Religious Life of the Scotch-Irish
The practices peculiar to them as a class belong to their religious system, which was a culture and discipline whose effects upon American national character have been very marked. H. J. FORD
THE SCOTCH-IRISH were a very religious people, holding firmly to the tenets of their faith and promptly establishing churches in the wilderness. Believing in an educated ministry, their ministers were almost without exception trained men, well qualified to perform acceptably the duties of leadership. i. The contribution made by this racial group to the moral and religious development of Pennsylvania is one of their outstanding achievements.
The average Scotch-Irishman was a Presbyterian, as we would expect him to be in view of his European background. Scotland is prevailingly a Presbyterian country, and when the Lowland Scots migrated to Ulster they naturally established the Presbyterian Church strongly throughout that region, which became an important nursery of their faith. Upon coming to America, being well-grounded in their beliefs, they held to them no less firmly in the New World than in the Old. The mere crossing of the ocean did not effect any change in their principles; they brought their kirk with them into Pennsylvania as they had carried it into Ulster, and here they were intent upon maintaining their doctrines pure and undefiled.____________________