Buckley, Benjamin Baylis (1867-1952)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Mr. Benjamin Bayliss Buckely, in the prime of life, just over forty, for twenty-years has been a member of the Motherwell Church. Everywhere held in the highest esteem, he is manly, strong with a strength that has been touched with gentleness, his kindly consideration has won for him the confidence of all. He honourably fulfils several important offices, among them that of Treasurer of the Trust Estate. The church has a supreme place in his affection, and he supports its varied interests with a devotion and generosity which are admirable. He has many interests outside his own church, and no worthy appeal fails to meet a generous response, but the claims of his own church are paramount –even to the attendance at Week-evening services and prayer meetings. His wife is as loyal as he, and the circle of the home is fragrant with the graces of piety and love.

Family and other information

Benjamin was born in 1867 at Heath, Staffordshire, to parents Benjamin Samuel and Ellen. Benjamin senior was a tin plate assorter. The family moved from the Midlands to Motherwell when Benjamin was young.

Benjamin worked at the steelworks in Motherwell as a plate roller (1901).

Benjamin married Esther Poole (b abt 1868) of Dalziel, Lanarkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Alfred Benjamin (b1891) – a chemist (1952)
  • Walter Baylis (b abt1897) – an engineer; emigrated to Canada in 1922 intending to work on a farm
  • Esther A (b abt1899)

Benjamin died on 22 May 1952 at Motherwell, Lanarkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/784

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • I am the the fourth of BBB’s 4 granddaughters, youngest daughter of Esther Ann’s three. The eldest was the only child of Alfred. 

    Walter died in his late 20s of TB.

    I was 12 when grandpa died, so I remember him well. My 2 older sisters and I visited him every Sunday after church. We attended Brandon Church of Scotland. But we went to the Band of Hope in the Methodist church! 

    He was a gentle man and a lovely grandpa. Happy Memories.

    Grandma laid the foundation stone of Motherwell Methodist Church. We had the memorial trowel  and mallet which I think are now in Motherwell museum.

    By Dorothy Sinclair (27/06/2017)

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