Draperstown Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry/Londonderry
The new Presbyterian Church in this place, which has been erected at the expense of the Drapers company of London alone, was opened for public worship on the Sabbath last, by the Rev. Samuel Smyth, who preached to a very large and most attentive congregation from the words in the 7th verse of the 116th Psalm Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath been bountifully with thee. The congregation previously met for worship in a large Market-house, which was fitted up for them by the Company who had so munificently paid for this new erection.
Draperstown Presbyterian was formed in October 1835 and the first minister was Rev Samuel Smith (1837- 76). The second minister, Rev William Macky (1876- 86) emigrated to New South Wales, Australia, where he became minister of the Scots Church in Sydney. The longest ministry here was that of Rev Charles Dickey who was ordained on 1 February 1887 and retired after fifty-two years, on 1 February 1939. His son, Rev Dr RS Dickey, was a missionary in India (1918- 57). Rev John Brown (1940-47) was followed here by his cousin, Rev William Robert Brown (1948-49). The church was united with Tobermore on 1 March 1973 and the first minister of the united charge was Rev Robert Dickinson (1973- 89) who was elected Moderator of the General Assembly in 1985.
From the book 'Presbyterians in Ireland - An Illustrated History' by Laurence Kirkpatrick.
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