Fahan & Buncrana united.
After Rev Reagh resigned, the congregation of Fahan was vacant for seven years. John Erwin (or Irwin) who was born in
The congregations of Fahan and Buncrana now formed a united charge and ordained Rev David Hamilton on 3 September 1799. He was born near Ramelton in 1778 and educated at Strabane and licensed to the Letterkenny Presbytery in 1796. The manse was at Crislaghkeel, Fahan and it is said that Mr. Hamilton came by horseback on Sunday afternoons through a pass on the mountain from Fahan to conduct the Buncrana service. The pass to this day is referred to as “Davy’s Gap” after David Hamilton.
He married Miss Logan of Buncrana in 1810 and resigned the pastoral charge of the Buncrana portion of his congregation on 21 October 1834. He retained Fahan.
His death is noted in the
"At his residence, Fahan on the first instant the Rev David Hamilton in the 62 year of his age and 42 of his ministry, greatly respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance."
John Moran was born on 20 November 1820 and lived at Ealghbeg where his father was an elder of the congregation of Fahan. He received his education at
It is recorded in the vestry minutes of the Upper Parish Church of Fahan (i.e.
"Resolved that the sum of forty pounds be laid on in aid of rebuilding the Presbyterian Meeting House of Cashel in the Parish of Fahan." and signed by James Spencer Knox (Rector), David Hamilton, Samuel Cochran and John Gibson. This would have been quite a sum of money for these days and it seems unusual there was cooperation between the two faiths as there was usually a fair degree of coolness between both.
In a survey of buildings in 1835 it is recorded: -
"TUMAN MEETING HOUSE 53x34x16 Value £12.70.9
SESSION HOUSE 17½x12x6 Value 12/3d"
It is recorded that in the Inishowen area by 1830, Presbyterians outnumbered established Church members (i.e.
In 1857 “Grifiths Valuation” the Presbyterian meeting house was listed as a good building on 3 Rude and 25 Perches with an RAV of £11.00. It was exempt of rates as it was a house of worship and was under the estate of P Kennedy.
On R238 from Derry to Buncrana at Tooban, Burnfoot
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