Buglass, Elizabeth Dinah (nee Smith) (1842-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

As stated in the above memoir, Mrs, Buglass was a daughter of Rev. Samuel Smith, a distinguished Primitive Methodist minister about the period 1845-1870. 

At Knowlwood, her first station, Mrs. Buglass showed herself to be possessed of qualities that augur success. She took an active part in the work of the Church, and her sociable and genial nature attracted to her a host of friends. In all their subsequent circuits Mrs, Buglass, as long as health permitted, rendered good service. 

For many years, however, she suffered severely from bronchitis, and it was largely for her sake that the family ultimately settled at Ramsey, hoping that the mildness of the climate would do her good. Her constitution, however, had been weakened by repeated attacks, and the end came very suddenly on Sept. 23rd. 

The interment took place on the following Sunday amid many manifestations of sorrow, and in the evening an impressive memorial service was held.


Elizabeth was born in late 1842 at Haslingden, Lancashire, to parents Samuel Smith, a PM minister, and Mary Hannah Weston.

She married John Bedlington Buglass (1845-1916), a PM minister, on 18 June 1874 at Stockport, Cheshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Ralph Smith Bedlington (1875-1950) – a newspaper compositor (1916)
  • Mary Hannah (1877-1947) – married Samuel Walpole, a PM Minister
  • Florence Sarah (1878-1881)
  • Lily (b1880) – an invoice clerk (1911)
  • Herbert Thomas Bedlington (1883-1918) – a post office sorting clerk (1901); died in WW1, Corporal in Royal Engineers

Elizabeth died on 23 September 1915 at Ramsey, Isle of Man.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/410

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