(1744–1824), Presbyterian minister of Ballyhalbert (1771–80) and then Portaferry, Co. Down. He was the personification of 18th-century Presbyterian radicalism: an enthusiastic Volunteer, an eloquent advocate of political reform and Catholic emancipation, and apparently a key figure in the military plans of the Co. Down United Irishmen. Arrested just before the insurrection of 1798, he spent almost four years in prison without being charged. His remaining years were spent as minister in second Keady congregation, Co. Armagh, but without payment of his regium donum.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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