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  • ID: I1409
  • Name: John COULTER
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Coulter
  • Suffix: Rev. 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1796 in Bartley's Grove, Losset, Co. Monaghan 3 4
  • Death: 26 May 1877 in 94 York Street, Belfast 5 6 7 8 9 10
  • _UID: DC46D62BD17F43DB986904292C6584E2B69C
  • Change Date: 28 Aug 2017 at 11:07
  • Note:
    Source: "Full Circle" p. 67
    "A young licentiate from Derryvally congregation, John Coul ter became minister of Gilnahirk congregation in East Belfa st in 1820." "...Presbytery licenced him on 9 July 1818. H e studied in Glascow andgained an MA in 1815. Thomas Hamilt on described him as 'one of the worthiest ministers of th e Secession' (History of the IrishPresbyterian Church). .. . John Coulter was one of 3 ministers withstrong Ballybay c onnections who were influential in the movementtoward the u nion of Seceder and Synod of Ulster churches." Following ar e excerpts from
    his speeches on the matter.
    p. 69 1851 John Coulter was elected moderator of the Genera l Assembly"he had helped bring into being" (History of cong regations)
    p. 330 "Ordained minister of Gilnahirk, Belfast in 1820. .. . In 1842 he was honoured by the award of a DD from America ." His appointment asmoderator of the General Assembly in 1 851 proved controversial'because of his association with th e Tenant League' (Gilnahirk History, The Church on the Sty e Brae). "Presumably his Derryvallyboyhood and home influen ces remained strong."
    "retired in 1860 but kept on working, preaching, until with in a few years of his death.
    p. 331 He has a memory as a child in 1798 of he and his mot her hidingin a potato field at a distance from their home i n fear of the rebels.(Source: The Witness, a story told i n recording his death in 1877)
    "descended from an old and honoured house in Co. Monaghan".
    From his 1839 address to Students: "Though we venerate Scot land,Ireland is dear to us. Scotland was the birthplace o f our ancestorsand the cradle of our Church; but Ireland i s our country, - our home,- 'our own, our native land'; an d though we do not cease to loveScotland, yet we love Irela nd still more."

    SOURCE: PRONI 991/7 Bartley, Thompson, McKean, Gardiner & J acksonpapers. May 26, 1877 Obit Rev John Coulter D.D. of Gi lnahirk (age 81)His father was a table linen merchant in Co . Monaghan "when the linenbusiness was so respectable". H e married Miss Bartley of Bartley'sGrove. He was born in 17 96 - "when a mere infant his mother and hespent several nig hts in a potato field, and Mrs. Coulter used tot ellthat he r chief fear was lest the crying of the child might draw th eattention of the rebels to their place of concealment an d expose bothto death".
    PRONI 991/7 Bartley, Thompson, McKean, Gardiner & Jackson p apers.DEATH 1877, May 26 d. Rev John Coulter, Sr. Ministe r of GilnahirkPresbyterian Church, age 81.

    The Heart of Downe. Old Banbridge Families from GravestoneI nscriptions, Wills and Biographical Notes
    Edited by R.S.J. Clarke
    Gravestone Inscriptions County Down Volume 20
    (Ulster Historical Foundation Publications, Belfast, 1989)

    Gilnahirk Presbyterian Graveyard
    pg 45
    (Pillar with inscriptions on all 4 sides, in a high-rail en closure).
    Sacred to the memory of the Rev. John Coulter D.D. who die d on the26th day of May 1877 in the 81st year of his age. H e was for 57 yearsthe faithful and devoted Minister of Giln ahirk Presbyterian Church."Blessed are the dead which die i n the Lord."
    Isabella GORDON, wife of Rev. John Coulter D.D., died 26t h Febry. 1858 aged 60 years. "The Lord shall come". "The de ad in Christ shall rise."
    In loving memory of Samuel HASLETT who died at his residenc e,Vionville, Dundonald, 1st May 1891 aged 62 years. Also hi s wife Margaret Coulter who died 5th December 1914 aged 7 9 years.
