Thanks to Jack Greenald yet again for pointing me in the right direction on this one!
Just discovered in the collection of the Ulster Museum is a copy of the Solemn League and Covenant:
At Holliwood the 8th Apryll, 1644, and upon
ye nynth herof lykweyes after sermon
delyvered by Mr William Adair upon both
these days the Covenant of religion was
explained and theirafter sworne, subscribed,
and seald w't marks by a number of ye
inhabitants of ye Kingdom of Irland
With 67 signatures, including:
Mr William Adair (the minister who preached)
Master Charles Hall (probably the parish minister at the time)
John M'Clelland (probably of Newtownards, the principal of Sir Hugh Montgomery's "great school" and part-time minister, and who was on "Eagle Wing")
I was sent a scan of a newspaper clipping from 1912 (specific date and specific newspaper unknown, but sometime a few weeks before the Ulster Covenant), entitled Solemn League and Covenant - Original Copy in Belfast - The Signing in Ulster - Historical Sketch". It is subtitled A brave day in Ireland on the last Lord's Day (April 7 1644) at the swearing of the Covenant in Belfast by our army and sundry others .
Make no mistake, this is of MASSIVE historical significance and is cultural gold dust!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Posted by Mark Thompson at Wednesday, April 16, 2008