Vicar of Chipping, Lancs. He met John Wesley c.1741 and attended a gathering of Methodist preachers in Leeds convened by Charles Wesley. He welcomed John Wesley to his church, despite local objections. Summoned before the bishop in 1752 'for the high offence of letting Mr. Wesley preach in my pulpit', his defence was heard with 'much mildness and candour'. In March 1754 Wesley found him suffering from acute depression. He worked closely with William Grimshaw and attempted to reconcile Wesley and Benjamin Ingham.