Armour Family

Biography/History

Descendants of Rev. James Brown Armour (1841-1928) of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Presbyterian Minister and Home Ruler. J.B. Armour, described at one time as an "almost legendary figure in the north of Ireland," was born into a Presbyterian farming family of Scottish ancestry in Lisboy, near Ballymoney, in January 1841. He was educated at the Royal Academical Belfast Institution, Queen's College, Belfast and Queen's College, Cork; Trained to become a Presbyterian Minister at the Assembly College in Belfast and was called to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney, in July 1869, a position he retained until retirement; Appointed Principal of Ballymoney Intermediate School in 1878 and lectured for a time at Magee College, Londonderry; He was politically outspoken in support of Home Rule, the Tenant Right Movement and the controversial proposal for a Catholic university. He served on the Senate of the Queen’s University of Belfast, 1910-14 and was Honorary Chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant during World War One. He retired from his Ministry in 1925 and died in Ballymoney, January 1928. See also: Armour of Ballymoney, W.S. Armour (London, 1934).