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Rev’d. John Frith 

Rev’d. John (Nelson) Derby [sic]

Rev’d. Henry Kearney

Rev’d. John Mayers, domestic chaplain to the Earl of Wicklow, appointed to the Rectory of Kilbride 1833

Rev’d Henry Moore rector of Carnew

Rev’d Robert Daly (1783-1872) Rector of Powerscourt

Rev'd William Mayers ? [See note in comments below]

Mr. John Gifford Bellett (1795-1864)

Rev’d Walter Hore, vicar of Ferns, Newlands House County Wexford, died 1843

Could this be Mr. William George Lambert, died 1866?

Rev’d Edward Newenham Hoare

Rev'd J H Singer [See note in comments below]

Rev’d. Peter Roe (1778-1840)



Rev John FrithCurate of Carnew. In Diocese of Ferns. He was a vigorous Protestant, and attended at least one meeting of the Reformation Society in which he found himself needing to confront a conman who had earlier falsely put himself forward to be a converted RC priest.--see Google Book-- A full and authentic report of the meeting of the Reformation Society at Carlow : and the discussion which took place on the 18th and 19th October. Author : Carlow Auxiliary to the British Society for Promoting the Religious Principles of the Reformation.  He had been a Curate’s Assistant in Carnew earlier than this.

Rev H Kearney, Vicar of Kilgobbin,  died 1855, aged 71.

He is mentioned affectionately in Recollections of the late J G Bellett. Excerpted from Stem Publishing,

""In 1817 Mr. Kearney was appointed to the living of Kilgobbin" (the parish in which, 'North Lodge' was situated), "one of the most remarkable men I ever knew — remarkable for the saintliness of his character and the amount of heavenly wisdom with which he was endued. He was thoroughly unworldly — not a tinge of the world seemed to soil him, nor a desire for the honour which cometh from men to affect him. Mrs. Kearney was one almost as remarkable as himself, though not in the same way, of a very warm and affectionate nature, full of zeal for the honour of Christ and of loving interest in the souls for whom He died. Two persons of such excellence, the one glowing with the fervour of charity, the other endued with the wisdom which is from above, pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, to a greater degree than I ever witnessed in anyone, could not but have their influence on others, and through the grace and goodness of God, that influence was felt in our family."

The words of my dear father, to which I have referred, were said to me one day when he took me to see the old home. We were in the garden at, "North Lodge"; and he told me to look up at one particular window, and said that one day while studying in that room the words came into his mind — "What will be the end of it all?" This thought kept repeating itself; and that, he believed, was the beginning of new life to his soul.

My grandfather was at first much displeased by the seriousness produced, or deepened, in all his children by Mr. Kearney's teaching. His displeasure was patiently borne, while the truths they had received were unflinchingly held. Nor was this without its reward in later years, for after his father's death, my uncle wrote as follows:

 One of our pleasantest days each summer was when my father would drive out with my brother, my mother's two nieces and myself, to spend the day at Ballycorus (near "North Lodge"), the Dargle, and Powerscourt Waterfall, first going to breakfast with Mr. Kearney at Kilternan Glebe.

Mr. Kearney's love for my father was very strong; and their friendship was not the least shaken by my father's separation from the Church of England.

Visits to Kilternan Glebe were continued up to the time of Mr. Kearney's death; and on the last day of his life my father watched beside him for hours, and saw him breathe his last (1852).

I do not know exactly at what time Aunt Alice's mind first became anxious about the things of God; but Mr. Kearney's influence and preaching were helpful to her as well as to others. She told me that once in those early days at North Lodge she was much troubled because of some heavy responsibility that weighed upon her for a time, and in despair she knelt down and said, "Oh, what shall I say to be heard"! And then she seemed to hear a voice repeating these words from the Te Deum, "Lord, help Thy servant, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood." She was comforted; and very soon after by some means the great trouble was removed. This was, perhaps, the beginning of her delight and earnest continuance in prayer. It is beautiful to remember. what it was to her. When from increasing age other occupations dropped off, prayer continued with more or less energy to the end."

Rev’d Edward Newenham Hoare (1800-1877); a tablet erected in Waterford Cathedral in his memory. 

