Stott, Walter (1859-1943)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
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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