Whiteway, Robert William Burgoyne (1853-1941)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Early years

Robert was born in 1853 at Hull, Yorkshire to parents John and Ellen.

Robert was the son of a sea captain and was intended for a career in the Royal Navy before he received the call of God. In 1875, during the ministry of Danzy Sheen, Robert left Hull to attend the Sunderland Institute. The 1871 census gives Robert’s occupation as boat builder.


Robert rendered valuable and lengthy service to the Connexional Candidates’ Examining Committee. He also served the Hartley College Committee and Preachers Friendly Society.

Robert had wide ranging interests. He could tell the rig of a ship or discourse on the orders of architecture. He had an intimate knowledge of geology and could illuminate a country walk with a description of forest trees and hedgebank flowers.

His obituary records that Robert was greatly esteemed and respected in all the circuits in which he travelled, for his genial and gentlemanly disposition and for his helpful and inspiring ministry.


Robert married Sarah Jane Calvin (1856-1934) in the summer of 1880 at Doncaster, Yorkshire. Sarah was the daughter of Rev James Calvin. Census returns identify one daughter.

  • Eleanor Calvin (1881-1968) – married William Dennis, a watchmaker, jeweller and optician (1911)

Robert died on 5 August 1941 at Ilkeston, Derbyshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1876 North Cave
  • 1878 Doncaster I
  • 1879 Pocklington
  • 1881 Barton on Humber
  • 1884 Bradford II
  • 1887 Peel
  • 1890 Bradwell
  • 1892 Manchester VII
  • 1894 Sheffield V
  • 1897 Keighley I
  • 1900 Selby
  • 1905 Sheffield VII
  • 1908 Lymm
  • 1913 Walkden
  • 1919 Bury
  • 1920 Long Eaton (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/632

Methodist Minutes 1942/136

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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