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Get a copy of the Society's newest publications on

  • Presbyterianism in the City of Armagh - by the Rev Dr Joseph Thompson (Cost £5.00)
  • Rev Dr Robert Stewart, 'Cooke's Lieutenant' - by the Very Rev Dr John Lockington (Cost £3.00)
  • Rev Dr James Denham - by the Rev Ivor Smith (Cost £3.00)
  • Rev James Glasgow - by the Rev Dr Bill Addley: Glasgow was a missionary to India and one of the General Assembly's first missionaries to be sent overseas. (Cost £3.00)

The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland have some copies of "Frederick – the Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria" by Mark O’Neill. The Rev FWS O’Neill, an Irish Presbyterian Missionary served in Faku, a small town in Manchuria from 1897 to 1942 and witnessed many of the great events that convulsed China including the Boxer Rising, the overthow of the Qing Dynasty and the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. He also served with the Chinese Labour Corps in France in World War 1 for which he was awarded the Order of the Striped Tiger by the Chinese government. (Cost £16.00 plus postage of £2.00 within the UK).

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Presbyterian Historical Society Library premises
The Presbyterian Historical Society is located on the ground floor of 26 College Green (at the junction of College Green and Rugby Road) just beside Union Theological College and near to Queen's University.

Our address: 26 College Green, Belfast BT7 1LN    View our location on map
Our telephone number: 028 9072 7330
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Our opening hours:
  Tuesday 9.30am - 1.00pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  Wednesday 9.30am - 1.00pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  Thursday 9.30am - 1.00pm

Visiting us
By car:  Parking in the vicinity is free but there is a shortage of spaces during the business day.
By rail:  Botanic Station on Botanic Avenue is a quarter of a mile from College Green.
By bus: From the City Centre in Howard Street take the Metro 7A or 7B bus and alight
               at the College Green stop on University Avenue.

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There is still work to be done to make proper provision for the preservation of the archives and library books. We are very grateful to those who have already given generous donations for the move to the new premises but we are appealing for more financial help in this unique situation. If you feel you can make a donation it should be forwarded to the Librarian at the Presbyterian Historical Society, 26 College Green, Belfast, BT7 1LN.

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Gift Aid
The Society is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - NIC 101056 - and is an HMRC Recognised Charity - XT25385.
If you are a UK taxpayer, we can reclaim from HM Revenue & Customs 25p for every £1 you give through the Gift Aid Scheme at no extra cost to you. Please request a declaration form to complete.

Leaving a Gift in your Will
You can help to ensure the long term preservation of the books, pamphlets and archives in the custody of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and help develop the library and archive for the future by leaving a legacy in your will. All legacies, whether large or small, are welcome and you can specify that the legacy be used for a particular purpose or simply used at our discretion. Estates above a certain threshold are subject to inheritance tax on their net value but any money left to a charity is exempt from this tax. Therefore, you may be able to reduce the tax liability on your estate by leaving a legacy to the Society. If you require further information please contact us in person or by e-mail.

Book Sale
We have identified a number of books and journals that are duplicates or that are not appropriate for the Society's library. View the Book Sale list.

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