First Presbyterian Church 1872-1938

Looking West along Upper Main Street c1890 | fullsize

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Architect: John Guy Ferguson
(Frazer Ferguson & Frazer)
Contractor: McClelland & Co, Derry
Spire: 104 feet
Capacity: 750 worshippers
500 persons on the main floor and 250 on the end gallery
1871 Sept
Foundation Stone
Laid by Miss Houston, Lifford
1872 Oct
Church opens.
Rev James Gibson was the first Minister.

The cost of the new church was estimated at £4000, £3000 of which had been raised by the time the foundation stone was laid. The church basement contained a large hall which had a capacity for 400 people. The hall was used for the Sabbath school and public lectures.

  • 1693:  Presbyterian Meetinghouse near Orchard Street opens.
    The old Meetinghouse near Orchard St. is shown on Griffith's Valuation Map c1850.
  • 1872: A new Presbyterian Church on Upper Main Street  opens, replacing the old Meeting-House near Orchard St.
    The old Meetinghouse  is converted to a school.
  • 1911: 40 years after it was first proposed, Strabane's two Presbyterian congregations unite. Ministry: Rev. Edward Clarke Rev. Charles Toland
  • 1938: Accidental fire destroys the church on Christmas day.
  • 1939-57: The congregation worship at Leepers Brae Presbyterian Meetinghouse.
  • 1957: New church opens on the Derry Road. The bell from the old church is placed in the tower of the new building.

Interior view from the gallery: First Strabane Presbyterian Church.

Timeline 1659-1911: First Strabane, Ministers


Rev. William (Robert) Keyes (Patrick Street)

Rev Robert Wilson
1692 Dec 21 Rev William Holmes (Orchard Street)

Rev Victor Freguson
1766 Feb 6 Rev William Crawford
1789 Nov 10 Rev William Dunlop

Rev John Alexander Adam
1828 Mar 20 Rev William Mulligan
1833 Mar 30 Rev Alexander Porter Goudy D.D.
1859 Sept 26 Rev James Gibson D. D. (Meetinghouse Street)
1878 Dec 11 Rev John MacDermott D. D.
1881 Sept 29 Rev John Irwin D. D.

Rev Edward Clarke (United Charge)
Download: StrabaneFirst-PresbyterianMinisters.csv

Related Books:
Through All The Days - A Presbyterian Heritage, Strabane 1659 -1994.

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