Ian Paisley (Politician) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Ian Paisley

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, was a loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. He became a Protestant evangelical minister in 1946 and remained one for the rest of his life. In 1951 he co-founded the fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and was its leader until 2008. Paisley became known for his fiery sermons and regularly preached and protested against Roman Catholicism, ecumenism and homosexuality. He gained a large group of followers who were referred to as Paisleyites. Paisley became involved in Ulster unionist/loyalist politics in the late 1950s. In the mid-late 1960s, he led and instigated loyalist opposition to the Catholic civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. This contributed to the outbreak of the Troubles in the late 1960s, a conflict that would engulf Northern Ireland for the next thirty years.

Born: Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, April 6, 1926, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Died: September 12, 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Resting place: Ballygowan, County Down
Nationality: British
Political party: Democratic Unionist Party (1971–2014)
Other political affiliations: Protestant Unionist Party (1966–1971)
Children: 5, including Rhonda and Ian
Alma mater: Barry School of Evangelism
Occupation: Evangelist, Politician, Political activist
Profession: Minister
Preceded by: David Trimble
Succeeded by: Peter Robinson
Twitter: Ian Paisley’s Twitter profile
IMDb: Ian Paisley’s IMDb

About Ian Paisley

Politician and church leader who was the Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland from 1971 to 2009. He was also the First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2008.

Before Fame

He studied at the Barry School of Evangelism and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Hall.


In 2010 he was made a life peer in the Dissolution Honours List of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Family Life

He was married to Eileen Cassells and the couple had five children: Rhonda, Sharon, Cherith, Kyle and Ian.


He replaced David Trimble as the First Minister of Northern Ireland in 20007.

Information related to Ian Paisley

  • Democratic Unionist Party MPs
  • Discrimination against LGBT people
  • First Ministers of Northern Ireland
  • Evangelicals from Northern Ireland
  • Far-right politics in Northern Ireland
  • Christian conspiracy theorists
  • Leaders of political parties in Northern Ireland
  • King James Only movement
  • Anti-Catholicism in Northern Ireland
  • Conservatism in the United Kingdom
  • People of The Troubles (Northern Ireland)
  • British political writers
  • Democratic Unionist Party MEPs
  • Militant unionism
  • Northern Ireland politicians convicted of crimes
  • Ordained peers
  • Members of the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention
  • 21st-century writers from Northern Ireland
  • Ulster Scots people
  • Christian fundamentalists
  • Members of the Northern Ireland Forum
  • Northern Ireland MLAs 1998–2003
  • Political party founders
  • Critics of the Catholic Church
  • British social commentators
  • UK MPs 1997–2001

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Latest information about Ian Paisley updated on September 11, 2020.

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