Chapter 1 The Scottish Church  
Chapter 2 The non-conformists in England  
Chapter 3 Presbyterians in Ulster  
Chapter 4 Lisburn  
Chapter 5 First signs of Presbyteriansm in Lisburn
Chapter 6 Alexander McCracken, M. A. 1688/1730
Chapter 7 Gilbert Kennedy, M. A. 1732/1733
Chapter 8 William Patton, M. A, 1736/1745
Chapter 9 Patrick Buchanan, M. A. 1747/1763
Chapter 10 James Bryson, M. A. 1764/1774
Chapter 11 George Kennedy, 1775/1779
Chapter 12 William Bruce, B. A. 1779/1782
Chapter 13 Andrew Craig, 1782/1824
Chapter 14 James Morgan, 1824/1829
Chapter 15 Alexander Henderson, 1829/1855
Chapter 16 William Breakey, 1856/1872
Chapter 17 John Lawrence Rentoul, M. A. 1872/1886
Chapter 18 John James Carlye Breakey, B. A. 1886/1927
Chapter 19 David Hay, M. A. 1927/1949
Chapter 20 William Boyd, M. A. 1950
Chapter 21 Office-Bearers  
Chapter 22 Sunday School  
Chapter 23 Conclusion
Children's Church
Flowers in the Church


IT HAS been said that Church History is a cordial for drooping spirits. If that is true-and few of us will deny it-all who read this story of First Lisburn Presbyterian Church will experience something of that uplift of heart. It has been written by Mr. Ivan Craig. Like the other members of his family, Mr. Craig has a deep affection for the church of his youth and manhood, and in preparing this account of its fortunes during the past three hundred years or so that have come and gone he has spared no pains to ensure its accuracy.

First Lisburn is fortunate in possessing records that go back almost to the beginnings of its long and honoured history. Many years ago some of the more ancient of these records were carefully and beautifully restored at the British Museum through the instrumentality of the late Sir Theodore Hope. Of these Mr. Craig has made a careful study and they open a window into a world that is in many ways very different from that in which we live. Nonetheless the Divine Truths on which the men and women of those days sustained their lives were in all essential respects the same as those on which we seek to sustain our lives today, and we shall all be the better of recalling their faith and devotion.

Not only do these researches help us to picture the men and women of old Lisnagarvey-Lisburn as we now call it-they help us also to understand something of the way in which Presbyterianism came to be established in this province of Ulster. Undoubtedly the fascinating story will be read with deep interest by all into whose hands it comes.
I feel deeply honoured by being asked to write the foreword to this history of First Lisburn. Most cordially do I commend it and wish for it the success it so well deserves. May it help to deepen still further the love which those of us who were brought up in the old congregation will always bear towards it.

James C. Breakey.
45 Cadogan Park,
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Some attempt has been made to set the history of the Congregation within the wider context of the Church, Country and Town, but this aspect of the story must be regarded as very incomplete.

There are many avenues left unexplored and unexplained. It is hoped, however, that sufficient has been done to provide a, picture of Presbyterianism in the town and to honour the memory of those who played an important part in its development, particularly in this historic Congregation.

As far as possible I have quoted verbatim from sources and I have leant heavily upon the works of others. A list of those sources and works will be found at the end of the book.

I am particularly indebted to the Rev. Professor J. M. Barkley, M.A., Ph.D., D.D., who read the typescript and made many helpful suggestions. Miss Stewart of the Presbyterian Historical Society also afforded me much assistance. Mr. H. A. Duff collaborated most effectively in the provision of photographs. I have been assisted and encouraged by many others to whom I am most grateful.

ONE HUNDRED years ago the Committee of the then Lisburn Presbyterian Church decided that the congregational records should be edited and a history of the Congregation compiled. The work was duly delegated but, as far as can be ascertained, did not proceed any further. The project was revived by the Rev. Boyd in 1958 when he suggested I should carry out the task and I have presumed to do so fully conscious of my limitations in presenting a worthy account of the story of this old congregation.

The Very Rev. J. C. Breakey, D.D. son of a revered father, who was Minister of First Lisburn for fifty-two years, provides the foreword. A former Moderator of the General Assembly, an office which he filled with such grace and distinction, it is most appropriate that, in this way, he associates himself with the History of the Congregation.

14 Clonevin Park,'
Lisburn, Co. Antrim.
December, 1960.

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