Excommunications Derry Diocese 1667

EX-COMMUNICATIONS DIOICESE OF DERRY 1667

PRONI T/552.
In 1667 over one hundred people in Derry diocese were excommunicated by the Established Church, mostly for nonconformity. Nonconformity was defined as ‘not only absence from church, but baptising by unlicensed ministers’. A number of individuals were excommunicated for refusing to contribute to the repair of their local Church of Ireland church or 'refusing to hear Divine Service'.  Other reasons included failing to pay tithes, fornication and adultery. John Boyd of Ardstraw, was further charged with ploughing on Christmas Day and condemning the ecclesiastical government. In the parish of Donagheady (below) the most common reasons given for expulsion was non-conformity, absence from Church and adultery. Three couples were indicted for adultery, named and shamed without due process by modern standards.

The parishes include:
Ardstra
Balteagh
Bodoney
Cappagh
Clondermott
Clonleigh
Cumber
Donagheady
Donaghmore
Drumachose
Dungiven
Faughanvale
Tamlaght Finlagan
Termoneeny
Excommunications Donagheady parish 1667







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