Return to the Cradle of Irish Presbyterianism is a family history conference with a difference.
Over six days you will discover the history of Ulster first-hand through excursions to some of the province’s most historic sites, be assisted to carry out research for yourself, and listen to talks by acknowledged experts in their field.
Imagine being able to wander among the ruins of the first church used for Presbyterian services in Ireland. Imagine standing at the harbour where in September 1636 a group of brave Ulster-Scots Presbyterians set sail for America. Imagine following in the footsteps of Francis Makemie, the father of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
Imagine turning a page and finding your Irish Presbyterian ancestor.
If you are interested in finding out more about your Irish ancestors (of any faith) or wish to explore the history of Presbyterianism in the province of Ulster this is the perfect opportunity in which to do so.
Did you know?
2013 is a very important year for Irish Presbyterianism. It is the 400th anniversary of the arrival from Scotland of Rev. Edward Brice, the first Presbyterian minister to settle in Ireland.
Brice made his home at Ballycarry near the east coast of County Antrim, where the impressive ruins of his church still stand. Brice was just the first – many others would follow and within a few decades Presbyterianism in Ireland had an identity of its own. Irish Presbyterians made a huge impact on this island and around the world.
2013 is also the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Reformed Presbytery from which today’s Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) Church of Ireland descends.