Elliott, John Anderson Kinrade (1873-1955)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928

Early years

John was born in 1873 at Port St Mary, Isle of Man, to parents William Elliott and Elizabeth Anderson. John, the youngest of nine children, was baptised on 6 April 1873 at Kirk Rushen, Isle of Man. William, a mariner, died when John was two years old.

John was converted at the age of seventeen at the old Lime Street Chapel during a revival and a year later was called to preach. The 1891 census describes John as a teacher in a board school. The following year, John entered the Rev Joseph Odell’s Training Home, Birmingham. Evangelism became his passion, and for six years he successfully conducted Evangelistic missions, and served as a hired local preacher on the Stockport I and Oldham III circuits. John entered Hartley College in 1899.


In 1942, when the minister at Port Erin left to become an Army Chaplain, John gladly acted as supply. Throughout his retirement, it was his delight to fill his diary with preaching appointments and it was literally true that he never had a ‘free’ Sunday, besides  which he fulfilled many week-night appointments. Upright, hatless, with a sprightly step, he strode purposefully to appointments in all the Island circuits, a well-known, well-loved figure. From 1944, John was chaplain to the House of Keys and he thoroughly enjoyed listening to legislative business and discussing matters of the moment with politicians.

His obituary records that he was always an evangelist, conducting missions in his active ministry and pleading for decisions for Christ to the last.


John married Katharine Elizabeth (b abt 1875) in 1905 at Port St. Mary, Isle of Man. Census returns identify two children.

  • Evelyn (b1907)
  • John Bridson (1909-1911)

The 1928 sketch identifies anther daughter was born after the 1911 census.

John died on 14 May 1955 on the Isle of Man.


  • Hartley
  • 1901 Liverpool I
  • 1905 Eston
  • 1908 Kimberley
  • 1913 Helmshore
  • 1919 Burnley II
  • 1925 Castletown
  • 1933 Peel Chr St
  • 1937 Ramsey Par St
  • 1941 Ramsey (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928/437

Methodist Minutes 1955/141

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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