Rev James Armstrong (1780 - 1839):
James Armstrong was born in Ballynahinch, County Down, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at Edinburgh. He was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1806, was one of the founders of the Irish Unitarian Society in 1830, and was involved in the establishment of the Association of Irish Non-Subscribing Presbyterians in 1835. He received a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Geneva and among his published works are The Sin Against the Holy Ghost (1836); A Sermon Vindicating the Principles of Unitarian Christianity (1838) and An Ordination Sermon, an important history of Irish Presbyterianism. He was a member of the Belfast Literary Society, elected on 8 November, 1805 (although he never read a paper) and of the Royal Irish Academy.
Additional research: Richard Froggatt
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