Boyle, Robert D.D. (1825-1896)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874

Robert was born in 1825 in Ireland.


Kendall describes Robert as ‘ an Irishman, sensitive, clever, popular, much in demand among the churches’.

Antliff writes; ‘ Perhaps it is but right to add a few words concerning the ministers who have held positions of especial prominence in the denomination ; and on this list an honoured place should be given to the Rev. Robert Boyle, who, after a remarkably successful ministry, was superannuated, on account of failing health, in 1878. Mr. Boyle, who was converted when a youth from the Roman Catholic faith, has held the highest positions in the gift of his brethren, and his name is beloved in all parts of Ontario in which he has ministered the Word of God.’


Robert married Martha Matilda Smith (1829-1909). Census returns identify six children.

  • Elizabeth (b1851)
  • Robert W (b abt 1852)
  • Martha Jane (1854-1925) – married John Harrington Ferguson, a farmer
  • William (b abt 1857)
  • Edgar (b abt 1864)
  • Joseph (b abt 1867)

Robert died on 27 February 1896 at Brampton, Ontario, Canada.


  • 1845 Etobicoke (Canada)
  • 1846 Markham
  • 1847 Markham (6 mths)
  • 1847 Brampton (6 mths)
  • 1848 Toronto
  • 1849 Toronto (6 mths)
  • 1849 Brampton (6 mths)
  • 1850 Brampton
  • 1852 Hamilton
  • 1855 Brampton
  • 1861 Toronto
  • 1864 Etobicoke
  • 1867 Brampton
  • 1870 Bowmanville
  • 1873 Barrie
  • 1878 Toronto l
  • 1879 Brampton (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874 (portrait)

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p451

J. Cooper Antliff, Centennial of Canadian Methodism

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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