Faid, Norman Nesbit (1885-1971)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

NORMAN NESBIT FAID: born at Greenock, Scotland, in 1885, the son of a highly respected local preacher who had moved to Greenock from South Shields two years previously. He was educated at the Highlanders Academy in Greenock, and served the Primitive Methodist Church as a Hired Local Preacher, before entering Hartley College to train for the ministry. He was ordained at Church Gresley on 30 April 1916, and thereafter served in the following circuits: Appleby, Leicester I, Woodfalls, Pontefract, Penrith, Glasgow (Alexandra Parade), Wishaw, Motherwell, Mansfield, Crewe (Wedgwood), Arbroath. 

On retirement in 1955 he took up an active supernumerary appointment in the Glasgow (West) Circuit at Alexandria. He then went to Barrow-on-Trent but it was not long before he was back in his native Scotland that he loved so well. He took up residence at Blairgowrie in Perthshire and served both Methodism and the Church of Scotland, preaching regularly until 1967, and occasionally afterwards. 

He had a great love of the Church, and of the people of God, and served with friendliness and a real sense of pastoral caring wherever he went. He always put the preaching office at the centre of his ministry, and to that end was a keen reader. He faced his final illness with great courage and patience, and showed concern for his loved ones and others right up to the last. He died in the Bridge of Earn Hospital, Perthshire, on 16 April 1971, in the eighty-sixth year of his age and the fifty-ninth year of his ministry.


Norman was born in 1885 at Greenock, Renfrewshire, to parents John, a customs officer (1901), and Sarah.

He married Beatrice Mary Bristow (b1887) in the summer of 1916 at Cardiff, Glamorgan. Birth records identify one child.

  • Norman E (b1917) – received M.C. in WW2

Norman died on 6 April 1971 at Bridge of Earn, Perthshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1912 Appleby
  • 1914 Leicester I
  • 1916 Woodfalls
  • 1918 Pontefract
  • 1922 Penrith
  • 1926 Glasgow I
  • 1931 Wishaw
  • 1938 Motherwell
  • 1942 Mansfield
  • 1947 Crewe Wedgwood
  • 1951 Arbroath &c
  • 1955 Glasgow (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1971/185

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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