Born of Anglican parents in Athlone on 17 February 1822,he was converted through Methodism at Kilkenny while employed with the Ordnance Survey of Ireland. Transferred to Skipton, he was nominated for the itinerancy in 1844. In his early circuits he was, like his friend W. Morley Punshon, a preacher of extraordinary power and popularity. Over the years he modified his pulpit style. Though he wrote several biographies and many articles, preaching remained his chief delight. He was President of the British Conference in 1883. He died on 11 November 1908.