Dickinson, James (1866-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

James was born in 1866 at Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, to parents John and Catherine (Kate). John worked as a labourer. Brothers Thomas and William were also PM Ministers.


After he had been at Southport for three years, Sir Charles Scarisbrick, a major landowner in Southport and Banks, requested that James accompany his son on a journey to Australia, New Zealand and India.

During his second term at Southport he superintended the five building schemes.

James was never carried away with a passion for Connexional officialism. His one aim was to be a good circuit minister. He was a powerful preacher, a faithful pastor and a wise administrator.

In retirement, James was a councillor at Broughton, nr Preston.


James married Emma Laura Wood (1870-1950) in the spring of 1894 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. Emma was a daughter of Dr Joseph Wood. (link) Census returns identify five children.

  • Laura Marie (b1895)
  • James Wood (b1897)
  • John Leonard (1898-1955)
  • Ronald (1901-1972)
  • Catherine Henrietta (1904-1977) – married Fraser Macintosh Rose in 1940

James died on 24 March 1949 at Preston, Lancashire.


  • Hartley
  • 1890 Southport I
  • 1895 Bridlington
  • 1898 Wakefield I
  • 1900 Southport III
  • 1904 Chester I
  • 1908 Torquay
  • 1912 Stalybridge
  • 1918 Woodley
  • 1923 Preston II
  • 1926 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1930 Leicester IV
  • 1932 Leicester (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/412

Methodist Minutes 1949/142

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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