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This dictionary contains entries relating to Methodism in Britain and Ireland. These entries have been categorised as follows:

  • person
  • occupation
  • place
  • denomination
  • school/college
  • subject
  • publication
  • organisation
  • other

Note: only those categories which have entries defined will be available as options when searching the dictionary.

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main text
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any significant quotations relating to the entry
sources of further information

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The editor of this dictionary welcomes feedback on the contents. An online feedback form is provided for this purpose. If you wish to suggest a correction or addition to an existing entry the easiest way is to click on the Comment on this entry link displayed at the bottom of the second column of the entry page. This will open the feedback page with details of the relevant entry already entered.

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