Crothers, Dr Thomas Dickson
1831-1902; e.m. 1850

MNC minister, born at Knocknagor, Co. Down, on 2 April 1831. The family moved to Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1845. He served in 15 circuits before becoming third Principal of Ranmoor College in 1886. A shy, austere man, he was criticized for an excessive emphasis on Butler's Analogy of Religion in the college curriculum. He retired in 1898, by which time there was strong pressure to modernize the course of study. He was President of the 1884 Conference. He died on 11 June 1902.