Harrison, Robert (1841-1927)

President of Conference, 1904
Englesea Brook Museum 10.04
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1899
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904

Early years

Robert was born on 6 December 1841 at Carlisle, Cumberland to parents Stephen and Ann. Stephen was a labourer.

Robert was converted when young and soon became a teacher, and later assistant superintendent, in the Cecil Street Sunday School, Carlisle.


Whilst in Grimsby, Robert superintended the erection of the Flottergate Church. Robert spent many years working in Hull. The churches at Hessle, Stoneferry and Hawthorne Avenue were memorials of his labours there. He wrote an article on Primitive Methodism in Hull in the 1920 Primitive Methodist Magazine.

Robert had to relinquish the position of Governor at Elmfield when his wife’s health broke down and she was unable to continue in the role of Matron.

Robert was President of Conference in 1904. He became Chairman of the Connexional Fire Insurance Company and was also Secretary of the Chapel Aid Association.

Robert was elected a Deed Poll member of Conference in 1925.

His obituary records that his unaffected earnestness, his robust sense, the simplicity of his speech, all made for his success as a preacher of the Word.


Robert married Maria Everingham Wright (1846-1903) in the spring of 1869 at Hull, Yorkshire.

Robert married Sarah Annie Andrew (b1877) in the summer of 1905 at Hull, Yorkshire.

Robert died on 27 January 1927 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • 1864 Selby
  • 1865 Market Rasen
  • 1867 Gainsborough
  • 1868 Hornsea
  • 1869 Hull II
  • 1871 Hull III
  • 1873 Hull IV
  • 1874 Swinefleet
  • 1876 Hull II
  • 1877 Grimsby I
  • 1882 Driffield
  • 1885 Governor of Elmfield
  • 1891 Sunderland II
  • 1894 Driffield
  • 1896 Hull V
  • 1899 Hull IV
  • 1902 Hull III
  • 1905 Hull V
  • 1909 York
  • 1911 Bridlington (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1899/723; 1904/912 (Maria); 1905/fr; 1920/386

PM Minutes 1927/278

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p523

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p278

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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