In his biography of Dr. James Hood Wilson, Minister of the
Barclay Church, Edinburgh, 1865 -1890, Dr. James Wells comments . . .
'. . . the consciousness of a godly ancestry brings inspiration, strength, and
joy to all righthearted men and women. Dr. Wilson duly appreci ated this
precious boon and welcomed all the appeals it transmitted to him. His
faith was all the dearer to him that it had been also the faith of his
forbears. It gave him a delightful sense of fellowship with them, and
reminded him that he was the heir and trustee of a great past. This idea
often inspired his appeals to the children of Christian parents. He wanted
them to prize the dear inheritance from their forefathers.'
This history goes forth with the same wish and prayer, that it will
help the present and future generations of worshippers in First Dromore to
`prize the dear inheritance from their forefathers.'
W. D. PATTON.
My Thanks are due to the following for their courteous and invaluable
Dr. J. T. Carson, who read over the manuscript and who made many useful
Mr. J. McGrehan, Mr. F. McCarroll, Mr. W. Patterson, Mr. Harold Gibson,
Mr. Jim Cochrane, who formed a sub-committee to assist with the
Mr. A. Doloughan, editor of the Banbridge Chronicle, and Mr. V. Brown
of the Dromore Leader, for access to back copies of these newspapers.
Mrs. McMordie, Secretary of the Presbyterian Historical Society for
her. assistance in examining relevant records held by the Historical