Knowlson, Mark (1854-1927)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

Mark was born on 14 March 1854 at Stillington, Yorkshire to parents Mark and Ann. Mark, senior, was a farmer.

Mark was converted in his teens. In 1874, Mark left his home to work as a hired local preacher on the Clayton West circuit.


As a preacher, Mark was evangelical, earnest and practical, leading his hearers to a larger life and deeper faith. His ministry was feeding and nourishing and calculated to strengthen the churches.

Mark was keenly interested in all social service. He was particularly seen as a leader in temperance advocacy.

His obituary records that Mark took a remarkable interest in district affairs, and there was hardly any kind of District Committee for which he did not in his long ministry act as Secretary. Mark was also keenly interested in the preachers Friendly Society and served it as Secretary from 1917 to 1922.


Mark married Hannah Palliser (1846-1910) in June 1880 at York, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child.

Mark died on 26 April 1927 at York, Yorkshire.


  • 1876 Pontefract
  • 1878 York
  • 1881 Bradford I
  • 1883 Harrogate
  • 1884 Heckmondwike
  • 1888 Bingley
  • 1892 Otley
  • 1897 Pickering
  • 1901 Nottingham V
  • 1906 Hinckley
  • 1910 Coventry
  • 1914 Brigg
  • 1918 Bingley
  • 1920 Easingwold


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/488; 1912/338

PM Minutes 1927/260

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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