Cuthbert, William (1842-1929)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1930
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1930

Early years

William was born on 22 November 1842 at Gilesgate Moor, Co Durham to parents Martin Cuthbert and Rachel Turnbull. The family moved to Coxhoe when William was young. Martin worked as a coal miner and was a PM local preacher and class leader. William’s brother, also Martin, also became a PM Minister.

William was converted as a result of parental and Sunday school influence when he was fifteen. The temperance cause was a favourite theme and William spoke with fervour and fluency on this topic even when he was but a boy.

William became a local preacher at the age of seventeen and was known as a youthful and fiery orator.


His obituary records that he was always a great reader and deep thinker, a theologian and philosopher of a fine order, and an eloquent and forceful preacher. He took a keen interest in politics, and during his ministry in Durham he formed what proved to be a long and sincere friendship with Dr. John Wilson M.P.

After superannuation, William retired to Buckingham. In Buckingham there was a reading room where men of all shades of opinion gathered for reading and discussion. William became the acknowledged guide and leader in reading and discussion.


William married Mary Rebecca Boning (1841-1883) in the summer of 1870 at Cambridge.

William married Isabel George Foster (1849-1932) in late 1884 at Durham.

William died on 6 March 1929 at Buckingham, Buckinghamshire.


  • 1866 Norwich
  • 1868 Stowmarket
  • 1870 Thetford
  • 1872 Downham
  • 1874 Westgate
  • 1877 Hetton
  • 1880 Durham
  • 1883 Brompton
  • 1885 Wishaw
  • 1887 Greenock
  • 1890 Wigton
  • 1893 Rhondda I
  • 1894 St Day
  • 1896 Portsmouth
  • 1900 St Neots
  • 1902 Durham
  • 1905 Barnard Castle
  • 1907 Buckingham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/403; 1930/183

PM Minutes 1929/260

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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