An Interesting Bible Donation to PHSI Library

By PHSIreland.

Bible - Galway Presbyterian Church

Front page of the Bible

The PHSI Library recently acquired a very large family Bible from Galway Presbyterian Church. It is the Illustrated Family Bible with original notes by John Kitto and introductions to various Old and New Testament books by the Rev Canon Birks, published c. 1860. While it is interesting in its own right because of the 1200 wood engravings and colour photographs it is the history behind this particular copy that is fascinating.

It was presented in 1875 to the Rev Dr James Gardner Robb who at the time was minister of Cooke’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada, by many friends unconnected with the with his congregation in recognition of his able vindication of Scriptural truth and bold defence of Protestant principles. It was then given by his family to Galway Presbyterian Church in January 1929 in memory their father’s ministry in Galway.

The James Gardner Robb was born in 1833 the son of Alexander Robb, a farmer in Scrabo, Newtownards. Educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen’s College, Belfast, and Assembly’s College, Belfast, he was licensed by Belfast Presbytery in 1857 and in the following year was ordained in Clogher Presbyterian Church. In …read more

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