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References to Historical Documents

Historical documents relating to 1st Rathfriland Presbyterian Church and where these maybe found 

Historical Period

Historical Document Reference




Rathfriland in Bygone Days  (Rathfriland Historical Society)

General publication

p48-51 History of congregation written by Rev James Wilson in 1902. Published in the 'Witness' Newspaper  5th December, 1902.

1662- 2002

A Household of Faith by the Rev Morrison

General publication

General history of congregation from its foundation in 1660s. An excellent starting point for anyone interested in the history of the congregation.


Extracts from the diary of the Rev Robert Gordon (Reference T699/ 2)


Period of 1707-1710


Transcriptions of Rev Samuel Barbers  testimonial and account from Glasgow in 1759  (D3696/A/2)


Small note book containing transcriptions of documents relating to the Rev Samuel Barber (testimonial and account from Glasgow College, 1759) and resolutions made at meetings of the Presbyterian congregation of Rathfriland held at Rathfriland (1783) and of the Catholics of Co Down, held at Downpatrick 1795.


Duplicate book detailing marriages  ( 1845-1926) and baptisms (1827-1900.)

Church   Building

This is a copy of the 1st Rathfriland registers cross referenced to the original documents.  A copy  is held on microfilm at PRONI


Visiting Book of Samuel Barber Rathfriland (Copy) Before 1798.

Copied by Jeannie LM Stewart Assistant Secretary of Presbyterian Historical Society Nov 1942

Presbyterian Historical Society

List of families and individual  names in each townland. Could be regarded as a census substitute.


PRONI  Ref D3696/A/3A


One of three large notebooks, each of which contains a similar draft version of "The Rathfriland Volunteers and their Leader - The Rev. Samuel Barber, A.M." by A. Morrow. The script is comprised mostly of Morrow's own notes and writings but incorporates transcriptions of various documents (Barber's letters and pamphlets, newspaper articles, etc.; also extracts from the diary of Wolfe Tone (1792)). It provides details on Barber's life (1738-1811), the formation, members and activities of the Rathfriland Volunteers and other volunteer corps in Co. Down, and sectarian disturbances in the Rathfriland area


Rathfriland in Bygone Days  (Rathfriland Historical Society)

General publication

Outstanding personalities connected with Rathfriland p72-74 Rev Samuel Barber, Rathfriland


Session Minute Book 1841-1974

Church Building

Includes elders, ministers, disciplinary summaries mainly 1841-1860, new communicants and other session minutes.


Baptismal Register 1827-1970

Church Building

Original Baptismal register


Communicants Roll Book 1889-1903

Church Building

Communicants listed by family and townland.


Communicants Roll Book 1916-1930

Church Building

Communicants listed by family and townland.


Rathfriland in Bygone Days  (Rathfriland Historical Society)

General publication

Outstanding personalities connected with Rathfriland p83  Professor James Heron,D.D.  Rathfriland


CR 468- 1st Rathfriland Register of Congregation (Seatholders) 1853-1860. Property of Miss H Heron Tierfergus Rathfriland. Presbyterian Historical Society

Presbyterian Historical Society

Seat holders register, minutes of meetings and also Church committee names in 1858 at the time of Rev Osborne


Annual Report of 1st Presbyterian Church Rathfriland for the year 1894

Church Building

Annual report, session, committee, family contributions etc.  A good census substitute


Roundabout Rathfriland  by Edith M Clarke

General publication

Chapter 12 entitled 1st Rathfriland Manse gives details of the then manse, information concerning Rev James Wilson, Dr McDermott and Rev Morrison

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