Peach, Henry BA, LLD (1851-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

Henry was born on 8 August 1851 at Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire to parents Henry and Ann. His father was a local preacher and earned his living as a road labourer.

Henry joined the church when aged thirteen. He was only fifteen years old when he became ‘the boy preacher’. He was placed under the tuition of Mr Joshua Rouse. Henry became a hired local preacher in the Lincoln II circuit in preparation for the ministry.


For some time Henry was Secretary of the Nottingham District Ministers’ Association. He also served as Secretary of the Tunstall District Meeting.

Henry became an undergraduate of Dublin University in 1880 and took his B.A. degree in 1884. He then made a conscientious study of Henrew, and Old and New Testament Criticism, almost preparing for the B.D. degree, but finding the higher D.D. was not accessible to nonconformists, he took the Law course graduating LL.B. in1889 and later in that year he achieved his LL.D. achieving the highest marks among the students.

His obituary records that on all his circuits henry had been highly respected and loved by those who knew him well. To some it was easy to discover behind a grey exterior a great heart full of sympathy and a soul full of tears.


Henry authored the following.

The early Christian martyrs, or, stories of religious life in the olden time

The Vision of the Cross


Henry married Annette Slator (1850-1926) in the summer of 1875 at Holbeach, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one child.

Henry died on 19 December 1912 at Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, whilst on a visit to his brother.


  • 1871 Tottenham
  • 1872 Braintree
  • 1873 Spalding
  • 1875 Sleaford
  • 1876 Derby II
  • 1877 Eakring
  • 1879 Donington
  • 1880 Burton on Trent
  • 1884 Cheadle
  • 1887 Tunstall
  • 1889 Winsford &c
  • 1892 Sleaford
  • 1895 Bristol I
  • 1897 Pocklington
  • 1900 Brigg
  • 1902 St Ives
  • 1903 Stowmarket
  • 1904 Winster
  • 1908 Howden
  • 1909 Grantham
  • 1911 Hadnall


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/927; 1913/239

PM Minutes 1913/34

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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