Editorial: Rome in Her True Colours - AS REVEALED BY CARDINAL O'FEE

In 11 Thessalonians chapter 2 and at the verse 11 and the verse 12 we read these words: 'For this use God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, and that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had 'pleasure in unrighteousness.'

As these days are unfolding, more and more it is being openly demonstrated what the real character of the Roman Catholic system is and what the real objects and goal, of that system are in this part of Ireland.

A few days ago we had a revelation, one of the greatest uncoverings of the real thinking, the real motivation, the real goal of the Roman Catholic Church in Ulster. It did not come from some insignificant person in the Roman Catholic community, nor did it come from an ordinary priest of the Church. It came from the Cardinal himself, and I note that it has been vigorously defended by the Roman Catholic Information Office, and a vindication of it has been attempted by the whole strategy of Roman Catholic propaganda, both in Ulster and farther afield.

The amazing thing is this, that those parts of the Cardinal's speech which would antagonise people in rest of the United Kingdom were carefully cut out of the National News Bulletins. Emphasis was placed upon what I call a subtle bit of Jesuitical diplomacy in the Cardinal's so-called denunciation of the murder of five British soldiers. The real thrust of the Cardinal's threat was taken out of the media across the water in order that the Church of [3] Rome can continue to paint herself, in the rest of the United Kingdom, as a medium for reconciliation and for peace and justice.

One thing the Cardinal said which is of the utmost importance, and which reveals the real claims of the Roman Catholic Church. He said, 'Raymond McCreesh was captured bearing arms at the age of nineteen, and sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment. I have no doubt that he would never have seen the inside of a jail but for the abnormal political situation.' (More and more evidence is coming to the surface that Raymond McCreesh wanted to come off the Hunger Strike. More and more evidence is surfacing that it was his brother the priest who forced him to the death. Of course, that will come out more and more in the coming days).

Was there ever such a condoning of the carrying of arms for illegal terrorist purposes than the Cardinal's? Here we have the Cardinal condoning it and blaming the 'abnormal political situation!' Who made this situation in Northern Ireland abnormal? None other than the Church that the Cardinal leads in this Island, as we shall see.

Then we have this tremendous statement - a statement that every Protestant should weigh with great care: 'Who is entitled to pronounce him a murderer or a suicide? I leave his judgment to a just and merciful judge.'

This proves clearly that the Roman Catholic Church does not accept the Courts of our country. The Courts of the country are entitled to pronounce a man a murderer. The Courts of this land are entitled to hear the evidence, to hear the pleas for and against, and the judges have the right to pronounce sentence.

This is a challenge - a subtle, insidious Jesuitical challenge of our whole Judicial system. The Church of Rome believes herself always to be above the law, and the law has to be subordinate to the Church, and not the Church subordinate to the law.

The Cardinal goes on to say, 'Who is entitled to pronounce him a suicide? All right thinking people have a right to pronounce him a suicide. If a man who is mentally all right makes a decision to take his own life, as Raymond McCreesh did, then I have the right to say, if he takes his life, he died a suicide. But the Cardinal has something more to tell us, because under the silk glove of the Church of Rome, when you pull it off, you would see a crimson hand - the hand that is stained with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Here is what the Cardinal says. 'If the Government continues its rigid stance on prison dress and work, it will ultimately be faced with the wrath of the whole Nationalist population.' [4]

So the Cardinal has turned to threatening, and he tells the Government and the people of Northern Ireland, 'If you don't give in to these murderers, if you don't give in to these criminals, then the wrath of the Roman Catholic population will be unleashed upon you.

Already Government policy has provided the I.R.A. with its greatest influx of recruits since Bloody Sunday.

It has done nothing of the kind. If the Government gave in then you would have influx into the Irish Republican Army, for the recruiting sergeants of the I.R.A. could say to the young men, 'You have nothing to fear even if you are caught. There is no capital punishment, and your prison will be feather-bedded. You will wear your own clothes. You will meet your friends when you want to meet them. They will send you in as much as you like. Get up when you like. Watch Television as you like and you will live at the expense of the British Government, and remember at the end of the day we will get you an amnesty. After they achieve the points they are now looking for the next thing will be an Amnesty.'

I said at the beginning of the last Hunger Strike, (I wish they, the British Government, had heeded what I said) "Do not give in one inch." They gave in 80 per cent, and they denied it. Mr Humphrey Atkins said, We gave in nothing. Yet at the beginning of this present Hunger Strike he was prepared to say, "We have already given them 80 per cent." There is only 20 per cent which they are now asking for. This has been confirmed by the I.R.A., by Haughey's Government, by Sheila De Valera, and by the Northern Ireland Office. Surrender 80 percent. "Now let us push for the 20 per cent."

The Cardinal says, 'It has left some sections of our youth so alienated that they no longer pay much attention to the denunciations of violence.' 'The wrath of the whole Nationalist community.'

Let me remind you, because today we need to be reminded of the facts of history, that ever since the Protestants were planted here at the beginning of the seventeenth century we have been facing the wrath of the Roman Catholic community.