Dean of Achonry and Chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. That’s what he was in 1841 when he wrote The Tendency of the Principles Advocated in the Tracts for the Times Considered, 5 Lectures to a Candidate for Holy Orders London, /L&J Seeley 1841. He edited the (Dublin) Christian Herald, which dealt with prophetic subjects. He was editor from 1830-1834. He published some notices of the Powerscourt conferences. He also wrote on the education question, and became an outright supporter of the government’s National Schools –something which must have disappointed JND and those who deplored the downgrading of support for overtly Protestant Bible-based education.

Researcher said ...
Thank you, Tom, for uploading this.

Spelling is variable, as we should expect, but can any reader confirm that the second attendee referenced to page 19 was in fact the non-ordained Mr J (John) H Synge (not Singe) of Glanmore (sometimes Glenmore) Castle? John Synge was the man who took over the chair of the 1833 Powerscourt Conference when the Rev'd Robert Daly declined to chair the meetings any more.

I've been able to identify all the participants except the man on page 9. He was the Rev'd W ...... ?
Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 : 07:44
Gabriele said ...
Hello researcher, yes, a John Synge of Glanmore/Glenmore Castle had been to the Powerscourt conferences. Timothy Stunt writes in his article “John Synge and the Early Brethren” in the CBRF Journal:
“Synge was more than a churchman. In addition to his services to the Established Church, he saw his loyalty as extending to the wider communion of all the children of God. For this reason he was glad to share in the fellowship of the Brethren insofar as they would let him. If their meetings conflicted with his loyalty to the Established Church then he could not join them very frequently, but he was regularly present at their meetings at Powerscourt House, some thirty miles north of Glanmore. … Robert Daly withdrew from the chairmanship of the Powerscourt conferences on account of the ‘anti-church’ views expressed by many Brethren. It is clear however, that on Daly’s withdrawal, Synge took his place and continued as chairman for several years.”
Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 : 22:22
Tom said ...
Thank-you Researcher and others for help with the transcription and information on these contributors .. anyone who can identify the missing name, or any interesting info on the others listed, please let me know. I'll continue to update the Transcript with fresh information as I get it.
Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 : 22:28
samko said ...
This is definitely Rev J H Singer
The Rev Joseph Henderson Singer, (1786-1866)who later became Bishop of Meath, was a learned evangelical TCD man, who was JND’s tutor, when he was a student in TCD. It was he who appointed JND to be the preacher at the Leeson St. Asylum.
where the important information below is available (amongst other interesting sources, including the relevant excerpts from Brooke’s Recollections ) [In later years (i.e. after Darby's Trinity time) Darby worked together with him and personalized a copy of his 'The Doctrine of the Church of England at the Time of the Reformation' for Singer with 'Revd. J. Singer from the Author'.

In 1832 Darby wrote 'A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Singer, F.T.C.D. on the Opinions of His Grace the Archbishop of Dublin'. In the Collected Writings vol. 32 this 'Letter' is entitled 'A Letter on a Serious Question Connected With The Irish Education Measures of 1832', the reference to Singer is left out, but I have a copy of the pamphlet as originally published and it includes the name.]
See also TCF Stunt’s latest article on JND published as a chapter entitled “Influences in the Early Life of John Nelson Darby” in
“The Elusive Quest of the Spiritual Malcontent” Wipf & Stock 2015.

I have found further extensive information on JH Singer in DUBLIN UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE
VOL 42
 PORTRAIT OF BISHOP SINGER (of MEATH) WITH ENGRAVING. (this is available on Google-Book.

[* Google books link here ED]
Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 : 23:57
samko said ...
Rev W. Mayers.
It is documented in Google-Book’s copy of bound Reports of the National Institution for the education of Deaf and Dumb children of the poor in Ireland, as follows,
On page 14 in the MINUTES of the Proceedings at the Twelfth annual Meeting of the Subscribers and Friends of the National Institution held on 1828 at the King’s Room, Mansion House [Dublin], it is recorded that a motion was proposed by Rev William Mayers, and seconded by Rear Admiral Oliver.
This indicates that there did exist a Rev Wm Mayers, --though I haven’t managed to dig up any more detail yet. It seems to me that this is likely who is referred to as participating at page 9 of the notebook.
The fact of a Rev John Mayers being present doesn’t mean that there couldn’t have been a second Rev Mayers, called William attending the same conference. If only we knew a bit more about the fraternity of Evangelical Clergy in the C of I at that time, and the family connections of Rev John Mayers ! William was probably a kinsman of some sort…
Monday, Jan 25, 2016 : 00:31
samko said ...
The Jewish-interest angle of the Irish evangelical C of I clergy is worth remembering. It seems that our Rev W Mayers was a prime case in point.
The Following excerpt from the online-downloadable book is very suggestive.
From 18O9 to 19O8
By the REV. W. T. GIDNEY, M.A.,


