Stott, Walter (1859-1943)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917

Early years

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

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