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Petitions of Presbyterians

1775 Petitions PRONI Ref ; Tennison Groves ms.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.


 Signatories in Strabane town and neighbourhood County Tyrone


W. Crafford Dissenting Minister

John Sproull

Robert Mease

William Orr

Chas McClenachan

Robert Jamieson

John Orr

Andrew Gamble

Patrick Fleming

Moses McCrea

Robert Cochran

James Knox

John Knox

James Fleming

Arch. Allan

David Speer

James Knox

Joseph Arbuckle

Samuel McKeown

James Bonner

William Story

Alexander Crawford

Robert Nelson

Benj. Fenton

John Best

William McCrea

George Parker

Joseph Parker

Andrew Mease

Seth Fullerton

Robert Kerr

William Porter

John Sommerville

W Ross

Joseph Browne

John Houston

Hugh Houston

Thomas Browne

Gab. Barnhill

Gabriel Thompson

George Orr

W Patterson

John Willson

James Moore

James Smith

Robert Hasty

John Burnside

John Keys

John Cooper

George Leach

William Campbell

Allen Campbell

John Buchanan

John Parker

Thomas Knox

James Knox

Robert Smith

James Smith

Robert Thompson


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