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Petitions of Rathfriland Congregation

1775 Petitions PRONI Ref T808/15307

 Petitions of Dissenters {Presbyterians} and also some members of the Established Church to the Irish Parliament . The names were recorded by Parish or Congregation 

 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 congregations signed: some may have been beholden to a landlord belonging to the Established Church and did not wish to upset him.


 Rathfriland/Rathfryland Congregation County Down


Samuel Barber Minister

John McKee

John Murphy

Saml Murphy

William Scott

John McBride

David Lindsay

John Davidson

John Walker

James McBride

John Willson

David Cromey

Jeames Kennedy

Samuel Davis

Saml McFadden

David Heaney

George McFadden

Hames Hill

Joseph Boyd

John Craig

William Johnston

James Muckdrone

Jams Bagger

David Magill

David Mathews

John Mathews

David Mathews {2}

Saml Mathews

William Hanna

James Hanna

Joseph Hanna

James Davis

William Davis

John McKeage

William Willson

Robert Hamilton

Hugh McClure

William Gowan

Thomas Park

Thomas Martin

Joseph Murphy

Saml Thompson


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