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Monreagh Presbyterian Church, Taughboyne Parish, Co. Donegal, Ireland Liquidation of Debt, October 1854

Extracted from the Londonderry Standard October 12, 1854
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia



On Sabbath last, according to previous announcement, and at the request of the Rev. Andrew Long and his session, the Rev. Dr. Cooke preached in the morning in the Presbyterian Church, Monreagh, and in the evening in First Derry. One of the objects contemplated was the liquidation of the debt incurred in the erection, at Monreagh, of a commodious congregational school-house, with teachers’ apartments, and of a neat and suitable session-house, consisting of rooms for minister and elders, together with necessary alterations to the interior of the church, and extensive tasteful improvements in the adjoining grounds. The proceeds of the morning collection amounted to the liberal sum of £50, including £1 from Dr. Dill, Ballykelly; £1 from Saml. Gilliland, Esq., Derry and 5s. from Miss Brown, East-Wall; and the supplemental collection in the evening amounting to £17. The audience on each occasion was very large, and highly respectable. The sermons were peculiarly original, luminous and powerful, and it is due to the Rev. Doctor to state that the impression made by them will not soon be forgotten. The thanks of the office-bearers of Monreagh congregation are respectfully tendered to the following gentlemen, who officiated as collectors at the morning service:

Sir Robert Bateson, Bart., Castrues

John Ferguson, Esq., J. P., Castleforward

John Bowen, Esq., J. P. Burt House

Rev. Jacob Alexander

Dr. Harvey, Taughboyne

Joseph Dysart, Esq., Burt

J. Fulton, Esq., Gortnalave

John Hunter, Esq., Derry

John Birkmyre, Esq., Derry

M. J. Alexander, Derry

William Cochrane, Esq., Castrues

The office-bearers feel grateful also to the ministers, elders, and committee of First Derry for their kindness in granting them the use of their church upon the occasion, especially as a public collection had been taken by them on the morning of that day.


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