The Murland family vault at Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church will be the focus of a public lecture by Dr Finbar McCormick on the topic of ‘Mausolea & Memorials to the dead in Ireland’ at Clough NSP Church on Wednesday, 13th March 2019 at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome and the talk will be followed by refreshments. The tomb is in need of conservation which will be undertaken by the Follies Trust in the forthcoming months.
More information can be found on a previous post here – Mausolea in Downpatrick, Ballee and Clough
The Follies Trust leaflet contains illustrations of the tomb and information on how to make a donation to the project if you wish. It can be downloaded here:
Follies Mausoleum Flyer
Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church opened for worship in 1837
John F Larkin, QC
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
The case of the Clough meeting house (1836): law reporting and pamphleteering
The Lecture will take place in the meeting house on
Wednesday, 24th May 2017
at 7.30 pm
Followed by refreshments in the hall. Admission free. Everyone welcome.
The case of Dill v Watson (1836) determined which of two parties in Irish Presbyterianism was entitled to the ownership of the Meeting House in Clough, County Down. It was the first Irish battle in a campaign in which litigation was the adjunct of theological controversy, and in the Clough case there is almost a fusion of legal and theological debate. What is striking (and fascinating) about the Clough case is that both parties published reports of the decision. Law reporting was for the parties to the Clough litigation no abstract record of a judicial decision but a further way for historical, legal, political and theological debate to be carried on. The two reports of the Clough case opened a distinct front in a pamphlet campaign that lasted until the Dissenters Chapels Act 1844 – if not beyond. This lecture explores this litigation and its background through the prism of the two partisan reports of the Clough case and the later law report by Thomas Jones. It examines the significance of the Clough case as a turning point in wider legal and theological controversy.
For further information contact: Rev Dr David Steers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Castlewellan Road, Clough, BT30 8RD
The interior of the meeting house. The venue for the lecture