Ayres, Robert (1839-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

Robert was born in 1839 at Oving, Buckinghamshire to parents Robert and Sarah. Robert senior was an agricultural labourer. Both parents were PM local preachers.

When Robert was 15, the family moved to Preston where he attended Saul St Sunday School. Robert joined the church when he was 18.


In the third year of his probation, Robert was made superintendent of the Ashford station in Kent.

Robert was responsible for building chapels at Shieldmuir, Greenock, Moresby Park at Whitehaven and Workington.

His preaching was of the expository type, and his extensive reading gave him freshness to his discourses, so that he built up those who sat under his ministry.

After superannuation Robert retired to Preston where he worshiped at Fylde Rd Church. He was chaplain of the Free Churches of Preston and District and to the Royal Infirmary. He spent two days per week visiting the Infirmary.

His obituary records that he was a very conscientious and painstaking minister, and endeavoured faithfully to serve his God and his people.


Robert authored the following.

Christian Baptism: A Treatise on the Mode of Administering the Ordinance by the Apostles and Their Successors in the Early Ages of the Church , 1907


Robert married Margaret Wells (1839-1903) in the summer of 1866 at Hendon, Middlesex. Census returns identify three children.

  • Mary E (b abt1865)
  • Albert Ernest (1881-1897)
  • Dora (1884-1919) – married Richard Brinnand Boardwell, a commercial traveller and book-keeper.

Robert died on 12 March 1910 at Preston, Lancashire


  • 1861 Buckden
  • 1862 Deal & Dover
  • 1864 Ashford
  • 1865 Croydon
  • 1866 Motherwell
  • 1867 Glasgow
  • 1869 Wishaw
  • 1873 Greenock
  • 1877 Ryde
  • 1879 Rugby
  • 1881 Whitehaven
  • 1884 Holborn Hill
  • 1887 Ramsey
  • 1890 Greenock
  • 1895 Knowlwood
  • 1896 Wells
  • 1898 Preston I (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894/43; 1910/909

PM Minutes 1910/13

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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