Hugh MacNeile

1795-1879; b. 15 July, Ballycastle, Co Antrim; ed. TCD, MA 1821; DD 1847; ord. 1820; canon of Chester, 1845-68; Dean of Ripon, 1868-75; strong evangelical; sermons and religious works; his sermon-pamphlet The Famine a Rod of God: its Provoking Cause, Its Merciful Design (1847) epitomsied the evangelical view of the catastrophe. ODNB

The Famine a Rod of God: its Provoking Cause, Its Merciful Design: A Sermon proached in St. Jude’s church, Liverpool, on Sunday, February 28, 1847
(London 1847).


Encyclopaedia Britannica
(1949 edn.), calls him the incumbent St Jude’s, Liverpool, 1834-64; maintained that ‘when God made the minister he did not unmake the citizen’; long contest with Liverpool corporation which proposed to secularise education by introducing the Irish national school system; led fierce agitation against withdrawal of the Bible; every child provided in Church of England schools established by public subscriptions; opponent of Tractarian movement; leader of evangelical party; Lectures on the Church of England (1840); the Church and the Churches (1846), maintaining doctrine of invisible Church in opposition to Newman and Edward Pusey; canon of Chester, 1860 [sic]; Dean of Ripon, 1868. Bibl. Charles Bullock, Hugh MacNeile and the Reformation Truth (1882).

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