    Eliza Jane Coulter, wife of Wm. WARWICK M.D., died 9th Marc h 1894 aged 59 years. William Warwick M.D. M.R.C.S.E. die d 10th July 1902 aged 77years. John Coulter Warwick L.R.C.P .S. elder son of above Dr. Wm.Warwick died 2nd June 1936 ag ed 69 years. William Verner Warwick,younger son of above Dr . Wm. Warwick, died 6th August 1946 aged 76years.

    The introductory bit on the cemetery also mentions Rev Joh n Coulter:
    Gilnahirk Presbyterian Graveyard
    This is on Gilnahirk Road running south-east from King's Ro ad, Knock.It is in the parish of Knockbreda and townland o f Gilnahirk. The firstMinister of the congregation Rev. Fra ncis Pringle, was ordained in1772 in association with the A ntiburgher Synod (one of the Secessiongroups). The church h as a tablet over the front door with theinscription:-"Presb yterian Church erected 1787 , Revd. F. Pringle,Minister. Re built 1845 , Rev. John Coulter D.D. Minister. Renovated an d tower built 1910. Rev. D.S. Ker Coulter B.A. Minister".

    Father: John COULTER
    Mother: Jane BARTLEY b: Abt 1766

    Marriage 1 Isabella GORDON b: 1798 in Of Parkgate, Co. Antrim
    • Married: 20 Oct 1833 11
    • Change Date: 22 Mar 2016
    1. Has Children Eliza Jane COULTER b: Abt 1834
    2. Has Children Margaret COULTER b: 1835
    3. Has No Children John Gordon COULTER b: 1840

    1. Abbrev: Ros Davies website
      Title: Ros Davies website
      Quality: 3
      Text: of Gilnahirk
    2. Abbrev: Wendy Jack
      Title: Wendy Jack
      Quality: 3
      Text: John COULTER was born at Bartley's Grove in Co Monaghan, Ir eland in1796.
      John grew up in the Ballabay area of Co Monaghan, Ireland . He was amember of the Derryvalley Presbyterian Congregati on, at that time aSecesssion congregation. In 1813 he wa s examined and accepted tostudy for the secessionist minist ry under John Rodgers, who hadestablished a theological sch ool at Cahans. From 1817, John alsostudied at Glasgow, Sco tland, where he received an MA. He waslicensed on 9 July 1 818, and in 1820 was ordained minister ofGilnahirk Congrega tion in the east of Belfast, where he ministered for57 year s.
      As was the case with the mother church in Scotland, Presbyt erianism inIreland was fraught with schism. By the end o f the eighteenthcentury, there were three synods in Ireland : the Synod of Ulster, andtwo secessionist synods, Burghe r and Anti-Burgher. The year of John'slicensing saw the un ion of the two secessionist synods, and during theearly dec ades of his ministry there was a growing mood towards theun ion of the Secession and Ulster Synods. John was influenti al inthis movement; during the 1830s he addressed prayer me etings ofstudents in Belfast and urged "talk of union, mak e it the subject ofprayer". In 1839, he proposed that in t he event of union, thecombined synod body should be calle d "The General Assembly of thePresbyterian Church in Irelan d". His dream became reality on 10 June1840 when, followin g agreement at separate meetings of the two synodsto accep t the proposed terms of union, the General Assembly of theP resbyterian Church in Ireland was formed.
      John also envisioned the development of "a co-operating cha in ofPresbyterian Churches all over the world", but it wa s not until 1875that this dream also came to fruition wit h the formation of theAlliance of Reformed Churches through out the World Holding to thePresbyterian System (now know n as the World Alliance of ReformedChurches). In the earl y 1840s, the University of Pennsylvaniaconferred on John th e honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, and in1851 he wa s elected Moderator of the General Assembly which he hadhel ped to bring into being. His appointment was controversia l becauseof John's involvement in the Tenant League movemen t. His year as theAssembly's leader was a difficult and tr oubled one, as the church wasconvulsed by discord regardin g the administration of the Magee Collegebequest, but all a cknowledged that he discharged his duties in thechair wit h impartiality and efficiency.
