Pigott, William D.D. (1846-1921)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

William was born on 27 September 1846 at Luddington, Lincolnshire to parents Enoch and Rachel. Enoch worked the land.

As a child of seven, William was sent out to work in the fields for two-pence per day. He was just eight years old when he received a vision of God. The plough handles served as a desk for his Bible and Lennie’s Grammar.

William became a local preacher at the age of sixteen.


William returned to the Jubilee Chapel at Scarborough to conduct the anniversary services for upwards of twenty years in succession. His obituary records that for anniversary occasions he was in constant demand, since as a preacher he was of outstanding distinction, and as a lecturer and platform speaker he was especially attractive, his fine personality, his impassioned eloquence, and unctuous fervour giving him great influence over the audience.

William’s Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him by Yale University of America.


William married Elizabeth Nicholson (1852-1923) in the spring of 1876 at Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Harold Hartington (1883-1952)

William died on 5 October 1921 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1871 Tetney
  • 1873 Mexborough
  • 1874 Hull I
  • 1876 Hull III
  • 1879 Grimsby II
  • 1882 Scarborough
  • 1885 Gainsborough
  • 1888 Hull III
  • 1892 Gainsborough
  • 1896 Lincoln I
  • 1901 Grimsby III
  • 1906 Hull II
  • 1908 Hull IV
  • 1913 Haslingden


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/675; 1922/68

PM Minutes 1922/278

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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