William Laycock

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905


By Geoff Dickinson

William was born on 11 November 1858 in Lancashire. He was brought up in the Anglican tradition and was confirmed at Wharton, Lancashire. He studied engineering for a time and emigrated to New Zealand in 1880.

William married Lillian Mary Deakin (1865-1966). In 1898 he is recorded as having one daughter.

He was President of NZ PM Conference in 1895 and also edited the “New Zealand Primitive Methodist

William trained for the ministry as a private student at Three Kings Wesleyan Methodist College, Auckland and entered the ministry in 1884.

He was described as having “an unassuming disposition”, and being a “man of quiet dignity, and as a diligent student, spending a considerable portion of his time in his study, which is well stocked with standard works of the day”.

William died on 13 November 1927 at Christchurch, New Zealand


  • 1884 Invercargill (Bluff)
  • 1887 South Invercargill
  • 1888 Christchurch
  • 1889 Auckland II
  • 1890 West Coast Mission (Denniston)
  • 1892 West Denniston Mission
  • 1894 Dundas
  • 1899 Auckland I
  • 1904 Dunedin
  • 1909 Invercargill I
  • 1913 Christchurch (Woolston)
  • 1917 Leeston
  • 1922 Tai Tapu
  • 1925 Superannuated


NZ Minutes 1925/18

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

New Zealand Primitive Methodist Ministers by Circuit 


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