Hind, Roland M.A., M. Litt. (1892-1977)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ROLAND HIND, M.A., M.Litt : born in Paisley on 1st June 1892, son of Robert Hind,  a prominent Primitive Methodist minister. While at Hartley Victoria College he gained the B.A. degree of Manchester University. He served in the following circuits: South Yorkshire Mission, Filey, Plumstead and Woolwich, Chalfont St. Giles, Cockermouth, Sunderland IV, Ulverston, North Sunderland, Bellingham, Sheffield (Brunswick), Haworth and Oakworth, Easingwold, Oldham (Wesley), Barton-upon-Humber, and Teesdale. In 1967, while a supernumerary, he took charge of the Teesdale Circuit for eight months, on the death of J.W. Kennedy. 

He was a recognized authority on church music, and a member of the Methodist Church Music Society from its inception. He published A Guide for Methodist Choirs in 1935. His systematic research into hymns and tunes led to the award of the degrees of Master of Letters and Master of Arts (Dunelm). He was awarded the degree of Master of Letters (Lancaster) for his thesis ‘The Soteriology of John McLeod Campbell, its background and its significance’. Music and singing featured prominently in his ministry, as did a thoroughness in preparation and presentation of the Gospel as he sought to bring dignity and reverence into worship. He was a man of strong belief and conviction, and spoke from a well-informed mind. 

He died on 10th March 1977 in the eighty-fifth year of his life and the sixtieth year of his ministry.


Roland was born on 1 June 1892 at Paisley to parents Robert Hind, a PM minister, and Emma Jane Wilson.

He married Violet Wiils (1916-2002) in the summer of 1938 at Ulverston, Lancashire.

Roland died on 10 March 1977 at Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.


  • Hartley
  • 1917 S Yorks Mission
  • 1919 Filey
  • 1920 Plumstead
  • 1925 Chalfont St Giles
  • 1927 Cockermouth
  • 1932 Sunderland IV
  • 1935 Ulverston
  • 1938 N Sunderland
  • 1940 Bellingham
  • 1942 Sheffield Brunswick
  • 1944 Haworth &c
  • 1848 Easingwold
  • 1950 Oldham, Wesley
  • 1951 Barton on Humber
  • 1954 Teesdale
  • 1957 Teesdale (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1977/70

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • A copy of Novello’s Hardback Original Octavo Edition of Bach’s Mass in B Minor has just come into my possession.
    It is inscribed ‘Roland Hind 1927’ and is extensively annotated in pencil. I bought it as a member of the Philharmonia Chorus to use in rehearsals. I did a search for his name and came up with your biographical notes. As the name Roland Hind is uncommon, and in light of his interest in choral music I feel certain he must have owned the score. I also have a tenuous link in that I knew the late Kenneth King, legendary master at Barnard Castle School. Let me know if I am barking up the wrong tree…
    Andrew Martin

    By Andrew Martin (02/12/2020)

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