Dr Andrew Holmes

Dr Andrew Holmes

B.A. (Hons), Modern History and Economic and Social History, QUB, 1998
M.Litt., Modern Historical Studies, University of St Andrews, 2000
Ph.D., QUB, 2002

Research interests
The history of religion in Ireland from c. 1660 to 1930 with particular reference to Presbyterianism and evangelicalism. These themes are examined in various published and forthcoming studies, including his monograph, The shaping of Ulster Presbyterian belief and practice 1770–1840: tradition, reform, and revival (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2006), and a collection edited with Crawford Gribben entitled Protestant millennialism, evangelicalism, and Irish society, 1790-2000 (forthcoming, Palgrave, 2006).

Current research
Dr Holmes’s research at the Institute is part of a broader project that will examine the religious and intellectual life of Irish Presbyterians between 1840 and 1930 and how they saw their place in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and in the world of transatlantic Protestantism. Two specific areas are examined. First, the relationship between Presbyterianism and Ulster-Scots identity c. 1870 to 1930 will be considered in order to better understand how Ulster Presbyterians understood their relationship with their mother church in Scotland, their historical experience in Ireland, their own theological tradition, and the Presbyterian diaspora in America. Second, historians have devoted considerable attention to the relationship between the Scottish Enlightenment, the ideas of Francis Hutcheson (an Ulster Presbyterian and son of the manse), and the United Irishmen, but have ignored how the Scottish Philosophy shaped Presbyterian attitudes to a range of issues after 1798.

Dr Holmes will consider how Presbyterian evangelicals in the nineteenth century appropriated and used the Scottish Philosophy by examining the disputes over the teaching of metaphysics at the Belfast Academical Institution, the forerunner of Queen’s; the influence of a Scotsman, James McCosh, who was professor of logic and metaphysics at Queen’s from 1852 to 1868, later president of Princeton College, and historiographer of the Scottish philosophy; and the particular influence of this philosophy upon Presbyterian attitudes to ethics, natural science, and biblical criticism.

Selected publications
‘Nineteenth-century Ulster Presbyterian perspectives on the 1798 rebellion’, in J. Augusteijn, Mary Ann Lyons, and D. McMahon (eds.), Irish history: a research yearbook, 2 (Dublin, 2003), 43-52
‘Community and discipline in Ulster Presbyterianism, 1770-1840’ in Kate Copper and Jeremy Gregory (eds), Retribution, repentance and reconciliation: Studies in Church History, 40 (Woodbridge, 2004), 266-77
‘Millennialism and the interpretation of prophecy in Ulster Presbyterianism, 1790-1850’ in Crawford Gribben and T.C.F. Stunt (eds), Prisoners of hope? Aspects of evangelical millennialism in Scotland and Ireland, 1800-1880 (Carlisle, 2005), 150-76
‘Tradition and enlightenment: conversion and assurance of salvation in Ulster Presbyterianism, 1700-1859’, in M. Brown, C. I. McGrath, and T. P. Power (eds), Converts and conversions in Ireland, 1650-1850 (Dublin, 2005), 129-56

Contact Details
E-mail: a.holmes@qub.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 1297