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The origins of Presbyterianism in the Walled City and Foyle Valley

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First Derry Presbyterian Church

6 Upper Magazine Street

Londonderry

BT48 6HY

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Meeting House Lane, now Upper Magazine Street, has been a place of worship for Presbyterians since 1690. Tradition has it that a generous donation by Queen Mary, in recognition of Presbyterian loyalty during the Great Siege, enabled Presbyterian settlers to build this Meeting House inside the historic City Walls. So the Lecture Halls at First Derry are a very appropriate location to start a discussion about the contribution of Presbyterians and Presbyterianism to the history of the Walled City and the Foyle Valley. Our guest speaker is Dr William Roulston, Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation who outlined the journey his lecture will take us on by remarking "Presbyterians have been gathering for public worship in north-west Ulster for nearly four centuries. The early history of Presbyterianism in this region is one of endurance in the face of adversity, patience during periods of persecution, and bravery during times of conflict."

William holds a PhD in Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast. He has written a number of books, including Fermanagh: History and Society (edited with Eileen Murphy, Dublin, 2004), Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors (Belfast, 2005), Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714 (Dublin, 2007), Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish: a history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900 (Strabane, 2010) and Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court (Belfast, 2014). Dr William Roulston is a Member of Council of both the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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