      John retired in 1860, but maintained his association with t heGilnahirk congregation and continued preaching until a fe w yearsbefore his death.
      John married Isabella GORDON on 20 October 1833. Isabell a was borncirca 1798. She was the daughter of John GORDO N of Ballypallady.Isabella died 26 February 1858. She wa s buried in the GilnahirkPresbyterian Graveyard in Gilnahir k, Parish of Knockbreda, Co Down,Ireland.
      John died 26 May 1877 at the residence of his son-in-law, D r. WilliamWarwick, 94 York Street in Belfast, Ireland. H e was buried 29 May1877 in the Gilnahirk Presbyterian Grave yard in Gilnahirk, Parish ofKnockbreda, Co Down, Ireland . In a graveside address, Prof JohnRogers described Joh n COULTER as being "descended from an old andhonoured hous e in Co Monaghan", and his obituary in The Witness, 1Jun e 1877, called him "one of the most accomplished minister s of thePresbyterian Church in Ireland".
    3. Abbrev: Full Circle
      Title: Full Circle
      Page: p.330
      Quality: 3
      Text: 10 years older than George, born 1806
    4. Abbrev: Belfast Newsletter
      Title: Belfast Newsletter
      Page: May 28, 1877
      Quality: 3
    5. Abbrev: Full Circle
      Title: Full Circle
      Page: 331
      Quality: 3
    6. Abbrev: Gilnahirk Presbyterian Graveyard
      Title: Gilnahirk Presbyterian Graveyard
      Quality: 3
      Text: 660 Gilnahirk Presbyterian Graveyard O.S. 5 Grid Ref. 39972 5 County:Down Country: Ireland
      Coulter (Pillar with inscriptions on all 4 sides, in a high -railedenclosure). Sacred to the memory of the Rev. John Co ulter, D.D. whodied on 26 May 1877 in the 81st year of hi s age. He was for 57 yearsthe faithful and devoted Ministe r of Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church."Blessed are the dead wh ich die in the Lord."
    7. Abbrev: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Title: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Quality: 3
      Text: The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Monday, May 28 , 1877;Issue 19293
      COULTER - May 26, at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. W illiamWarwick, 94, York Street, Belfast, the Rev. John Coul ter, D.D., seniorminister of Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church , in the 81st year of hisage, and 57th of his ministry. Hi s remains will be removed from theabove address for interme nt in Gilnahirk burying-ground, to-morrow(Tuesday), at twel ve o'clock noon.
    8. Abbrev: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Title: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Quality: 3
      Text: The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Wednesday, Ma y 30, 1877;Issue 19295
      YESTERDAY the remains of the Rev. Dr, Coulter were remove d from theresidence of his son-in-law, Dr. Warwick, York St reet, and interred inGilnahirk Presbyterian Burying ground . The funeral cortège was verylarge, and comprised the lead ing ministers of the Presbyterian Churchof Belfast, and th e counties of Down, Antrim, and Monaghan, togetherwith a la rge representation of the leading inhabitants of the town.T he chief mourners were Dr. Wm. Warwick and Mr. Samuel Hazle tt,sons-in-law; Masters John Coulter Warwick and Wm. V. War wick, andCharles Hazlett, grandsons; Messrs. John Coulter , solicitor,; GeorgeBartley Coulter, Banbridge, and James C oulter, nephews; Wm. Gardiner,Rev. J. G. Smyth, Ballibay, a nd the Rev. Professor Rogers, DD. Thegeneral cortège includ ed:- Rev. George Bellis, Rev. William Johnston,Rev. J. D. C rawford, Hillhall; Rev. W. C. McCullagh, Ballysillan; Rev.J ohn Macnaughtan, Rev. John S. MacIntosh, Rev. W. D. Killen , D.D.;Rev. James Glasgow, Rev. Alexander Russell, LL D.; R ev. John Rogers,D.D; Rev. E. T. Martin, Dundonald; Rev. J . G. Smyth, Ballibay; Rev.George Hughes, Newtownards; Rev . James Rogers, Glascar; Rev. JohnGreenlees, Rev. John Davi s, Ballynahinch; Rev. John Mecredy, Rev. JohnLinton, Gilnah