In this very welcome book Desmond Bailie and Laurence Kirkpatrick have trawled through copious minutes, newspapers, histories, and other records to find out as much as can be discovered about some 368 Seceder ministers in Ireland. In a handful of cases nothing much was available but for the rest they have set out for the reader a very full and valuable record of the family background and ministerial service of a fascinating group of men.
The time taken to discover and/or verify the smallest detail must have been enormous, but their painstaking efforts have put the authors forever in our debt. Where possible they have been able to record for us where and when many of these men were born; their education; date of licensing; ordination and installation(s); marriage, and other family information; important publications; and the dates of their deaths. To me the surprise is not that in a few cases there is very little information, but that in so many cases there is so much detail given.