Dickinson, James (1866-1949)

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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