Tour Locations | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City
LOCATION 28 | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City
Martha Magee and the history of the Magee College
We are now approaching the Students Union building on our left. Follow the road as it veers around to the right.
Martha Magee actually had no direct connection with the city as she was from Lurgan and a widow of a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church. She had moved to Dublin and lived a frugal life, supporting good causes. She had two brothers who had amassed fortunes from serving in the British Army and after they died she was the main benefactor from their estates. When she died in June 1846, she left monies to many church charities and in particular a bequest of £20,000, which would be a few million pounds now, to establish a theological institution in Ireland to prepare students for the Presbyterian ministry. Previously Presbyterians either had to study theology in Glasgow or go to the Anglican controlled Trinity College in Dublin.
This bequest proved to be matter of contention within the Presbyterian Church as it was debated for nearly 20 years as to whether it should be located in either Londonderry, Belfast or even Armagh.
In recent years it has become one of the campuses of the University of Ulster.
Keep walking in the direction of the Northland Road keeping the library building on your left.