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11 12 prologue Above: Shane’s Castle (circa 1580) on North shore of Lough Neagh. Alexander Campbell was born one mile from the castle. The Huguenot family of Jane Corneigle settled here after fleeing France following the revo cation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Left: Thomas Campbell [1763-1854]. He and Jane Corneigle  met while Thomas was teaching at Sheepbridge, Ireland. 2. s A Son is Born O n September 12, 1788, a son was born to Jane and Thomas Campbell. They named him Alexander.
To the letter. This remarkable sincerity and consistency in action was as widely noted and commended in the parish as in his home. Thomas Campbell might be a minister by profession, but no one ever observed his conduct to betray a mite of professional piety. Though intellectually he professed the hard and harsh dogma of a rigid Calvinistic orthodoxy, this dogma could never prevail against the loving gentleness of his heart. Simple, just, and kindly, as pastor and as father, he was genuinely concerned with the cares and genuinely amused by the pleasures of his dependents.
He spent many weary months in fear and misgiving, praying, seeking some token of Divine favor, of Divine forgiveness for his sins. The sins were venial, it was true, and God was merciful; but God was also selective, and those God chose were not left in doubt. Finally, one day when Thomas was near despair and ready to sink under the weight of his own unworthiness, he went alone for a walk in the woods. Suddenly, he felt the black cloud of fear and anxiety dispersing. An unearthly peace seemed prologue to flow around him until mystically, wholly, he was at one with God.