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Lecture on Francis Hutcheson

Wednesday 11 December, 7.30pm Armagh Robinson Library

Ian McBride, Professor of Irish History at Oxford University, will speak on the topic "Francis Hutcheson: The Making of a Revolutionary".

The philosopher Francis Hutcheson had a profound influence on Irish Presbyterianism, the Enlightenment and the American Revolution. His career began 300 years ago when he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Armagh. This lecture returns to 1719, a year when Irish Presbyterians fought for religious equality, when the Synod of Ulster divided into 'New Light' and 'Old Light', and relations between Britain and Ireland broke down.  It will explain how the different cultural traditions of Ulster, Scotland and Dublin informed Hutcheson's influential writings.

This lecture will connect with three tercentenaries: it was in 1719 that the Irish Parliament enacted the Toleration Act which exempted Protestant dissenters from certain restrictions to which they had previously been subject. The year also witnessed the beginning of the First Subscription Controversy, which eventually led to the creation of the Non-Subscribing Presbytery of Antrim, and it was in 1719 that it was reported to the General Synod of Ulster that Francis Hutcheson (the future philosopher) had been licensed as a probationer Presbyterian minister by the Presbytery of Armagh.

Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)

Contact: Pre-booking is esential. To reserve a place, please use the contact details below. Telephone Number: 02837523142