The Reverend Thomas Goff, 1772-1844:
Property, Propinquity and Protestantism
a talk by David Doyle
The Revd Thomas Goff (1772–1844) was a landlord and Church of Ireland minister in early 19th century Ireland. He kept a personal diary for almost 50 years where he recorded an unfiltered account of his apprehensions and attitudes to matters at the time. He viewed the world through the lens of a sincere and deeply felt faith which he saw as a bastion against both Catholicism and dissenting Protestantism; this belief moulded his political viewpoint. Goff and his community had huge power and influence but they felt embattled and isolated. The insights gained from his story help us understand the outlook and opinions of the wider Protestant community of his time.