Holland, William (1840-1927)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928

Early years

William was born on 11 December 1840 at Lineal, Shropshire to parents Joseph and Anne. Joseph worked the land.

William was converted at the age of seventeen. A few months later his name appeared on the plan.

On removing to Liverpool, he served the third circuit as a class-leader and choirmaster as well as local preacher.


William was one of the first six missionaries to Africa. He went out to the West African field on a total of four occasions. On the second occasion at St Isabel, William had difficulties with the Spanish Governor who issued a writ banishing him from the island with 48 hours notice. On return to England, William was able to see the Foreign Secretary. Prompt communications with the Government in Madrid, resulted in the way being cleared for William to return.

William has served on probationers and Candidates Examining Committees and as a District Building Committee Secretary.

His obituary records that as a preacher he was evangelical in doctrine and evangelistic in method.


William married Mary Knight Bloxcidge Walker (1852-1932) in 1973. Census returns identify of five children.

  • Florence Bloxcidge (1876-1965) – a drapers cashier (1901); married Sherriff Pennington, a builder
  • William Wishart (1886-1970) – a postal clerk (1911)
  • Mary Winifred (1892-1979) – married Samuel Tinney
  • Arthur Bond (1895-1968) – a clerk

William died on 20 October 1927 at Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire


  • 1867 Hertford
  • 1868 Hastings
  • 1869 Tamworth
  • 1872 St Isabel
  • 1874 London
  • 1875 GMC Agent
  • 1876 Portsmouth
  • 1877 St Isabel
  • 1879 Watford
  • 1880 St Isabel
  • 1881 Watford
  • 1884 St Albans
  • 1885 Tranent
  • 1889 N Sunderland
  • 1891 St Isabel
  • 1892 San Carlos bay
  • 1893 Belfast I
  • 1897 Chichester
  • 1900 Teignmouth
  • 1903 Falmouth
  • 1905 Aberdare
  • 1908 Blaenavon
  • 1910 Port Talbot
  • 1911 Aberavon
  • 1912 Watford (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904/255; 1928/285

PM Minutes 1928/260

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p491

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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