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Depute Clerk, R. R. Simpson, Esq., W.S., Edinburgh.
General Treasurer, A. Ellison Ross, Esq., S.S.C., 15, North Bank Street, Edinburgh.
THE UNITED FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.
This Church is formed of the Free Church of Scotland and the United Presbyterian Church, which were united on 31st October, 1900. There are over 1700 Congregations, 11 Synods and 64 Presbyteries. The General Assembly meets in May.
Moderator, Rev. Thomas Kennedy, D.D.
Principal Clerks, Rev. Andrew Melville, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Kennedy, D.D.; Rev. Archibald Henderson, D.D.; Rev. William Blair, D.D.
CHURCH OF IRELAND.
It seems a little misleading to speak of the Protestant Church in Ireland as "THE CHURCH OF IRELAND," since, of the population in 1891, 74'4 per cent. were Roman Catholics, and only 12'8 per cent. Protestant Episcopalians, or members of the Churches of England and Ireland and the Episcopal Church of Scotland. By the Act of Union the Protestant Episcopal Church of Ireland was made a branch of the Established Church of England, but in 1869 an Act was passed to sever the connection, and the Irish Church became an independent body. The General Synod of the Church, consisting of the Archbishops and Bishops, and of representatives of the Clergy and Laity, has chief legislative and administrative powers. It elects and controls the Representative Body, alters and abrogates laws and canons, and may cancel or supersede acts of Diocesan synods.
The Representative Church Body consists of the 13 Archbishops and Bishops, 13 Clerical representatives, 26 Lay representatives, and 13 other co-opted Members (Clerical and Lay). It deals with matters of finance, has a Common Seal, and power to hold Church property in trust subject to the control of the General Synod.
The Funds of the Church at present in the hands of the Representative Body amount to between £8,000,000 and £9,000,000 sterling. The sum received annually in voluntary contributions was, in 1899, 131,172-about £37,000 less than in 1898, and £43,000 less than in 1897. The total expenditure was, in 1899, 419,223.
The following are the principal officials of the Church of Ireland :
PRESIDENT: His Grace the Archbishop of Armagh, Primate.
Hon. Secs., Ven. J. G. Scott, D.D., Archdeacon of Dublin; Ven. W. Colquhoun, M.A., Archdeacon of Derry; Sir J. C. Meredith, LL.D.; Gordon E. Tombe, Esq. Secretaries' Assistant, J. H. Wharton. Office, Synod Hall, Christ Church Place, Dublin.
Secretary of the Representative Church Body, Thomas Greene, M.A., 52, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
DIOCESES OF THE CHURCH OF IRELAND.
Consists of parts of
Rt. Rev. JAMES O'SULLIVAN, D.D....1890
[The Palace, Tuam.]
Deans. Tuam, Very Rev. A. Tait, D.D., LL.D.; (Killala), Wm. Skipton, Achonry, George A. Heather, M.A. Archdeacons.-(Tuam), Ven. James Treanor, M.A.; (Killala), Wm. Oliver Jackson, M.A.; (Achonry), John Geddes, LL.D.
Chancellor, Hon. Sir Fred R. Falkiner, Q.C. Registrars, The Archdeacon of Tuam, The Dean of Tuam.
PROVINCE OF DUBLIN. Dublin, Glendalough, and Kildare. A.D. 519.
the Counties of
Dublin and Wicklow, and parts of Wexford
County and Queen's County.
Right Rev. ALFRED G. ELLIOTT, D.D. 1897. [Kilmore, Cavan.]
Deans.-(Kilmore), Very Rev. W. H. Stone; (Elphin), Francis Burke; (Ardagh), Fredk. Potterton.
Archdeacons.-(Kilmore), Ven. J. M. Jackson; (Elphin), Alex. M. Kearney; (Ardagh), Wm. Moore.
Chancellor, Sir Fred R. Falkiner, Q.C. Registrars.-Kilmore), Rev. Joseph Mayne, M.A. (Elphin, The Dean; (Ardagh), Rev. R. W. Boyd.
Dioc. Secs.-(Kilmore), James H. Hampton, Esq.; Rev. J. McC. Jackson; Cecil Leslie, Esq., 7.P. (Elphin), The Archdeacon; Thos. K. Mahon, Esq.; Canon Irwin; (Ardagh), The Archdeacon Rev. W. Welwood; Meredith Johnston, Esq.
Most Rev. JOSEPH F. PEACOCKE,
[The Palace, Dublin.] Deans.-Dublin and Glendalough), Christ Church Cathedral, Very Rev. Wm. C. Greene, M.A.: (Kildare), St. Brigid's Cathedral, Very Rev. George Y. Cowell, M.A.
Archdeacons.-(Dublin), Ven. J. G. Scott, D.D.; Glendalough, Ven. Henry Galbraith, M.A.; (Kildare), Ven. Joseph Torrens, M.A. Chancellor, Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Fitzgibbon, LL.D.
Dio. Architect, J.F.Fuller, F.S.A., Dublin. Registrar, W. H. Robinson, 43, Kildare Street, Dublin.
Dioc. Sec., T. Grattan Kelly, 43, Kildare Street, Dublin.
NAT. CATHEDRAL OF ST. PATRICK. Dean, Very Rev. Henry Jellett, D.D., ord. 1844; elected 1889.
Precentor, Very Rev. H. H. Dickinson, D.D. Dean's Vicar, Rev. C. W. O'Hara Mease, M.A. Succentor, Rev. D. F. R. Wilson, M.A. Registrar, J. H. Nunn, LL.B., 37, Wellington Place, Clyde Road.
Chapter Clerk, Christopher Murray, B.A., 39, Upper Kevin Street.
Deans.-Ossory, Very Rev. Thos. Hare, D.D.; (Ferns), John Alexander, A.M.; (Leighlin), John Finlay, M.A.
Archdeacons.-(Ossory), Ven. Wm. C. Gorman, M.A.; (Ferns), Jas. K. Latham, D.D.; (Leighlin), Thomas H. Hatchell, M.Á.
Chancellor, Rt. Hon. Justice Madden, LL.D. Registrar, Thos. Kough, Esq., 7.P., Kilkenny.
Dioc. Secs.-T. Kough, Esq., 7J.P., Kilkenny; Rev. H. Rennison, M.A., Gorey; Rev. J. W. Fisher, Mountrath.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND.
The General Assembly of this Church meets annually in June. The Moderator for 1902 is Prof. James Heron, D.D. Belfast. Clerk, Rev. William James Lowe, M.A., D.D., Londonderry. The Church comprises 5 Synods and 36 Presbyteries; there are 664 Ministers, 2.038 Ruling Elders, and 106,070 Communicants. Total annual income is £276,286 (for year ended 31st March, 1901).
THE CHURCH OF ROME.
HIS HOLINESS THE POPE, Vincent Joachim Pecci, is the 257th Roman Pontiff, was born March 2nd, 1810; consecrated Archbishop of Damietta, 1843; Cardinal, 1853; elected Pope February 20th, crowned March 3rd, 1878.