From another list's archives I saw this Bold statement "The Boyds in Ireland
brought their Prebyterianism with them from
Scotland. Some attended other protestant churches."
From the Boyd family outline in Scots Peerage, 1880, it does say very much about the
religion of the Head of the Clan until the 7th Lord Boyd:-
O1 Robert Boyd, who succeeded his grandfather as seventh Lord Boyd, b November 1595, d
28/8/1628, m 16xx, (contract dated October 1614) Margaret Montgomerie, widow of Hugh
Montgomerie, 5th Earl of Eglinton who died in 1615 or 1616 without issue to either
husband, m secondly 16xx, (contract dated 9 December 1617), Lady Christian Hamilton, widow
with issue of Robert Lindsay, 10th Lord Lindsay of the Byrnes (who died 9 July 1616) and
eldest daughter of Thomas Hamilton, First Earl of Haddington, b between 1588 and 1594, d
before 6 February 1646 at the house of her daughter, Lady Ardross, in the parish of Elie
and had issue:-
when it went onto say "... His third wife was an ardent Presbyterian and brought her
children up as such. When she died in 1646 the members of Parliament, which had been
sitting at St. Andrews, attending her funeral. They had one son and six daughters, who on
the death of their brother became co-heirs of their father."
We can only assume that many of the other branches of Boyd families in Scotland in 1617
may have also joined or followed the Presbyterian Church. There is no evidence as just
what the "junior" branches of Clan Boyd actually did in terms of religion.
I know that many Irish Boyd families were Presbyterian, however again there is no evidence
as to what percentage of the Irish Boyd were Presbyterian.
Certainly many of the USA families that have been collected are Presbyterian.
It should also be remembered that if you are in the United States and tracing your family
which were Presbyterian, there is a very good chance that they came from Ireland. And
most likely from the Northern Part of Ireland - about 9 Counties. But that did not always
happen, as some also came directly out of Scotland to go to USA/Canada.
These people who were Presbyterian "seem to be" those that what loosely might be
called the workers.
From my visit last year to County Antrim there seems to be an equal number of Church of
Ireland Churches to the Presbyterian Churches. However what the situation was like in the
1600's, 1700's and 1800's could have been quite different.
These may be some general comments that people should keep in mind trying to find their
family in Ireland.
Historical Committee, HBS