Campbell, Alfred John F.L.S. (1858-1931)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

Alfred was born on 10 September 1858 at Shotley Bridge, Co Durham, to parents William and Annie. William worked as a joiner. Alfred’s younger brother, Edward, was also a PM Minister. Alfred was baptised on 5 November 1858 at Shotley Bridge.

Alfred was converted at fifteen and two years later became a local preacher. He entered the Sunderland Institute in 1879.


The wealth of apt illustrations, which illumined Alfred’s sermons, was due to his life long study of nature. He wrote many articles for the connexional magazines. In 1906, Alfred was made a fellow of the Linnaean Society, a distinction earned by thorough mastery of botany and immense original work in re-arranging and re-classifying the valuable gift of mosses made by Sir C. Trevelyan to the Hancock Museum.


Alfred married Emily Josephine Telford (1858-1944) in the summer of 1884 at Shotley Bridge, Co Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • William Herbert (1885-1967) – a PM Minister
  • Colin (b1888) – a commercial traveller (1931)
  • Annie (b1891)

Alfred died on 11 August 1931 at Blackhill, Co Durham.


  • Sunderland
  • 1880 Whitby
  • 1883 Shotley Bridge
  • 1885 Bishop Auckland
  • 1888 Blyth
  • 1893 Motherwell
  • 1899 Chester le Street
  • 1905 Sunderland
  • 1909 Glasgow V
  • 1910 Stockton
  • 1914 St Annes on Sea
  • 1920 Motherwell (S)
  • 1928 Shotley Bridge


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/14; 1914/436; 1915/338; 1917/312; 1918/220; 1921/609; 1931/738

PM Minutes 1932/302

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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