Tranmer, John Richard (1861-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917

Early years

John was born on 15 July 1861 at Cottingham, Yorkshire to parents George and Sarah. George was a pork butcher.

John trained for the teaching profession, but in answer to the unanimous call of his Church he entered the ministry.


John served as Leeds and York District Sunday School Secretary and served on the Candidates’ Examining Committee. Whilst at Sheffield he spent five years as President of the City Local Preachers’ Training Class significantly raising the standard of lay preaching in the area.

After retiring, and settling in Liverpool, John worked as a chaplain to Liverpool hospitals. In this pastoral work he excelled, for he was a great shepherd of souls.

His obituary records that John was popular in the best sense of the word, quiet, dignified and charming. His preaching manifested the range and depth of his Christian experience, and in ordinary conversation he was always a lovely and gracious soul.


John married Mary Jane Gardener (abt1860-1944) in the summer of 1887 at Cardiff, Glamorgan. Census returns identify three children.

  • Walter Wray (1889-1967) – a clerk (1911)
  • William Robert (1891-1943) – a nurseryman
  • Mary Elizabeth Irene (1896-1989) – married Robert Pugh in 1918

John died on 6 October 1940 at Liverpool, Lancashire.


  • 1883 Nottingham IV
  • 1886 Nottingham II
  • 1887 Poplar
  • 1889 Nottingham I
  • 1892 Laxey
  • 1895 Silsden
  • 1899 Sheffield IX
  • 1906 Leeds V
  • 1910 Sheffield IX
  • 1916 Manchester V
  • 1919 Plymouth
  • 1923 Liverpool (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/116

Methodist Minutes 1941/164

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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