Person:Adam White (2)

Rev. Adam White
b.c. 1627 Scotland
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Name Rev. Adam White
Gender Male
Birth? c. 1627 Scotland
Excommunication? 1664 to 1670 Lifford, County Donegal, Republic of IrelandThe Scots in the Laggan came under the sway of Bishop Leslie of Raphoe - "who came down heavy on them." He summoned four Ministers to his court, excommunicated them and sent them to prison, where they were kept for six years, simply because they were Presbyterians. They were- John Hart of Taughboyne, Thomas Drummond of Ramelton, Adam White, and William Semple of Letterkenny.
Death? 19 Dec 1708 Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Notes for ADAM WHITE: Scottish and Irish sources reveal the following data concerning the life and ministry of the Reverend Adam White, putative ancestor of Moses and Hugh White of Delaware and Pennsylvania. Adam White was born in Scotland circa 1620-1625. He was educated at Glasgow University and received a Master of Arts degree in 1648. He was ordained - Clondevaddock (Fannet), 1654. He received 100 pounds a year from the Proctorate, 1655. Deposed for non-conformity, 1661, but continued to minister. Excommunicated and imprisoned in Lifford, 1664-1670 for disobeying a summons issued by Leslie, Bishop of Raphoe. Resigned September 18, 1672. Installed Ardstraw. Fled to Scotland, 1688. Resigned 1692. Installed Billy, near Dunluce, 1692. Died December 19, 1708.

The exodus from Scotland to Ulster continued for some years. In July, 1635, a James Blair of Ayrshire, wrote: "Above ten thousand persons, have , within two years past, left this country - between Aberdeen and Inverness, and gone over to Ireland. They have come by the hundred, through this town, and three hundred shipped together on one tide."

The founders of the Presbyterian Church in Ulster, were Clergymen, who took refuge, driven from Scotland and England, by the persecuting spirit, abroad then, against Puritans. But in 1637, the Calvinists Confession of Faith was altered. Bishops tinged with Puritanism, were deposed. High churchmen were placed in their stead. Conformity to the Established Church was enforced with pains and penalties. Deputy Wentworth imposed on the Ulster Presbyterians an oath of passive obedience - which became. known as the Black Oath. All Scots were disarmed, less they be inclined to stage a Rising.

The Scots in the Laggan came under the sway of Bishop Leslie of Raphoe - "who came down heavy on them." He summoned four Ministers to his court, excommunicated them and sent them to prison, where they were kept for six years. They were- John Hart, Thomas Waite, Adam White, and William Semple.

A Presbyterian Minister discovered "administrating the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, was fined £100. Some fled back to Scotland. Others, though they could not exercise their ministry, though their stipends were sequestered, changed their apparel to that of countrymen, taking what opportunities they could to preach in barns or glens."

The Established Church declared all marriages null and void that were not solemnised in their Church. So many had to be kept quiet. From "The Scot in Ulster." By John Harrison.

The preceding was taken from the book Representative Descendants of the Scotch-Irish Brothers Moses and Hugh White, by William B. White.

Further, it is important to note, as does William B. White that "there is no specific, direct statement to the effect that Adam White was the father or grandfather of Hugh [and Moses] White the immigrant[s]." There is "no definitive evidence to identify the names of their parents." Much has been speculated and conjectured in this regard but no one has yet to come forward with the necessary evidence linking Adam White to the two brothers. Hopefully, given time, something veracious will surface.