Elsewhere in our pages we have recorded some of the historical facts. These demonstrate just how bloody and diabolical that wrath was. The battle lines are being more clearly drawn and Rome is being seen in her true colours! That is something to be welcomed. The Harlot Church is exposing her own shame. [5]

A MEMORABLE DAY FOR Coleraine Congregation

Due to circumstances beyond human control, the sod-cutting ceremony in connection with the new church which the Coleraine F.P. congregation is to build, had to be changed to a new venue. Coleraine Town Hall has been the centre for many meetings of various kinds but I can safely say that the F.P.s were first to hold a sod-cutting service there.

The ceremony took place on Sat. 25th April at 3.30 p.m. and the Moderator of the F.P.C. Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley M.P., M.E.P. was the guest speaker. The old church on Hanover Place which has served the congregation since it was founded 24 yrs ago is one of several buildings to be demolished, and until the new building is complete the congregation. Rev. R.J. Beggs led in prayer followed by a solo, and mid-week meetings in the C.W.V. Hall, Union St.

Those taking part in the service were Rev. G. Whyte, minister of the congregation. Rev. R. J. Beggs led in prayer followed by 'Glorious Freedom' from Rev. G. Cooke. Rev. L. Curran read the scriptures and Miss Brenda Cooke sang 'The last mile of the way'.

Rev. J. Wylie founder minister of the witness in Coleraine gave an historical outline speaking of the continuing expectancy in the hearts of the people and the remarkable increase in numbers, so much so that he could foresee the day when even the new church would be too small.

Dr. Paisley then based his address on Ch. 3 of 2 Kings taking:




On this subject he waxed eloquent preaching as one under the anointing of the Spirit of God. [6]

He brought a message that not only outlined present day circumstances as to the standing of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, but brought a challenging message to her people reminding them that if the Spirit of God did not move, the efforts of men were vain.

The proceedings were brought to a close in prayer by Rev. J. Hartin, Portavogie who also pronounced the Benediction.

Tea was then served by the ladies of the congregation and immediately afterwards a large number made their way to the site of the new church at Loughan Hill, Bushmills Road, for the sod-cutting.

The spade was presented to Dr. Paisley by Mrs Elizabeth Hartin daughter of Mr. and Mrs McIleavy, stalwart foundation members of the congregation, and after Mr Whyte had shown the Moderator where the sod was to be cut the service was duly performed.

The proceedings were then brought to a close by singing the Doxology.

P.S. Further comments about the actual sod-cutting ceremony are best left to the Moderator for he was shown the hardest, stoniest part on all the site! [7]

"Knowing what Ulster ought to do"
A Sermon Preached by Dr. Paisley in Martyrs Memorial Church (Electrically Recorded)

"And of the children of Issachar, which were men, that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. The heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment."

1 Chronicles chapter 12, verse 32.

I want you to notice five things that are in this portion of God's Precious and Holy Word.

First of all, of these people spoken of their tribe is designated. They are of the tribe of Issachar.

Secondly, their testimony is vindicated. 'They knew what Israel ought to do.'

Thirdly, their truth is demonstrated. 'They had understanding of the times.'

Fourthly, their total is enumerated. 'There were 200 of them.'

Fifthly, their tactic is operated. 'All their brethren were at their commandment.'

Very briefly I want to deal with these five great things.


First of all their tribe is designated. They were of the tribe of Issachar.

Now, everything in Scripture dovetails together. There are absolutely no contradictions in God's precious Word. Not only are there no contradictions in the Blessed Word of God but there is a complementing of every passage of Scripture to make one perfect whole.

Who was Issachar? Issachar was the fifth son of Leah - the first wife of Jacob. Five in Scripture is the number of divine grace, and when Issachar was born Leah said, "He will bring reward". For where the grace of God works there is always an exceeding great reward. [8]

Now this number five dominates the tribe - the fifth largest tribe among the people of God. So Issachar was the fifth son by Leah to Jacob, and they were the fifth largest tribe when the first census was taken. But let me say something more. When you study the Word of God you discover this, that it was an increasing tribe, for when the second census was taken, their number had jumped to 64,300, and then they were the third largest tribe. Three in Scripture is the number of completion, and the grace of God always leads to completion, for it says in the Book, "Ye are complete in Christ." So this was a very special tribe. They were dominated by grace.

In this dark hour of our Province's history, and perhaps no one knows just how dark this hour is nor how dark it is going to be. I was talking to a high ranking police officer and he said to me, 'You know, there is going to be no brief and short uprising in this country. We are preparing for a very long hot summer', and further , 'Anything we have seen is nothing to what we are going to see.' So we don't know how dark the hour is yet and if this country is going to know deliverance it will be by the grace of God alone. It will be by men and women of grace. God's way of deliverance is through the people of God, the men of Issachar. May God enlarge the tribe! May God make us all men and women of grace, and men and women who are going on unto perfection.


Let us come to the second thing in the text. Having looked at their tribe designated, let us look at their testimony vindicated. 'They had understanding of the times.'

