Durrant, Robert Porter (1836-1897)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Moore

ROBERT P. DURRANT was born July 19th, 1836, at Sutton, in the North Walsham Circuit. He was the son of a Norfolk farmer. In his seventeenth year, he thought on his ways, and turned his feet into the testimonies of the Lord, and at once joined the society at his native place. He soon manifested ability to proclaim the message of salvation to penitent sinners, which the officials of the circuit were not slow to recognise, and hence, gave him a place on the circuit plan.

When nineteen years of age he was called into the work of the ministry by the Aylsham circuit, where he travelled one year, at the completion of which, at the persistent wish of his father, he returned home. He resumed the work of a local preacher, for a year or two, with such marked success, that by the advice of the late Revs. R. Key and J. Winkfield, he again offered himself for the ministry and was accepted. 

He laboured in the following stations:—Chelmsford, London 1st, Northampton and Wickhambrook, (where he finished his probation, and took to himself a wife in the person of Miss H. Whittleton, who survives him) Redhill, Middleham, Otley, Harrogate and Keighley 1st. When going from the last-named place to Leeds he was injured in a railway collision, and by the following Conference was superannuated for a year. This was extended to ten years, during which time he suffered much in body and mind, as he felt thrust from the work that he loved. At the end of the fourth of his superannuation he accepted an invitation from the Fakenham circuit, but the Conference could not see the way to sanction the invitation. Six years later he received an invitation from the Colchester circuit, which he accepted with the approbation of the Conference, where he continued five years, Hastings two years; from thence he removed to Swineflect. Here his health gave way, after which he was appointed to Wickhambrook for a year’s rest; but he still grew weaker, and the following Conference again superannuated him. Where he finished his probation he closed his active ministry.

For three years his sufferings were great, but he bore it all with patience. Never once was he heard to murmur; he always said that the Lord was good to him.

He passed away peacefully on April 1st, 1897, at the house of his sister-in-law, the widow of the late Rev. J. Jackson, where he had gone on a visit. He was interred in the Colchester Cemetery, April 5th, and funeral sermons were preached, April 25th, by Rev. W. Moore and Mr. J. Howard.


Robert was born on 19 July 1837 at Sutton, Norfolk, to parents John Durrant, a farmer, and Sarah Pollard. He was baptised on 3 October 1841 at Sutton, Norfolk.

He married Hannah Whittleton (1834-1911) in the summer of 1867 in the Tunstead Registration District, Norfolk.

Robert died on 1 April 1897 at Colchester, Essex.


  • 1856 Aylsham
  • 1857 Local preacher
  • 1862 Chelmsford
  • 1863 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1864 London II
  • 1865 Northampton
  • 1866 Wickham Brook
  • 1867 Redhill
  • 1869 Middleham
  • 1871 Otley
  • 1873 Knaresborough
  • 1874 Keighley I
  • 1876 Yarmouth
  • 1891 Hastings
  • 1893 Swinefleet
  • 1895 Wickham Brook
  • 1896 Colchester


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1897/619

PM Minutes 1897/18

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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