irk; Rev. James Warwick, Carrickfergus; Rev. GeorgeShaw, Re v. T. Y. Killen, Rev. Joseph Mackenzie, Malone; Rev. D. R.M oore, Killinchy; Rev. Isaac Vance, Granshaw; Rev. Alexande r M'Creery,Killyleagh; Rev. Ringland Fisher, Raffery; Rev . David Edgar,Ballynahinch; Rev. Robert Crawford, Rev. Robe rt Montgomery, Rev. JamesYoung, Rev. Samuel M'Conin, Rev . J H. Moore, Rev. James Martin, Rev.Mr. Matier, Rev. Jame s Carlisle, Rev. Josias Chancellor; MessrsWilliam Seeds, Pe ter Macauley, Daniel O'Rorke, John Dinnen, Wm.Baxter, Joh n M. White, Dr. Alexander, Dr. John H. Rea, Dr. JosephMark , Dr. M'Connell, S. M. Barry, Cachar, India; R. S. Barry, W illiamMullen, J. P.; A. R. Dinnen, John Arnold, Joseph Clar ke, W. GeorgeWeir, W. S. Campbell, Wm. M'Kane, jun.; Samue l Biggar, Young J.Hamilton, Hugh M'Clements, Henry W. Hamil ton, Cunningham Smith, JohnFerguson, Hugh Smith, Adam Barr , Wm. Gibson, Samuel Meharg, &c.
      The coffin having been borne into the church, service was c onducted bythe Rev. John Linton, pastor loci, Rev. John Dav is, Ballynahinch; andthe Rev. J. G. Smyth. An impressive an d able address was nextdelivered by the Rev. Professor Roge rs, after which the remains wereborne by the elders, office -bearers, and friends to the grave, wherethey were solemnl y laid in their final resting place.
    9. Abbrev: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Title: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Quality: 3
      Text: The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Monday, May 28 , 1877;Issue 19293
      The above-named gentleman, venerable alike in both years an dcharacter, has just passed away. He died on the morning o f the 26thinst., at the house of his son-in-law, Dr. Wm. Wa rwick, York Street,Belfast. Dr. Coulter was born in the ye ar 1796, in County Monaghan,and consequently at his death w as in his 81st year. He was the son ofMr. John Coulter, li nen merchant; his mother's name was Bartley, andBartley's G rove, called after her family, was the birthplace of Dr.Cou lter. Born in troublous times, he was more than once place d inimminent danger. When but an infant his mother and h e spent severalnights in a potato field at a distance fro m their own home, and fromany human habitiation; and Mrs. C oulter used to tell that her chieffear was lest the cryin g of the child might draw the attention of therebels to the ir place of concealment, and expose them both to death.Prot ected as he was, the doctor never forgot the signal deliver ance orthe ingenuity and mother's affection to which he owe d hispreservation. As a child, young Coulter was precociou s at school andcollege. He was very industrious laying th e foundation of a promisingfuture, on which foundation he s ubsequently placed those literarymaterials that rendered hi s public life so useful, and made him one ofthe most accomp lished ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. On e of his early instructors was the Rev. John Rogers, of Cah ans, thefirst professor of theology appointed by the Secess ion Church, and thefounder of a family which has lent so ma ny ornaments to thePresbyterian ministry of this country . Having completed his schoolstudies, Dr. Coulter, in 1812 , entered the University of Glasgow, andgraduated in 1815 , being then nineteen years of age. Having finishedhis col lege course, he was licensed to preach, and on the 20th Mar ch,1820, was ordained to the congregation of Gilnahirk, Cou nty Down,where he exercised a laborious and useful ministr y for the period offorty years. In 1860, owing to increasi ng infirmity, he resigned hiscongregation, but did not giv e up work. He preached wherever he wasinvited until withi n two or three years of his death. His sermonswere greatl y appreciated, and his presence ever welcomed as a trustedf riend and a religious man. His sermons were always textual , full ofchoice matter, while the spirit that pervaded the m evidenced apreacher who spoke what he knew. He