later. Having completed his ‘trials’ with the ...

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Birch, Thomas Ledlie (1754–1828), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born at Birch Grove, Gilford, co. Down, the youngest child of John Birch, linen merchant and farmer, and Jane Ledlie (1716–1791). He graduated MA from Glasgow University in 1772. He was licensed by ...

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Black, Robert (1752–1817), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the eldest son of Valentine Black, a farmer at Mullabrack, co. Armagh. In 1770 he entered the class of ethics under Dr Thomas Reid at Glasgow University. He was licensed by the ...

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Boyd, William (1685–1772), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was probably a son of Thomas Boyd (d. 1699), Presbyterian minister of Aghadowey, co. Londonderry. He graduated MA at Edinburgh University in 1702, was licensed by the Route presbytery in 1707, and ordained at ...

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Bruce, James (1660/61–1730), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the eldest son of the Revd Michael Bruce (1635–1693), minister of Killinchy, co. Down, and his wife, Jean (fl. 1659–1683); he was born at the time that his father was ejected for nonconformity by ...

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Bryson, James (c. 1730–1796), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, the son of John Bryson (1685–1788), was probably born in Holywood, co. Down. He was licensed by the Armagh presbytery on 1 June 1762 and, after preaching at Banbridge in 1763–4, he was ordained minister of ...

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Cameron, John (1725–1799), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born near Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to an Edinburgh bookseller and afterwards studied at Edinburgh University, where he was awarded the degree of MA. He belonged to the Reformed Presbyterians or ‘covenanters’ and was admitted as a probationer to that body....

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Campbell, William (d. 1805), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born in High Street, Newry, co. Down, the son of Robert Campbell, a merchant of Newry. He received a good education locally before matriculating from Glasgow University in November 1744. He was licensed by ...

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Craghead, Robert (c. 1633–1711), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and author, was born in Scotland to unknown parents and graduated MA from the University of St Andrews in 1653. In 1658 he commenced his ministry in Donoughmore, co. Donegal. In 1661 he was one of thirty-six Presbyterian ministers in ...

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Crawford, William (1739/40–1800), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born at Crumlin, co. Antrim, the eldest of the four sons of Thomas Crawford (1695/6–1782), Presbyterian minister at Crumlin for fifty-eight years, and Anne Mackay. He was fourth in a direct line of distinguished Presbyterian ministers. His mother was the sister of the ...

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Dickson, William Steel (1744–1824), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and political radical, was born William Dickson on Christmas day 1744, the eldest son of John Dickson, farmer, and his wife, Jane Steel, at Ballycraigy, in the parish of Carnmoney, co. Antrim...

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Hemphill, Samuel (d. 1741), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was a native of Ulster, Ireland. Nothing is known about his parents or his place of upbringing, although the latter was probably co. Monaghan or co. Cavan. He appears to have entered ...

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Iredell, Francis (d. 1739), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and author, was born in co. Antrim, Ireland, and educated at a philosophical and theological school run in Antrim by the Revd Thomas Gowan. He was licensed by the Antrim meeting on 4 March 1684 and ordained in ...

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Kelburn, Sinclare (1753/4–1802), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the only surviving son of the Revd Ebenezer Kelburn (d. 1776), minister of Plunket Street Presbyterian Church, Dublin, and Martha Sinclare. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, from 1769 to 1774 when he graduated BA, and then went to ...

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Kennedy, Gilbert (1678–1745), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, son of Gilbert Kennedy (d. 1689), who was successively minister of Girvan, Ayrshire, and Dundonald, co. Down, was born at Dundonald. In 1697 he entered the University of Glasgow. He was probably in ...

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Magill, Robert (1788–1839), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and poet, son of George Frederic Magill and Sarah Boyd, was born on 7 September 1788 in the village of Broughshane, near Ballymena, co. Antrim. When he was ten years old the United Irish rising broke out, and his manuscript autobiography contains some vivid pictures of the scenes which he witnessed. After attending local schools, he himself became a teacher, first at ...