Atlay, John

Born at Sheriff-Hutton, Yorks, he entered the itinerancy in 1763 and from 1773 served as Wesley's Book Steward (trading from 1785 as a coal-merchant on the side!). Under the influence of Dr. John Taylor of Norwich he moved towards Arianism. He took the side of the Dewsbury trustees and left the connexion in 1788 to become minister of the estranged congregation there.

  • L. Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley (4th edn, 1878) 3 pp.552-60
  • G.J. Stevenson, City Road Chapel, London and its Associations [1873], p.279
  • William Blazeby, Rev. John Atlay, a Methodist minister: the after story of the founding of a Unitarian mission and its ministers (1908)
  • F.H. Cumbers, The Book Room (1956) pp.93-4


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