Drummond, Maurice Andrew (1832-1915)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

Maurice was born in 1832 at New Penshaw, a settlement on the River Wear six miles from Sunderland, to parents Thomas Drummond and Jane Burn. Thomas was a bookseller.

Maurice was a great grandson of the Earl of Perth who lost his estates in the 1745 rebellion and fled to Wearside to become a ferry boatman.

Maurice joined the Primitive Methodists in 1849 and became a local preacher. After much hesitation, Maurice accepted a call to ministry from the Durham circuit. He had worked as a mason before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that Maurice had great success in several of his earlier circuits in winning souls and reported large increases. His later years were harassed by long continued ill health, but in spite of this he was enabled to reduce debts, build new chapels and add membership to the Church.

He had fine gifts of exposition, and was always a most acceptable preacher. Visitation and work among the young claimed a large share of his time and thought.


Maurice married Dorothy Reed (1828-1899) on 9 July 1861 at Nelson Street P.M. Chapel, Newcastle upon Tyne. Census returns identify two children.

  • Mary Jane (1862-1939) – married John George Brydson, a grocer and provision dealer
  • Anne (1864-1931)

Maurice died on 20 February 1915 and was interred Lanchester beside his wife.


  • 1856 Durham
  • 1857 Shottley Bridge
  • 1859 Stokesley
  • 1861 Berwick
  • 1862 Sunderland
  • 1864 Hetton
  • 1867 Alston
  • 1868 Whitby
  • 1870 Brompton
  • 1872 Shotley Bridge
  • 1873 Stalybridge
  • 1874 Motherwell
  • 1876 Blyth
  • 1879 Chester le Street
  • 1885 Richmond, Yorks
  • 1891 Tadcaster
  • 1893 Stockton (S)
  • 1895 Darlington
  • 1897 Shottley Bridge
  • 1900 Durham


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885 (portrait); 1901/306 (Dorothy); 1915/491

PM Minutes 1915/18

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 20 February 2017 to add the date of his marriage. This is reported in the obituary of his wife. (P.M. Magazine, 1901/306)

    By Geoff Dickinson (20/02/2017)

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