Turn to Deuteronomy chapter 33, and you will find the blessing which Moses gave to this tribe. Moses, the man of God, blessed the tribes, and in verse 18 he said, "And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy, going out; and Issachar, in thy tents." So you will notice, first of all, that the tribe of Issachar was blessed with the characteristic of rejoicing. They were a rejoicing tribe. Where did they rejoice? They rejoiced in their tents. In the house where they lived there was the spirit of rejoicing.

You say to me, 'How can you rejoice in such a situation? 'I would reply to that, 'Get your eyes upon the God who is on the Throne.'

There is not a situation, there is not a crisis, there is not a problem, there is not a trouble, there is not a circumstance which the Lord [9] Jesus Christ is not completely and totally on top of. God's people need to get that into their souls today. So often we are looking around and we have a spirit of depression. Brethren and sisters, let us rejoice, God is on the Throne! Note the spirit of rejoicing that was in this tribe.

Something else about this tribe. Look at verse 19, "They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness." You will notice that these people had communion with God through the sacrifice that was upon the mountain.

Where shall I go today? I shall go to Calvary. Under what shadow shall I abide? shall I abide under the shadow of the Cross. Where shall I look, with desolations on the right hand and desolations on the left, with trouble before and trouble behind? I shall turn mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh mine aid. My safety cometh from the Lord. Where shall I meet the Lord? I shall meet Him at the place called Calvary.

How did these people have understanding of the times? Because they walked and communed with God. Enoch knew the age in which he lived because he walked with God. Noah knew the age he lived in, because he walked with God. We shall know the age we live in, because we walk with God.

It would not be very hard, looking at the present situation, to have some understanding of the times, and there is one thing I welcome, and I welcome heartily and that is the exposure of Romanism and the exposure of the Ecumenical Movement. Think of it, the Archbishop of Canterbury saying that he is offering special prayers for Bobby Sands. How low can the Archbishop of Canterbury get? He is coming to this city on the first week of June. Our Presbytery is going to have a great march to St Anne's Cathedral on that night, and I trust the seven thousand that haven't bowed the knee to Baal will be present. And when Dr. Runcie comes to this city he will know there are people here who don't believe in prayers for the dead, and they don't believe in his bolstering up of terrorists and murderers.

The English Bishops - the Roman Catholic hierarchy of England have issued a booklet explaining how the Church can believe that suicide is sin, and vet bury a person, who commits suicide, with full Church honours. They are just simply saying 'The Church can believe one thing and when it suits them to practise another it is quite all right practising it!' Rome can change to any stand according to the wind of the circumstances which overtakes her. [10]

Then we have a Church of Ireland rector and he also is going to attend Mass for the repose of Bobby Sands' soul. The Roman Catholic priest in the centre of the murdered Rt Hon. M.P. Airey Neave's constituency having also a Requiem Mass to honour the soul of Bobby Sands. Yes, and the American Roman Catholic priest said that "Bobby Sands died like Jesus Christ. He was a substitute sacrificed for others." Blasphemer! No one ever died like Jesus

Christ! No one ever could die like Jesus Christ, for He was the Sacrifice appointed from all Eternity. Am I not glad this Church stands completely outside the World Council, the British Council, and the Irish Council of Churches, and every other Ecumenical Organisation on the face of the earth? Am I not glad I am a separatist, a Bible believer, a fundamentalist in the tradition of the great Protestant Reformation? Thank God for God's Word and an understanding of the times! You will only have that understanding if you keep to the Word of God.


Having looked at their tribe designated, and their testimony vindicated, let us look at their truth demonstrated.

Turn back to that text of Scripture again, 'they knew what Israel ought to do.' If you turn to Deuteronomy, chapter 33 again you will find where they got this wisdom. Where did they get it? They got this wisdom in "the abundance of the seas," and in "the treasures hid in the sand." Verse 19. I would like to dwell at some length on that portion. "the abundance of the seas" "the treasures hid in the sand." The best description of this Book is, 'It is the abundance of the seas.' The best description of this Book is that 'it is treasures in the sand.'

Tell me, How do you get the abundance of the seas? You have to fish for them. You have to throw out the net. How do you get the treasure in the sands? You have got to dig for it. Kneel at the altar of Almighty God and call and cry mightily upon His Name that God might visit His people and that there might be a great deliverance Could I say today that the people of God should get to their faces before God in prayer. I would urge upon you, I would urge upon you the necessity of redoubling your efforts in prayer, for prayer does more than the world dreams of. It is the Holy Weapon which God has given to His people. 'Ask of me.' 'Command ye me concerning my work.' If the people of God pray, the church of Jesus Christ shall advance upon her knees, and great shall be the victory which God [11] shall give in this Province at this time. The answer to it all is an old-fashioned, heaven-sent, sky-blue revival. When God puts His Holy fear upon the nations then shall they learn Eternal wisdom.


The fourth one - Their total enumerated. Why 200? That is the first thing I asked myself when I was preparing this sermon -Why 200? I discovered that the number 200 is the number of 'human insufficiency.' Turn over in your Bible to John's Gospel chapter 6 and verse 7, "Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little." There is the insufficiency of money, 'Two hundred penny worth.'

