Parkin, George M.A., B.D. (1846-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

George was born in 1846 at Eston, nr Middlesborough, Yorkshire to parents Jonathan Parkin and Rachel Hollingsworth. Jonathan was an iron stone miner (1861).

George was converted at the age of ten.


George spent the first ten years of his ministry on the Scottish Missions. While in Glasgow, he availed himself of attending the University classes and graduated in Arts, obtaining his M.A. degree in 1874. He also received a Divinity Degree from the same university.

When he became College Principle (1898-1903), George also undertook the role of Hebrew tutor.

George was President of Conference in 1906.

His obituary records that George was extremely successful as a circuit minister. He retired in 1914, and for a time helped in the Manchester VI circuit, chiefly at Withington, where he lived.


George authored the following.

The New Testament Portrait of Jesus, 1908, Hartley lecture delivered on 17 June 1908


George married Harriet Longmore (1847-1928). Census returns identify four children.

  • William Longmore (1874-1956) – a solicitor
  • George Gray (1877-1947) – a doctor
  • Sarah (b abt1879)
  • Harold Austin (1881-1962) – a clerk; emigrated to Canada in 1910

George died on 7 January 1933 died at Macclesfield, Cheshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1869 Glasgow
  • 1873 Wishaw
  • 1877 Glasgow I
  • 1879 Leeds III
  • 1883 Chesterfield
  • 1887 Northampton II
  • 1898 Principal, Manchester College
  • 1903 Oldham
  • 1914 Manchester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/3

Methodist Minutes 1933/249

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p528

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p220, p 246

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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