Patterson, William Moscrop (1842-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

William was born on 25 September 1842 at Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland.

Until the age of nineteen, William attended the ministry of Dr Cairns of the Wallace Green U.P. Church. It was through the Primitive Methodist Church that he was to the light of Christian experience. He was soon placed on the preachers plan.

Leaving Berwick, he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne. William obtained a journalistic appointment at Consett, then Jarrow and later returned to Newcastle.

Contribution to the Connexion

On retirement, William threw himself into church work. Mainly to assist the Centenary Fund he set about writing a history of Northern Primitive Methodism. He was one of the preachers at the centenary camp meeting on Mow Cop.

William was elected Vice President of Conference in 1913.


William authored the following.

The Mills of God, 1892

Behind the stars, 1911

A fateful night: a north-country story

Northern Primitive Methodism: a record of the rise and progress of the circuits in the old Sunderland circuit, 1909

Men on fire, and consecrated women also, 1911


William married Mary Lillico (1837-1906) in early 1869 at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Census returns identify one child.

  • William (b1872) – a shipbroker (1918)

William died on 18 February 1918 at Monkseaton, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/43

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 9 August 2016 to include William’s birthdate and a transcription of an article in the Christian Messenger 1902

    By Geoff Dickinson (09/08/2016)

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