Josias Leslie Porter (1823 - 1889):
Cleric, Presbyterian and writer
Josias Porter was born in Burt, County Donegal was educated in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and was ordained in 1846. Until 1849 he was minister at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, after which he spent ten years as a missionary in Damascus and recorded his experiences. In 1860 he became Professor of Biblical Criticism at the Presbyterian College, Belfast and in 1875-6, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church. In 1879 he was appointed President of Queen's College, Belfast, which post he occupied until his death. He wrote the Life of Dr Henry Cooke, his father-in-law and predecessor as chaplain of Queen's College. His portait by Richard Hooke is on display in the Great Hall of Queen's University, Belfast.
||4 October 1823
||16 March 1889