If you turn to 2 Samuel chapter 14 you will find another 200 mentioned. 2 Samuel chapter 14 we read about Absalom, and we have something about Absalom here in verse 25 and verse 26, "But in all Israel there was none so much praised as Absalom for his beauty; from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. And when he polled his head (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight"

Keep that Scripture in mind and turn to the eighteenth chapter of the same second Book of Samuel. 2 Samuel chapter 18, verse 9: "And Absalom met the servants of David, and Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth, and mule that was under him went away." Here we have the insufficiency of beauty in the weight of the beautiful hair of the handsome prince Absalom.

Then, thirdly, in Judges chapter 17 you have another reference to 200. Judges chapter 17, verse 4: "His mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Mi6ah." There you have the insufficiency of religion - man-made religion.

The insufficiency of money, the insufficiency of beauty and the insufficiency of religion. In our text we have the number 200 which is designated by insufficiency. There is a reason for that, because no flesh ever glories in the Lord's work. Man's insufficiency becomes divine sufficiency when God steps in, and in I Corinthians chapter l and verse 27 we read, "God hath chosen the foolish things of the [12] world to confound the wise: God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things that are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are "The two hundred princes in the tribe of Issachar were insufficient but with God all things are possible. So, today, men might say, 'What can you do?' In ourselves we can do nothing, but with God we are the majority and we shall do all things.


Last of all, their tactic operated - "All their brethren were at their commandment." Sixty-four thousand, three hundred men all at the commandment of two hundred men! The lesson here is the lesson of strict discipline - submission to God's law, obedience to God's command, and the resulting victory which flows when men and women are obedient to God's command.

The challenge of this text, the challenge of this historical incident and narrative is timely to our souls today. We look out on a humanly speaking, impossible, dark, black picture of man's catastrophe, of man's sin and we come and stand at the Cross and we learn that there is power in the Blood of the Lamb, and that victory is assured to the church of Jesus Christ. 'I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her.'

God has shown us what we should do: God is calling us to have understanding of the times: God has shown us that insufficient men and women can become wonderfully sufficient in the hands of Almighty God. And I would say those words of command, 'Now then do it; bring back the King. May we let the KING of kings and LORD of lords rule completely in our lives, and in the discipline of submission to His will, then God will see us more than through this crisis to the place of victory and the place of blessing. May God haste that day for Jesus' Sake.'


The Story of the Bangor Congregation and their Church Building


Some five years ago on Tuesday 17th Feb. 1 976 a meeting was called to discuss and gauge the possibility of opening a Free Presbyterian Church in Bangor. Many families and individuals from the town and neighbouring area had been fellowshipping in the Martyrs Memorial. Those same people had a desire for a separatist testimony to the Lord our Christ to be raised in Bangor. The Rev. T. H. Cairns, then Minister of Trinity Free Presbyterian Church (Portavogie) chaired the meeting, which enthusiastically sought the fulfilment of their plans for a local congregation.

A regular prayer meeting in the homes of interested families was arranged for what was known as the Bangor Free Presbyterian Outreach. Steps were also taken to locate a site upon which a meeting place would be built. These prayer times were a blessing to all who attended, as God freely met with His people. The interior committee decided after six months that a Sunday Afternoon Gospel Service and a weekly prayer meeting should be commenced, and the local Orange Hall was the venue.

So on Sunday, 5 September 1976, the first Sunday Meeting was held, with about thirty-six people present. The presence and power of God was evident at that service and subsequent meetings. An encouraging work also got under way among the children of Kilcooley Estate, and a home was opened for the purpose of telling boys and girls about the Saviour.


A dramatic incident was to change the future of the Bangor outreach. A local land-owner phoned Dr. Paisley's office to say that he wanted to sell a site to him. This offer of a five acre site was a request that could not go unanswered! The brethren agreed that the Rev Cairns and Dr Paisley should enquire further and should negotiate purchase if the land was suitable. So 1977 began with a tremendous step of faith - the asking price was between 10 and [14] 20,000. For the congregation of 30-40 people, this was a fortune but they believed that if God wanted the site for them He would enable the necessary funds to be released!

By September 1977 the necessary planning approval had been granted, and the Estate Agent then advised that 15,000 was the sum required. The congregation had 600 in the Bank. A Building Fund Appeal was launched and the first offering was taken up among the committee. Almost 1800 was realised in gifts and covenants, and subsequent loans boosted the Bank Account to over 3000 within weeks.

God honours those who honour Him, and as the congregation prospered financially it also prospered numerically and spiritually. Larger accommodation was rented from the Borough Council and on 2 October 1977 Morning and Evening Services and a Sabbath School commenced in Hamilton House. Each Sunday a Free Presbyterian Minister, Student, or Lay-Man proclaimed God's Word faithfully. The first Autumn Gospel Campaign was held and Dr. Paisley was the main speaker. Several anxious souls were spoken to and pointed to the Saviour. The following autumn the Rev. William McCrea conducted the Mission and about twelve souls were saved.

