HC Deb 17 March 1884 vol 286 c23

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, How many Methodists are now in the Senate of the Royal University of Ireland; whether Dr. Scott, the Principal of the Methodist College in Belfast, was an original Member of the Senate, and continued a Member until his death; why a Methodist gentleman was not appointed in his place; and, whether there are in Ireland many Methodist gentlemen eminently qualified for that position?


Sir, there is one Wesleyan Methodist on the Senate of the Royal University now. THE late Dr. Scott was, as slated, a member of the Senate, and continued a member until his death. No doubt, there are many Wesleyan gentleman qualified to occupy the position; but in tilling the vacancy the Government did not feel bound to appoint a gentleman of the same denomination. In making the appointment, the Irish Government paid careful regard to the proportion of the several denominations of the population of Ireland.


I be to give Notice that I will call attention to this matter.