Sainty, Francis John (1872-1953)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924

Early years

Francis was born in 1872 at Tyne Dock, Co Durham, to parents Mark John and Louisa. Mark worked as a dock pilot (1881).

Francis worked as a clerk before entering the ministry.


Francis spent the majority of his ministry in Scottish circuits. His obituary records that he was a man of many parts – student, pastor, evangelist, administrator – but what made him of one piece was his unreserved and ardent devotion to his Lord. He was a great evangelist, and by his passion to win souls he laid well and truly the foundations of the churches he served.

Francis served his district as Building Committee Secretary and as Missionary Secretary. He was also President of the Scottish Christian Endeavour Union.


Francis married Mary Emily Ward (1878-1953) on 29 December 1904 at the PM chapel, Belle Vue, Sandal Magna, nr Wakefield, Yorkshire. Rev Arthur Ward, the bride’s father, officiated. Census returns identify two children.

  • Edith Alice (b abt1908)
  • Arnold (1909-1912)

Francis died on 30 December 1953 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire.


  • 1894 Glasgow II
  • 1898 Greenock
  • 1903 Glasgow III
  • 1908 Shipley
  • 1911 Bradford III
  • 1913 Glasgow III
  • 1925 Motherwell
  • 1932 Edinburgh
  • 1937 Glasgow (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924/704

Methodist Minutes 1954/128

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • Peter,

    Thank you for the additional information about your grandfather’s family. I do not always manage to pick up on births that take place after the time of the 1911 census.

    By Geoff Dickinson (10/02/2016)
  • Mr Dickinson’s kindly contribution regarding my grandfather F J Sainty correctly records my late aunt (Edith later Mrs Edith Hay) and my uncle Arnold but omits my father David Livingstone Sainty (1916-2013) whose names reflected my grandfather’s probationary ministry at Blantyre.

    Also, my great-grandfather Mark John was later assistant Dockmaster at Tyne Dock, South Shields.

    Peter J Sainty.

    By Peter J Sainty (09/02/2016)
  • This page was modified on 12 January 2016 to add a sketch published in the Christian Messenger 1917.

    By Geoff Dickinson (12/01/2016)

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