Iredale, Robert (1854-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.J.B.

Cockermouth Circuit has experienced a great loss in the death of Mr. Robert Iredale, which took place on June 23rd. Born at Brigham sixty-one years ago, and converted at Bothel when about twenty-two years old, he threw himself heartily into Christian work. On removing to Cockermouth he joined our Church, and became an energetic Sunday school teacher, and subsequently superintendent. He was appointed leader of one of the mission bands, and became an acceptable local preacher. At the time of his death he was a trustee of our Cockermouth Church. Of kindly and cheerful disposition, he won the esteem of all. 

The interment took place in Cockermouth Cemetery, June 27th. Rev. A.J. Bull officiated, and conducted a memorial service in the evening. Mr. Iredale leaves behind a widow and several sons and daughters, to whom our deep sympathy is extended.


Robert was born abt1854 at Brigham, Cumberland. I have not been able to identify his parents in online records.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Robert.

  • 1861 scholar 
  • 1871 shoemaker’s apprentice
  • 1891 shoemaker
  • 1901 shoemaker
  • 1911 shoemaker

He married Betsy Ann Tate (1857-1937) in the summer of 1879 in the Wigton Registration District, Cumberland. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Ann (1880-1961) – a professional nurse (1921)
  • William Tate (1882-1968) – grocer and provision merchant (1911)
  • John (1885-1972) – emigrated to USA in 1907; clergyman (1920)
  • Betsy (1886-1921)
  • Robert George (1889-1959) – a grocer& provision dealer & baker 91939)
  • Thomas (1894-1951) – a draper, boot & shoe dealer (1921)
  • Lilian (1902-1979) – general domestic servant (1921); married John M Higgins, an engineers fitter and turner (1939), in 1924

Robert died on 23 June 1915 at Cockermouth, Cumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/833

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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