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John F Larkin QC Lecture - 30 March 2017

School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology and the Thirty-third Hugh M. Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography invite you to a lecture to be delivered by John F Larkin, QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland entitled:

The Case of the Clough Meeting House (1836): Law Reporting and Pamphleteering

Venue: Room G16, Irish School of Ecumenics - Loyola Institute Building, Trinity College Dublin

Date and Time: Thursday 30th March 2017 at 6pm

Chair: Professor Neville Cox, Dean of Graduate Studies

Welcome: Professor Fáinche Ryan, Director, The Loyola Institute

Wine reception to follow

Admission is free. Please register in advance to ecumsec@tcd.ie

Abstract
The case of Dill v Watson (1836) determined which of two parties in Irish Presbyterianism was entitled to the ownership of the Meeting House in Clough, County Down. It was the first Irish battle in a campaign in which litigation was the adjunct of theological controversy, and in the Clough case there is almost a fusion of legal and theological debate. What is striking (and fascinating) about the Clough case is that both parties published reports of the decision. Law reporting was for the parties to the Clough litigation no abstract record of a judicial decision but a further way for historical, legal, political and theological debate to be carried on. The two reports of the Clough case opened a distinct front in a pamphlet campaign that lasted until the Nonconformists Chapels Act 1844. This lecture explores this litigation and its background through the prism of the two partisan reports of the Clough case and examines the significance of these reports for the wider legal and theological controversy.


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