Bryant, Thomas
c.1740s-c.1804; e.m. 1758

An active outdoor evangelist and popular Yorkshire preacher described by John Wesley as 'rough as Will Darney [but] much changed for the better'. Ordained by Bishop Erasmus, he insisted on wearing a gown. After Wesley expelled him in January 1765, he led a secession in Sheffield and became Independent minister of the Scotland Street chapel. He invited Alexander Kilham there in 1796 and it became MNC after his death.

  • John Wesley, Works (Bicentennial Edition), 21 p.448n
  • J. Everett, Historical Sketches of Wesleyan Methodism in Sheffield (Sheffield, 1823) pp.185-9
  • W. Parkes, Thomas Bryant - Independent Methodist (Sheffield, 1965)