An early eighteenth century attempt to establish Presbyterianism in Layde and Cushendall

The focus of Presbyterianism in the Glens from the early years of the Scottish Plantation was Glenarm.(1) That congregation consisted of people from a wide area, but many found it a difficult journey to the meeting-house there. It was particularly difficult for the handful of Presbyterians from Layde and Cushendall, and various attempts were made … Read more

Sorley Boy McDonnell’s difficulties after the Battle of Glentaisie by Cathal Dallat

This article originally appeared in The Glynns Volume 30 (2002). It is reproduced here in full. After the defeat of the McDonnells of Antrim by Shane O’Neill in 1565, Sorley Boy McDonnell was taken to Dungannon where he was imprisoned for two years. By this time O’Neill had created many enemies including the Maguires of … Read more