Hirst, Peter Oliphant (1865-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G Bicheno is attached. He writes as follows.

“His supreme endowment was his preaching gift. Add to the qualities named a fine voice, a peculiar charm of style, a grace and reverence that were as a beautiful investiture, lips ever ‘’touched with a live coal,’’ and his pulpit fascination will be partly understood.

His first utterance amongst us as a student revealed the spiritual seer—the breath of the hills in his message and he all alight and aglow with the vision of God. He rarely lectured, and he would not write, though highly gifted with the literary sense, but there were times when his pulpit speech attained as nearly to pure eloquence as any we have ever heard.”


Peter was born in late 1865 at Lazonby, Penrith, Westmorland, to parents William, a quarryman, and Margaret.

He married Jane Todd (b abt1878) in Scotland. Baptism records identify one child.

  • Helen Barbara (b1901)

Peter died on 2 October 1911 at Luton, Bedfordshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1888 Selby
  • 1891 Halifax III
  • 1893 Preston III
  • 1897 Glasgow II
  • 1900 Hull I
  • 1903 Glasgow II
  • 1911 Luton


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/239

PM Minutes 1912/18

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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