From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Duchal, James, D.D., a Presbyterian divine, was born at or near Antrim, in 1697. He studied at the University of Glasgow, where he took the degree of M.A., and became pastor of a small congregation in Cambridge. In 1730 he accepted an invitation to settle in Antrim. After he had served there for ten years, his friend Mr. Abernethy, then minister of the dissenting congregation in Wood-street, Dublin, died, and Duchal was induced to become his successor. Duchal was a voluminous writer; in addition to several theological works issued during his ministrations, in the decline of life he wrote more than 700 sermons, from which a selection was made after his death, and published in 3 vols. He died in 1761, aged about 64.
42. Biographical Dictionary: Rev. Hugh J. Rose. 12 vols. London, 1850.
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