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Rev Andrew Black
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Birth: 1700
North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Jul. 6, 1782
County Down, Northern Ireland

The first settlers in this area attended 1st Saintfield Presbyterian church. Their first request for their own preacher was turned down. After a disagreement over the new minister in Saintfield they broke away. The 1st Presbyterian Church, Boardmills was established as a secession church in 1749 with its first minister Rev. Andrew Black. Rev. Black was installed as the first minister of the church on June 22, 1749:

"A meeting of Synod at Stirling on 2nd of May 1749 considered a call given by the congregation of Killaney to Mr Andrew Black. A considerable time having been spent reasoning upon the subject and in prayer, after which the majority voted for Mr Black's transportation from Cumbernauld to Killaney "to serve in the work of the ministry as their lawful pastor thereat." Mr Black's admission to be upon Thursday, 22nd June next, which day they appointed to be observed as a day of fasting and humiliation by the congregation of Killaney - that the Presbytery of Glasgow meet at Madero on the said day at 10 o'clock before noon. This to be announced at the new meeting house of Killaney by the Rev John Swantson, minister of the Gospel at Kinross. Mr Swantson was to preach the sermon at the admission.

The Rev Andrew Black was born in 1700 in Cumbernauld, Scotland, then a village between Glasgow on the road to Falkirk and Sterling.

Mr Black had three daughters, Mrs Magill, Mrs Menown and Mrs Watt.

Mr Black settled down to live on 11 Irish acres and 34 perches in the townland of Bresagh to a crowded diary of a crowded life. He was a man who spent a great part of the day in the saddle or on foot, sometimes far into the night. In fair or foul weather he travelled for baptising (children were baptised at a much earlier age often at one or two days old) marrying, visiting the sick and dying, attending markets and buying cattle. His life was half that of pastor and half farmer.

On 24 July 1751 Mr Black founded the first Burgher Presbytery in Ireland, the Presbytery of Down with Mr Mayne and Mr Clark. Mr Black was very active and zealous in his endeavours to extend the church. In April 1752 we find Mr Black before the Synod bemoaning the lack of Gospel in Ireland. The societies at Loughaghery, Ballynahinch and Lissara were fostered by Mr Black until they became established congregations. Wherever a body of people hungering for the Gospel made application for sermon to the Seceders, the opportunity was never neglected.

He retired in 1777 and died on 6 July 1782."

from "The Church in the Rolling Hills", PRESBYTERY OF DOWN

Cemetery records:
"Black Sperandum est mori. Here resteth in the Lord the remains of the Revd. Andrew Black, late Minister of this Congregation who departed this life, 06 Jul 1782, aged 82 years. Also the remains of his wife Margaret Black who departed this life, 26 Mar 1785, aged 83 years. Here also resteth the remains of Hugh Watt of Carrickmadero who departed this life 10 Apr 1771 aged 48 years. Also the remains of his wife Mary Watt alias Black who departed this life 20 Aug 1774 aged 41 years. Christi more more domatur." 
Family links: 
  Margaret Black (1701 - 1785)
  Mary Black Watt (1733 - 1774)*
*Calculated relationship
First Boardmills Presbyterian Churchyard
County Down, Northern Ireland
Created by: Katie
Record added: Oct 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98352660

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 Added: Oct. 6, 2012

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