Thomas Ledlie Birch was the Presbyterian Minister in Saintfield at the time of the United Irishmen. He formed the Saintfield United Society of Irishmen in 1793 and was active in the preparations for the 1798 rebellion.
The late Aiken McClelland, a noted local historian, researched and wrote what is probably the definitive pamphlet on the life of Thomas Ledlie Birch and his part in the 1798 rebellion in Saintfield. This pamphlet was published by the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society in its sessions between 1961 and 1964.
The pamphlet is published here with the kind permission of Aiken McClelland’s family.