McLoughlin, John (1892-1971)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN MCLOUGHLIN: was born at Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, in 1892, he entered Hartley College from the Stanley Circuit in 1915. He was hewn from the ground which has produced so many fine Methodist ministers—that mixture of piety and social passion which has characterised Durham Methodism. Service in the RAMC temporarily suspended his studies until he was invalided from the army. A year’s ‘supply’ in the Colchester and Great Yarmouth Circuit was followed by service at Wells-next-Sea, Buckley, Wakefield, Crook, Sowerby Bridge, Tamworth, Boroughbridge and Normanton. At a service held in Normanton to mark his retirement, greetings were read from every circuit in which he had ministered—indicative of the enduring affection in which he was held and of the lasting impression he had made on many people. 

The authentic goodness of the man was apparent to all who knew him, within the Church he cared for like a family, and most significantly, within his own family. Three of his brothers entered the Ministry (two in New South Wales); another served as a lay pastor. His partnership with his wife was the means by which many people were attracted into the family of Christ. He loved his Lord; he loved the Methodist Church, and he loved the Ministry in which he worked with the dedication of a man surprised by the privilege of belonging to it. One of his few boasts was that he only missed one Sunday’s preaching because of illness. His faithfulness in preaching was matched by his conscientiousness in pastoral work and in administration. 

He had been a superintendent for 28 years, and several probationers and junior colleagues owe their concept of the working ministry to him. After a period as an active supernumerary at Tollerton, he retired to Scarborough, but still continued to preach regularly. The newspaper which announced his death on 11th November, 1971, also advertised him as the preacher in a Scarborough Church on the following Sunday. Faithful in all things and faithful to the end. 

He died in the eightieth year of his age, and in the fifty-fifth year of his ministry.


John was born on 31 May 1892 at Coundon, Co. Durham, to parents John, a coal miner, and Sarah Ann. His brother, Thomas, was also a PM minister.

He married Mary Daglish (b1898) in the spring of 1921 in the Lanchester Registration District, Co. Durham.  Birth records identify three children.

  • John (1922-1988)
  • Donald (b1925)
  • Derek (1930-1985)               

John died on 11 November 1971 at Scarborough, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1917 Supply
  • 1921 Colchester
  • 1922 Wells next Sea
  • 1924 Buckley
  • 1930 Wakefield II
  • 1933 Wakefield Market St
  • 1936 Wakefield
  • 1937 Crook
  • 1941 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1945 Tamworth &c
  • 1951 Boroughbridge
  • 1956 Normanton
  • 1959 Easingwold (S)


Methodist Minutes 1972/188

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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