On April 1978 the Rev Cairns was informed that the Deed of Sale for the land had to be completed by the end of May and the purchase price paid. With God's Help this was achieved, and on June 1st the land was the property of the now constituted Bangor Free Presbyterian Church.

Although it would be several months before the exact definition of the site was agreed, there were many meetings to discuss the type and design of the building. Eventually the plans of the Sunday School complex of Tandragee Church were adopted as being most practical. This complex would have a main hall, twelve side rooms, a minister's room, prayer room, and kitchen etc. The drawings were submitted to the planning authorities and again the congregation experienced the virtue of patience.


At a Congregational meeting in March 1979 the interior committee was replaced with an elected seven man Church committee. The new committee had the valuable support of local builder, James Patterson, a member of Martyrs Memorial. This [15] Brother in Christ prepared designs and made practical suggestions as to how the complex could be economically accomplished. As much of the work as possible was to be done voluntarily, with outside professional help being sought for specialist work.

On the 30th January 1980 the job began to put the plans into action and the initial step was taken to clear the site for the digging of the foundations. From February on it was back-breaking and arduous work for the volunteer labourers, to lift and lay the thousands of concrete blocks - for James Patterson and Vincent McAuley it was all in a day's work! In June the Stone laying Service was held on perhaps the wettest day of the year. A tremendous crowd was present when Dr. Paisley and Rev. Cairns laid the foundation stones.

During the Summer months the block laying went on and by September the roof work was in progress. The locals must have wondered what the Bangor Shipyard crane was doing at the site; but it was the only machine capable of lifting and positioning the roof trusses. The one thousand and one necessary jobs were undertaken with much grace. It must have been the tactful way the professionals pointed out mistakes or showed how a particular job should be done, that kept the workers coming Saturday by Saturday!

In the 16 month building programme it was gratifying to witness the faithfulness of those willing to sacrifice their time and talent for the Lord's work. The entire project was carried out accident free though there have been some near things. When the roof tiles were being fitted, the treasurer suddenly disappeared for a while through the rafters. The same person had to be more nimble the day the arclamp standard fell! Then the Secretary and one of the committee were volunteered to keep the contents of the site hut in place whilst it was being moved. Rather than move forward the hut shifted sideways at 45. They literally had to shoulder the burden till rescued!


It was truly a labour of love to work on this building, and a big thanks goes to all those who have assisted in anyway; to the many people who supplied or donated materials and equipment.

Above all we give thanks and praise to Almighty God - let His Name be Glorified. [16]



Because the late Rev. W.P. Nicholson exercised a strong evangelistic ministry and was an implacable opponent of Romanism and the modernistic ecumenical trend of the Irish Presbyterian Church. Mr. Nicholson endorsed the stand of the Free Presbyterian Church; he stated: "So they have chosen Davey for Moderator. That's the last straw on the camel's back. I can't see how any, minister or member can remain any longer in the denomination and especially when they have a real Presbyterian church to go to. Tell Mr Paisley, to preach on Revelation 18: "Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not her plagues." (letter to a Free Presbyterian Elder)


Because we refuse any affiliation with the Irish Presbyterian Church or any other body which has repudiated the fundamentals of the faith.


Because we accept the doctrines of Presbyterianism summarised in the Westminster Confession of Faith as being founded upon and agreeable to the Word of God.

Thus the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster is the authentic voice of Old fashioned Presbyterianism.



The Rev Ian Paisley made a trouble-free visit to Edinburgh last night to lead a religious service to commemorate the execution 300 years ago of the Covenanter Donald Cargill.

Throughout the evening there were only a few shouts heard from Republican sympathisers who cried "Bigot," and "What about Bobby Sands?" as the Northern Ireland MP led three ceremonies.

On his arrival at the Grass-market, Mr Paisley laid the first wreath at the Martyrs' Memorial then, on the way to the Mercat Cross in the High Street, he hung a second on the padlocked gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard, from which the demonstrators had been barred by Edinburgh District Council's environmental health committee. The Covenanters' Memorial is in the Kirkyard.

At the 35-minute service in the High Street, before a gathering of several hundred about 150 of whom had come with him from Ulster for the occasion he condemned those who had tried to disrupt the plans for the commemoration, including Lothian Regional Council.

He said: "If their ban had continued, we would still have gone ahead. We do not intend to allow anyone to take [24] from us our inalienable right to practise our religion and enjoy our religious liberty that has been fought for in this United Kingdom."

Mr Paisley then took a swipe at the former Labour MP, Mrs Shirley Williams. "I would advise Shirley Williams that she does not live in a Roman Catholic nation but in a Protestant nation. We have still a Protestant constitution, a Protestant throne, and, thank God, Prince Charles is marrying a Protestant. This is a Protestant land and we intend to retain this heritage and to maintain it."

"Mrs Williams has no objection to a 'foreign monarch' the King of the Vatican, coming to this land but she objects to me, a member of the British House of Commons, from declaring my witness here in Edinburgh. I would remind her that I retained my seat at the last General Election. She lost hers."

