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See also Andrew Boyd, Montgomery and the Black Man (Dublin: Columba Press 2006), 88pp.
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On Castle Rackrent (Maria Edgeworth): an individual picture too true to the original, but, as a general description of the landlords of Down and Antrim, at once a fictitious and a libellous caricature. (From speech quoted in Cabinet of Irish Literature.)
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Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 3: b. fathers farm, near Maghera, Co. Derry; descended from Devon puritans; family slept in the fields in 1798; ord. 1808, Glasgow; minister at Killyleagh, Co. Down; the landlord was Archibald Hamilton Rowan (United Irishman), whose son Sydney secured his election and encouraged him against liberal theologians (the Arian or New Light ministers). Moderator of Synod of Ulster, 1824; mobilised opinion against Catholic emancipation; forced Arians to secede, 1829; minister at May St., 1829-67; presiding spirit of Ulster Presbyterianism and leading protestant political force, linking evangelism with Orangism and linking the Church of Ireland Landlord interest with the low church Protestant populace against the political influence of Catholics ALSO under Henry Montgomery (1788-1865), Montgomery was a professed Arian (The Creed of an Arian, 1830), defeated in synod by Cooke and his party; they withdrew in 1828 and set up a remonstrant synod that met on 25 May 1830.
Roy Foster, Modern Ireland (1988), p.303, b. Londonderry, ed. Glasgow, ord. 1818; held ministry for life at church built for him at May St., Belfast, 1829; drove Unitarians from Synod, 1829; opposed national education system, 1831; secured State aid for Synods scheme; architect of Protestant union; challenged OConnell to debate, 1841. Biography by Francis Davis; Life and Times of Henry Cooke, D.D., J. L. Porter (London 1871) [idem. pp.15, 504. Long notice in DIH.
Jonathan Bardon, A History of Ulster (Blackstaff 1992), Henry Cooke, champion of Presbyterian orthodoxy, declared Catholics to be greatly inferior in point of education [&] farming ... they put up with far less comfort, both in point of dress and food. ; in Newry, 1822, Cooke launched virulent attack on Belfast Academical Institute declaring that the teachers held Arian beliefs in direct opposition to scripture; originally Henry Macook of Maghera; Dr Henry Montgomery successfully defended New Light teacher, but at synods in Coleraine, 1825, and Strabane, 1827, he failed to convince the members to tolerate a range of beliefs, and formed the rump synod of 1830 which became Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church; the great majority of Presbyterians united to form General Assembly in 1840, with Cooke as dominant figure.  Cooke, dubbed the American doctor in view of a degree awarded by Jefferson Coll.,; principal speaker at the great Conservative demonstration at Hillsborough, 30 Oct 1834, called by Lord Roden to unite all Protestant sects, spoke against the OConnell-Whig alliance as this close-compacted phalanx of infidelity and Popery and called Repeal just a discreet word for Romish ascendancy and Protestant extermination; he published banns of marriage between Presbyterianism and the Established religion, a sacred marriage of Christian forbearance where they differ, of Christian love where they agree, and of Christian cooperation in all matters where their common safety is concerned. When OConnell accepted an invitation, in Jan 1841, to speak to the Loyal National Repeal Assoc. in Belfast, Cooke challenged him to a debate, When you invade Ulster and unfurl the flag of Repeal, you will find yourself in a new climate ... I believe you are a great bad man, engaged in a great bad cause and as easily foiled by a weak man, armed with a good cause, as Goliath &c (Repealer Repulsed, pamph. in Linen Hall Library)  In Dublin OConnell said My friend Bully Cooke, the cock of the North has written a most insulting letter, but did not accept the challenge. On coming north, his sojourn in Belfast was marked by riots; indoors, OConnell scoffed at the boxing buffoon of the Divine; on 21 and 22 Jan. 1841, Cooke orated on the numerous and solid advantages which have accrued to Ireland from the Union. He sketched the industrial prosperity of Belf, All this we owe to the Union. no, not all - for throned above our fair town, and looking serenely from our mountains brow, I behold the genii of Protestantism and Liberty, sitting inseparable in their power, while the genius of Industry which nightly reclines at their feet, starts with every morning in renovated might ... showers down his blessings in the fair and smiling lands of a Chicester, a Conway, a Hill. ... we will guard the Union as we guard our liberty ... &c. The following day he put forward what would be the Unionist case for decades to come, that Protestant liberties would be imperilled by a Catholic majority in Dublin; Ulsters prosperity was due to Protestant enterprise; and Ulsters future lay in supplying the markets of the empire. 
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Thomas Witherow gives personal account of Cooke, sitting in his accustomed place in May St. Church at the General Assembly ostentateously marking the names of those who voted for or against his son-in-law J L Porter as Professor of Biblical Criticism (see Autobiography of Thomas Witherow, quoted by J W Nelson, in Linenhall Review (Sept. 1991).
Terence Brown writes of the epic personal battles of Presbyterian schismatics that in the nineteenth century between Henry Cooke and Henry Montgomery [were] being conducted as a clash of Titans, and later remarks that there is no twentieth-century Montgomery to oppose the twentieth-century Cooke - a reference to Ian Paisley. (The Whole Protestant Community: The Making of a Historical Myth [Field Day Pamphlets, No. 7], Derry: Field Day 1985, pp.15, 17.)
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