Stott, Walter (1859-1943)
Walter was born in 1859 at Cronton, nr Widnes, Lancashire to parents Henry and Margaret. Henry was a watchmaker.
Walter was educated for the commercial world. At the time of the 1881 census, he was working as a general commercial clerk.
In his second appointment at Paisley he settled in the suburban charge of Pollokshaws. There he met, and moulded, the future Vice-President of Conference, James Gray, J.P.
Walter served the station of Wishaw for thirty-five years, a unique achievement in Primitive Methodism. When he first arrived the membership was forty-four. This was gradually increased to over two hundred.
After eight years, the congregation had outgrown the old small church. Walter acquired a large United Presbyterian Church, which was renovated and enlarged. He also built a Mission Church at Castlehill.
Walter became a force in public affairs in Wishaw. For thirteen years he was a member of the School Board and served on the Cambusnethan Parish Council for twenty-five years. He also became a J.P. for Lanarkshire.
Walter had the unique experience, for a Methodist minister, of living in one town for fifty-three years.
Walter married Alice Glover Barkla (b1866) in late 1908 at Bristol, Gloucestershire. She was the daughter of William Barkla, a distinguished Wesleyan of Bristol.
Walter died on 7 January 1943 at Wishaw.
- 1886 Doncaster I
- 1888 Paisley
- 1891 Wishaw
- 1926 Wishaw (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/708
Methodist Minutes 1943/127
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers