Robinson, Marmaduke (1874-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927

Early years

Marmaduke was born on 3 November 1874 at Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents William Robinson and Mary Jane Simpson. William was a PM Minister.

Marmaduke became a church member at fifteen and a local preacher soon afterwards. The Wakefield circuit recommended him for the ministry. Before attending Hartley College for three years, Marmaduke had a brief term as Lay Agent in the Briston circuit.


His obituary records that ‘Duke’ (as he was known to his friends) inherited his father’s ability as a preacher. His studious disposition qualified him to make full use of his time at Hartley College, and, through the years he loyally served his Church, his ministry was enriched by the fruits of his scholarship.


Marmaduke married Eleanor Flora Clayton (1881-1966) in the spring of 1905 at East Retford, Nottinghamshire. Eleanor was a daughter of Rev Alfred Clayton (1837-1890). Census returns identify two children.

  • Eirene Clayton (1906-1986) – a teacher
  • Daphne Simpson (1908-1993) – a teacher; married George E Linfoot in 1946

Marmaduke died on 18 November 1949 at Bournemouth, Dorset.


  • Hartley
  • 1900 Morley
  • 1904 Leeds II
  • 1906 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1909 Kidderminster
  • 1910 Lowestoft
  • 1913 Grays & Richmond
  • 1915 Bedford II
  • 1917 Hull VII
  • 1920 Bury II
  • 1924 Whitby
  • 1928 Pontypool
  • 1932 Hindley
  • 1934 Morley
  • 1937 Hoyland
  • 1940 Bournemouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/386; 1927/852

Methodist Minutes 1950/132

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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