understoo d his subject, and beingapt to teach, the congregation neve r misunderstood him. He preachedthe Word, not fancies, an d thus laid the basis in every intelligentcomprehension o f true faith. The communion occassions, and they weremany , on which he assisted his brethren are spoken of everywher e asseasons of unusual refreshing. Though tempted to go t o other churchesand fields of labour, Dr. Coulter chose t o remain at Gilnakirk. Notlong after his settlement, he wa s invited to a parish in the Church ofScotland, and in 184 5 he got a call to a congregation in Paisley.Commissioner s came to this country to urge his acceptance of it, andhi s Presbytery to loose him, but he declined both offers, bel ievingthat he could be as useful in his native as in a stra nge land, andthat the country of his birth has the best, a s it had the first, claimon his talents and labours. We be lieve it was in 1844 that theUniversity of Pennsylvania con ferred on him the honorary degree ofDoctor of Divinity. I n doing this the college honoured itself, as hewas a man o f scholarly attainments and of acknowledged ability. Whent he Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod withdrew their s tudentsfrom the moral philosophy class of Mr. Ferrie in th e Belfast RoyalAcademical Institution, Dr. Coulter, with th e late Dr. Robert Wilson,was selected by the Secession Syno d to teach their studentsmetaphysics and moral philosophy . Dr. Coulter was also appointed tothe editorship of the " Christian Freeman" - a periodical started inthe interests o f the Secession Church - and which, under hismanagement, at tracted to it a circle of cultivated readers, and gavestren gth and character to that denomination. He published sever alable and finished sermons; he contributed numerous paper s to variousperiodicals beside the "Christian Freeman;" bu t neither in hiswritings nor his nature was there the sligh test tinge of that narrowsectarianism which poisons religio n as well as patriotism at its verysource. He was too goo d and too great for that. He was a broad aswell as a dee p thinker, a big-hearted citizen, and a thoroughChristian g entleman. It should not be forgotten in this sketch thatwh en the time approached for a union between the Synod of Uls ter andthe Secession Synod Dr. Coulter was invited by the s tudents, whomainly promoted the movement, which was complet ed in 1840, to deliveran address on the subject
    10. Abbrev: Gravestone
      Title: Gravestone
      Quality: 3
      Text: The burying ground of Gibson Coulter.[Pillar with inscripti ons on all4 sides, in a high-railed enclosure]
      Sacred to the memory of the Rev John Coulter, DD who died o n the 26thday of May 1877 in the 81st year of his age He wa s for 57 years thefaithful and devoted Minister of Gilnahir k Presbyterian Church Blessedare the dead which die in th e Lord Isabella CORDON, wife of Rev JohnCoulter DD died 26t h Febry 1858 aged 60 years The Lord shall come Thedead in C hrist shall rise In loving memory of Samuel HASLETT who die dat his residence, Vionville, Dundonald, 1st May 1891 age d 62 yearsAlso his wife Margaret Coulter who died 5th Decem ber 1914 aged 79years Eliza Jane Coulter, wife of Wm WARWIC K MD, died 9th March 1894aged 59 years William Warwick MD M RCSE died 10th July 1902 aged 77years John Coulter Warwic k LRCPS elder son of the above Dr Wm Warwickdied 2nd June 1 936 aged 69 years William Verner Warwick, younger sonof abo ve Dr Wm Warwick, died 6th August 1946 aged 76 years.
    11. Abbrev: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Title: Belfast Newsletter Birth Marriages and Deaths
      Text: The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Friday, Novembe r 1, 1833
      On the 20th ult. by the Rev John Wright, Presbyterian Seces sionMinister, Ballyeaston, the Rev. John Coulter, Gilnahirk , to MissIsabella Gordon, daughter of the late John Gordon , Esq. Ballypallady.
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