After laying the final wreath at the Mercat Cross, Mr Paisley spoke to a number of well-wishers and signed some autographs before being driven off to a city hotel where he was staying the night.

1681 * 1981 DONALD CARGILL Covenanter and Martyr PART 2

In the last few weeks of the stirring life of Richard Cameron, Cargill was much with him and supported him in his last Sabbath of preaching. With Cameron's death a great sense of loss came to Cargill and he made this evident when he preached at Shotts the sabbath after Ayrsmoss from the text "Know ye not there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel." II Samuel 3:38.

In his youth, he said he fell under deep soul-exercise and no relief came and the trouble increased until he determined to make away with his life. But when he was standing, in the early morning before anybody was about, on the brink of the coal-pit in whose darkness he meant to throw himself, he heard an unmistakable voice from the skies "Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee." It was not only an advent of deliverance when deliverance was needed most.

At a great gathering at Torwood on the road between Larbert and Stirling, he preached from the prophet Ezekiel 21:26." "Thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem and take of the crown." On this he preached to a large gathering and when the sermon was finished, he went on, in well-weighed words, to excommunicate Charles Stuart, King of England; James, Duke of York; James, Duke of Monmouth, John, Duke of Rothes; the Kings' advocate, Sir George Mackenzie; and Thomas Dalzell, of Binns. And as the causes are just, so, being done by a minister of the Gospel and in such a way as the present persecution would admit of, the sentence is just; there are no kings or ministers on earth who without repentance of the persons, can reverse these sentences, God who is their Author is more engaged to the ratifying them; and all that acknowledge the Scriptures ought to acknowledge them.

Cargill's sermons were briefer than those of the majority of his brethren. On leaving a conventicle he was approached by a lady who said, "Oh Sir, it is a long time betwixt meals and we are in a starving condition and it is sweet and good and wholesome [25] which ye deliver; but why do ye straiten us for shortness." Cargill's reply is noteworthy, "Ever since I bowed the knee in good earnest to pray, I never durst pray or preach with my gifts; and when my heart is not affected and comes not up with my mouth. I always thought it time for me to quit. What comes not fom my heart I have little hope that will go to the heart of others."

Cargill preached his last sermon upon the text "Isaiah 22:20. "Come my people enter into your chamber," at Dunsyre Common between Clydesdale and Lothian. Early next morning, in Covington Mill, where he had rested over night he was captured by James Irvine of Bonshaw, who held a commission from General Dalzell, and who was set on gaining the prize of 5,000 marks placed on the preacher's head. He and his friends who were seized with him, Walter Smith and James Borg were hurried to Glasgow, and taken from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

At the Mercat Cross, taking his bible he turned to "Psalm 118." and commenced to sing from verse 16 Mounting the ladder he said, "God knows I mount his ladder with less fear, less perturbation than I ever mounted a pulpit to preach. "When he reached the top he sat down and said, "Now I am near getting the crown of which I shall be sure; for which I bless the Lord and desire all you to bless Him that hath brought me hero and made me triumph over devils and men and sin. They shall wound me no more. I forgive all men the wrongs they have done me and I pray the sufferers may be kept from sin and helped to know their duty." He then engaged in silent prayer and then with a note of exultant triumph singing and ringing in his voice, he cried "Farewell all relations and friends in Christ. Farewell all acquaintances and earthly enjoyments. Farewell reading and preaching, praying and believing wanderings and reproaches and sufferings. Welcome Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Into Thy hands I commend my spirit."

The final scene was one of cruelty and almost barbarism. The hangman hacked at the head of Cargill and they fixed it on the Netherbow Port beside Richard Cameron's the old saint in communion once more with the young. It was the 27th July 1681 just a year since Cameron had been killed at Ayrsmoss.

The Privy Council - Glasgow 1st October 1662

John, Earl of Middleton His Majesties Commissioner Chancellor; Duke of Hamilton; Montrose; Mortoun; Eglintoun; Linlithgow; Callander; Newburgh; Sinclare; Lie; Blackhall.

Act against Donald Cargill minister of the Barony Church of Glasgow, who has not sought lawful presentation nor collation from the Archbishop of Glasgow and has not observed the anniversary of His Majesty's restoration.

"Information being given that Donald Cargill minister of the Barony Church of Glasgow, has not only disobeyed the acts of Parliament for keiping ane anniversary thanksgiving for his Majesty's happy restauration and for obtaining a laufull presentation and collation from the Archbishop of Glasgow before the twenty of September last but also that his carriage has been most seditious and that he's deserted their flock to [26] their great prejudice by the want of the ordinances, therefore the Lords of Council declare the forsaid church to be now vacant and at the inconveniences that may follow by his residing at Glasgow or places neir adjacent, they command and charge the said Mr. Donald Cargill not to resid in any place on the southsyd of the river of Tey and to cause transport his familie and what belongs to him out of the toune of Glasgow before the first November nixt with the certification that if he be found to contraveen and to be sein on this syd of Tey, he shall be apprehendit, imprisoned and procedit against as a seditious person and ordaines that these presents be inimat to him personally or at his dwelling place and at the mercat croce of Glasgow and paroch church where he lives, that he pretend not ignorance.

