Corlett, Robert Thompson (1877-1956)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ROBERT THOMPSON CORLETT: born at Andreas in the Isle of Man in 1877. He was early brought to love the Lord Jesus, and bore witness to the influence of his father, a local preacher, with whom he would go on his preaching appointments and whom, as early as the age of fourteen, he would help in the conduct of the services.

He was trained at Hartley College for the Primitive Methodist ministry and travelled in a wide variety of circuits, the last of which was Bingley in Yorkshire. He was a man of strong personality, intense conviction, and passionate earnestness. He was impulsive and generous to a fault, and many are the tales of his sudden acts of kindness. He possessed quite unusual vitality, and in recent years made a number of remarkable recoveries from serious illnesses. 

He had a boisterous and irrepressible sense of humour. He was an enthusiastic gardener and lover of his home. He had a large and most discriminating library, and sought to keep his reading up-to-date. His selection of devotional books was deeply sensitive, and they were well used. Although as an old man he told tales of the past, he by no means lived in it. He enjoyed the present, and looked forward with undiminished hope and steadfast courage to the future. He died on 19th November 1956, in the eightieth year of his age and the fiftieth of his ministry.


Robert was born on 3 April 1877 at Andreas, Isle of Man, to parents Thomas Corlett, a tailor, and Margaret Thompson. He was baptised on 6 May 1877 at Andreas, Isle of Man.

Before entering the ministry, Robert worked as an insurance agent.

He married Laura Isabel Radcliffe (1874-1945) in mid 1912 at Ramsey, Isle of Man.

Robert died on 9 November 1956 in the Wallasey Registration District, Cheshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1908 Swaffham
  • 1910 Walthamstow
  • 1912 Nantwich
  • 1914 Wolverhampton I
  • 1918 Church Stretton
  • 1921 Enfield
  • 1923 Chalfont St Giles
  • 1925 St Ives, Hunts
  • 1929 Loddon
  • 1933 Newmarket
  • 1937 Wolverton
  • 1939 Quarry Bank
  • 1941 Oakengates
  • 1942 Supernum
  • 1943 North Cave (Ac)
  • 1944 Supernum
  • 1946 Bingley (Ac)
  • 1947 Pickering (S)


Methodist Minutes 1957/195

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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