[William Crickmer, the Society’s Accountant, died at
Croydon on June 3Oth, 1870, in the 78th year of his age. He was officially connected with the Society for 47 years, and greatly respected by all who knew him.

The next year a very old friend of the Society died in Ireland the Rev. John Hare. Ordained to the curacy of
St. James , Dublin, he was appointed in 1828, by Archbishop Magee, minister of the Free Church, Great Charles Street. There, for some time, he worked conjointly with the Rev. W. Mayers, a converted Jew, and ultimately held the appointment solely up to the time of his death, July 2 1st, 1871, a period of forty-three years. The Rev. J. Eustace Brenan,
who was then Irish Secretary, said of him :

He was one of the earliest supporters of Jewish Missions in Ireland, and his interest in the work, so far from diminishing as time wore on, was sustained, if possible, with increasing power to the end of his life. For forty-seven years consecutively he acted as a member of the Irish executive committee, and for sixteen years held the position of honorary secretary. His duties in this respect were by no means a sinecure. He visited the office almost every day, encouraging
those connected with it by his unobtrusive kindness and sympathy, and helping them with his valuable counsel and advice. His love for Israel was no mere momentary enthusiasm ; it was the desire and work of his life.]
Monday, Jan 25, 2016 : 00:47
Researcher said ...
Thank you, samko, for pointing out that page 19 referred to the Rev’d Joseph Henderson Singer.

This extract from page 192 of "Trinity College Dublin 1592-1952" by R. B. McDowell & D.A. Webb, Cambridge University Press 1982, tells us more about the Rev’d Singer:

"Meanwhile the general tone of the school [Divinity School at TCD] had been changing. The tide of evangelicalism was flowing strongly, and C.R. Elrington, the Regius Professor, was finding himself more and more isolated; his style of churchmanship was now derided as high-and-dry. The chief thorn in his flesh was Singer, his exact contemporary as a Fellow, who, after his co-option to the Board in 1840, began to use his prestige as a Senior Fellow to promote rather extreme evangelical opinions in the College. This he did mainly through the Theological Society, which, although it dates its foundation from 1830, did not receive any kind of official recognition until 1852 and has no continuous records before that date. In the forties it consisted of a group of high-minded, earnest evangelicals led by Singer, who held prayer-meetings, talks and services, and were always on the look-out for brands to be snatched from the burning. Singer seems to have received some support from Smith, the Professor of Biblical Greek, for in November 1849 we find Elrington angrily protesting against his students being circulated during the lectures in biblical Greek with notices of a meeting of the Theological Society to be held in Singer’s rooms. At the same time he blocked Singer’s application for the chair of Hebrew by pointing out that he was already Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History, and that the regulations forbade anyone to hold two chairs on this foundation. Elrington carried both his points on the Board; the circulation of leaflets advertising meetings of societies not recognized by the Board was forbidden, and Todd, who was a high-churchman of Elrington’s school, was appointed Professor of Hebrew. But it was a Pyrrhic victory, for Elrington died two months later and Singer was unanimously elected to succeed him. The Theological Society was thereupon given some sort of recognition, on condition that the chair was taken by somebody on the College books, but even as late as 1859 it was refused permission to advertise publicly its inaugural meeting. Singer, however, held the Regius Professorship for only two years, as he was appointed Bishop of Meath in 1852."
Monday, Jan 25, 2016 : 08:33
Tom said ...
J.H. Singer, at the time being Bishop of Meath, ordained W T Turpin as a deacon on 20th December 1857 in Ardbraccan Church.
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 : 17:17

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