Edinburgh, 13th November 1681

The Lords of his Majesties Privy Council having mett extraordinarly upon notice of the apprehending of some prisoners by the Generall who were called and examined.

"Archibald and John Spreull also called and interrogate who made answer prout in scriptis."

"Ma.rion Harvey a woman of Borrowstounes prisoner also examined would make no answer.

"Remitted to the Justices to call these prisoners before them in a fenced court and take their judiciall confessions upon these heads, whereupon they were examined before the Councill and principal confession to be sent in to the Justice Clerk Deput. "Recommended to the Earies of Linlithgow, Perth, Bishop of Edinburgh, Lord Rosse, Thesaurer Deput, Justice Clerk, and Generall Dalzell to make search and inquiry after Mr Donald Cargill and his resetters to seize upon any persons or papers they shall think fitt to report to the Councill the Afternoons." [27]


In the south of the island the insurrection assumed much more formidable dimensions, and was not crushed before much blood had been shed. It assumed here the form of a religious war. Romanism was for the time in the ascendant, and in a delirium of fierce joy feasted gluttonously on Protestant blood. The fury of the outbreak culminated in County Wexford. Under the leadership Of a Roman priest, Father Murphy of Boolavogue, the most horrid atrocities were here perpetrated. They began on a Sabbath morning. A Protestant clergyman named Burrows was brutally murdered. His son was mortally wounded, and when seven of his parishioners had been also despatched, his poor wife was left sitting on the lawn among the bleeding bodies, beside her dead husband and her dying boy, with her home in flames behind her. Similar brutalities day after day marked the path of is bloodthirsty ecclesiastic. He hounded on his followers to deeds at which humanity blushes. A camp was formed at Vinegar Hill, and its record is simply sickening. A windmill stood on the top of the hill and a barn at the foot. The country was scoured for miles round, and all the Protestants on whom hands could be laid brought in, and crowded into these buildings. From the windmill they were brought out in batches to be piked. The windmill was kept filled from the barn, and the barn from the surrounding country, and so every day, like tigers which had tasted blood and could not be satisfied, Father Murphy and the horde of other Romish ruffians whom he had collected, feasted on the slaughter of Protestants, while, to give the proceedings the solemn sanction of Mother Church, twenty priests said mass at regular intervals in different parts of the camp, and a great tub of holy water was daily blessed, that the murderers might sprinkle themselves with it and go to their work feeling that they had the blessing of the Church in their pious work. It would take too long to tell here all the other horrors of that awful time in the South of Ireland, the fearful scenes which were enacted at Enniscorthy and in the town of Wexford, and elsewhere. One place lives in infamy in the memories of many, the barn of Scullabogue. Into this 184 Protestants, chiefly old men, women, and children, were driven at [28] the pike's point. By and by, in obedience to an order for their massacre signed by a priest, they were brought out one by one and shot or piked, while their murderers actually licked up the blood which ran from their wounds. This mode of despatching their victims, however, did not prove rapid enough. So the doors of the barn were nailed up, and a burning faggot applied to the thatch roof. Soon the whole building was in blaze, and the ruffians yelled as the shrieks and cries of the hapless people within rose to heaven amid the crackling of the flames. It is still remembered how, when one little child tried to crawl out beneath the door from the burning barn, as pike was stuck into its flesh as coolly as a farmer would put his fork into a sheaf of corn, and it was tossed back into the fire!

From Hamilton's, "History of the Irish Presbyterian Church"

It is surely no wonder that Irish Protestants dread the establishment of any Romish ascendancy in the country, when they know that on every single occasion since the Reformation, at which Popery has gained the upper hand in Ireland, it has persecuted to the death. [29]


