Lindsay, James (1885-1963)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JAMES LINDSAY: born in Glasgow in 1885 was accepted for the Primitive Methodist ministry and after training at Hartley College he spent his probation at Aliwal in South Africa before returning to the Home field. He served in Craven Arms, Ludlow, Oakengates, Watford, Stewkley, Swindon, Llanymynech, Droxford, Tarporley, Lowton, before Superannuation in Bayswater and later in Crewe. 

He was endowed with a keen intellect, a rich sense of humour and a warm, caring heart. He brought all his gifts into subjection of his love for his Master and freely spent himself in his pastoral office. People, especially young people, were his great concern and his congregations came to love him. He never ceased to acknowledge his debt to Dr. Peake for insights and inculcated habits of study which gave to his sermons culture and integrity, and enabled him to impart inspiration to his hearers.Small in stature, he had an indefatigable energy, an indomitable spirit, and a questing mind. 

He died on 1 March 1963, in the fifty-first year of his ministry and the seventy-eighth of his age. 


James was born in 1885 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, to parents Allan, an engineer, and Elizabeth.

Before entering the ministry James worked as a steelworks labourer (1901).

He married Mary Isabel Neilson (1878-1951) on 24 August 1916 at Great Western Street PM Church, Manchester. Isabel was a daughter of Rev. Daniel Neilson, a PM minister. Birth records identify one child.

  • Allan Neilson (1918-2002) – a consultant designer (1963)

He married Eva Peake Davies (1910-1989) in late 1952 in the Crewe Registration District, Cheshire.

James died on 1 March 1963 at Barony Hospital, Nantwich, Cheshire.


  • 1912 Aliwal Nth
  • 1916 Craven Arms
  • 1918 Ludlow
  • 1921 Oakengates
  • 1925 Watford
  • 1927 Stewkley
  • 1931 Swindon II
  • 1933 Swindon Regent
  • 1934 Llanymynech
  • 1939 Droxford
  • 1945 Tarporley &c
  • 1949 Lowton
  • 1952 Crewe (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1963/199

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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