Kemish, Luther (1876-1963)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1930
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1930

Early years

Luther was born in 1876 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, to parents James Kemish and Lydia Brown. James was a PM Minister.

Luther was educated at Elmfield College and commenced work in a London bank. Later he began training as a chemist but the call of the ministry was so clear and insistent that it had to be obeyed. He entered Hartley College in 1900.


Luther served tow districts as Orphanage Secretary and was Sunday School Secretary in the Norwich District for eight years.

Luther retired to Felixstowe in 1948 and was active as a supernumerary in the Ipswich circuit. He preached when and wherever needed until at the age of eighty-four he could go on no longer.

His obituary records that Luther was a quiet friendly man with his power lying in his ability to inspire others to a faith in and a love of His Lord, akin to his own.


Luther married Minnie Bayston (1879-1938) in the summer of 1907 at Holbeach, Lincolnshire.

Luther died on 19 November 1963 at Felixstowe, Suffolk.


  • Hartley
  • 1902 Manchester V
  • 1904 Plumstead
  • 1906 St Ives, Hunts
  • 1910 Harwich
  • 1914 Loddon
  • 1918 Sherringham
  • 1921 Peel
  • 1924 Bradford II
  • 1929 Quniton
  • 1932 Glasgow II
  • 1935 Watton &c
  • 1940 Sleaford West
  • 1945 Felixstowe (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1930/560

Methodist Minutes 1964/197

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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