These atrocities do not depend upon hearsay. Thirty-two volumes of sworn depositions still exist in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, to attest the reality of the horrors of the awful time. It is sickening to read them, and the worst cannot be set down in print. We can tell of the infants whose brains were dashed out against walls before their helpless and horrified mothers' faces; of others who were flung into boiling pots, or tossed into ditches to the pigs; of poor Protestants whose eyes were gouged out of their heads, their hands or their ears cut off, in fiendish savagery; of many who were actually buried alive; of women, first stripped naked, then ripped up with knives; of men from whose bodies the rebels cut slices of flesh, and then roasted their victims alive; of 300 Protestants, men, women, and children, at Loughgall, stripped naked and driven into the church, the doors locked, and fierce men, like wolves or tigers than human beings, let loose upon them daily, to kill and outrage as they pleased; of women broiled on hot gridirons, and men 'hanged twice or thrice till half dead', then let down and butchered; of 196 Protestants drowned at Portadown Bridge in one day, and 1000 said to have been killed there altogether in the same manner; of the special cruelties reserved for the Protestant ministers, to whom ordinary deaths were in many cases denied as too good; of some hanged, then dismembered and their heads cut off, and pieces of their own bodies thrust into their mouths in mockery; of thirty of them massacred in one district, of one hanged at his own church door, another thrown into Lough Neagh and drowned, and a third, the Rev. Thomas Murray of Killyleagh, who was actually crucified, in blasphemous mockery of the awful tragedy of Calvary, between two other Protestant gentlemen, his two sons killed, and actually cut to pieces before their mother's eyes, then her own body frightfully mutilated, and her tongue cut half out. One can tell these things, though it is a sickening tale. But worse remains, over which a veil must be thrown - things for which a parallel can only be found in the foul deeds which made Cawnpore and Lucknow infamous in the days of the Indian mutiny. In addition to those actually killed, multitudes perished of cold and hunger in the fields, and of sickness [30] brought on by the privations to which they were exposed. The numbers of dead bodies which lay unburied tainted the air. A pestilential fever broke out, of which multitudes died. In Coleraine 6000 persons are said to have fallen victims to it, so that the living, unable to give the dead proper burial, 'laid the carcases in great ranks, into vast and wide holes, laying them so close and thick as if they had packed up herrings together.' Carrickfergus, Belfast, and Lisburn also suffered awfully from this plague. The estimates of the total numbers that perished, either directly by the hands of the rebels or by the diseases which followed, vary considerably, as we might expect. Some of the highest authorities assert that several hundreds of thousands lost their lives by the swords of the Romanists alone. It is certain that the carnage was appalling. What it would have been had that patriotic Presbyterian elder not saved Dublin Castle we can only guess. As it was, the country received a blow from which it took long to recover.

The abominable and infamous cruelties of this rebellion lie as a terrible blot on the Romish Church. From the beginning it was a Romish rebellion. Sir Phelim O'Neill declared that 'he would never leave off the work he had begun till Mass should be sung or said in every church in Ireland, and that Protestant should not live in Ireland, be he of what nation he would.' The priests joined in planning it, and were among the foremost in urging it to the utmost extreme. 'At a meeting in the Abbey of Multifarnham, in Westmeath, held about a fortnight before the commencement of hostilities, some of the clergy present recommended a general massacre as the safest and most effectual method of putting down Protestant ascendancy. Evor M'Mahon, Roman Catholic bishop of Down and Connor, prompted Sir Phelim O'Neill to the commission of some of his most revolting atrocities. The Roman Catholic clergy of all grades appear ever and anon upon the stage during the worst scenes of this dismal tragedy. A Romish bishop was the brain of the whole enterprise. The priests commonly, anointed the rebels before sending them to their murderous work, assuring them that if they chanced to be killed they would escape purgatory and go immediately to heaven. They told their people that 'the Protestants were worse than dogs, they were devils, and served the devil, and the killing of them was a meritorious act.' The massacre of 1641 was really an Irish St. Bartholomew, only more terrible and inhuman, and it is no wonder that, though described, their memory has left behind in Ulster a dread, amounting almost to terror, of being ever again placed in the power of Rome.

From Hamilton: "History of the Irish Presbyterian Church" [31]


Romanisers and Romanists always call in the secular power, when they are in the ascendancy, to crush every voice of opposition.

The R.U.C. requested the Free Presbyterian Church to call off their planned march and demonstration against the Romaniser Runcie because a Royal personage was to attend the Cathedral Consecration.

Subsequent charges that I leaked this information and put the Royal Personage at risk are nothing but blatant lies. The Dean of Belfast rung up a prominent Belfast business man some weeks before and told him about the visit. The school children at the Banbridge School which the Princess visited were informed the Thursday before and the girl who made a presentation to the Princess also knew well in advance. Mr James Molyneaux MP and Rev Martin Smyth sunk to an all time low encouraging, it would seem by their remarks the I.R.A. to make attacks on the Princess. Afterwards on a radio programme Mr Molyneaux somersaulted in usual style and maintained flying in the face of the facts that he had never made any charges against me.

The Assistant Chief Constable Mr Chesney made a firm promise to me and my ministerial colleagues that if our march was called off a token picket would be permitted at the City Hall.

When however an attempt was made to carry out that picket eighteen ministers and members of our Church were physically assaulted by the police, one elder having his coat ripped off him. In fairness it must be said however that the Roman Catholic Inspector who was responsible profusely apologised afterwards.

I was threatened with arrest over and over again as were also members of the City Council who stood with me.

After I had made an announcement on Downtown Radio and challenged Mr Chesney the orders were reversed and at the end, the picket was permitted to proceed as was originally arranged.

The R.U.C. officers involved, Messers Chesney, McAllister, Caterson, McCormick and Martin brought the R.U.C. into grave disrepute as far as Protestants are concerned and complaints have been lodged with the authorities. A further report of this unhappy incident will be carried next month.

N.B. The Rev Martin Smyth was one of those who took part in the Reception to the Arch traitor Runcie, in the City Hall, the Orange Order's Head welcoming this modern Laud who said he would be quite happy to Marry Prince Charles to a Roman Catholic.