WM local preacher, born on 2 January 1852 at Thornset, New Mills, Derby. He began his working life as a weaver in a Bolton mill and was largely self-educated. He became one of the leading figures in Southport Methodism. He was President of the LPMAA. In his will he left £20,000 towards the establishing of Wesley House in Cambridge on condition that a few places should be allocated to non-graduate students, but did not live to see the college established.