Dr. John Watson (1832-1913)
Biography, by Annie Watson Cowie

John Watson's daughter, Annie, wrote this biography of her father around 1922-23, a decade after his death. Drawn from her own memories, it is supplemented by episodes recorded in old family correspondence; and includes extracts from a set of personal appreciations written by Rev. Watson's former colleagues and friends. Parts of the work were published in the "Primitive Methodist Leader" in 1924. This "edition" follows the original typescript, edited in her own hand.

Table of Contents

Foreword Weardale: bastion of Methodism, cradle of John Watson
Chapter I Weardale: the natural setting, strength of Methodist convictions, early family life, schooling, death of father, religious conversion
Chapter II Weardale: local preacher, revivals, circuit minister;
Sunderland: marriage to Miss Phillips
Chapter III Sunderland: death of wife;
Newcastle-on-Tyne: circuit work, marriage to Eleanor Cook, character traits;
Hartlepool: birth of Kate;
Spennymoor: circuit and civic work;
North Shields: circuit work
Chapter IV Mission work; journey to South Africa;
Aliwal North: restoring church membership, visit to Basutoland, birth of Annie, deaths of sons John and Thomas Parker; call to South Australia
Chapter V Journey to Australia;
Adelaide: financial hard times; writing and translating work; views on church union
Chapter VI Return to England;
Chester: circuit work; Christian Endeavour;
successful re-integration into church circles;
nomination to position at Manchester Theological College

Chapter VII
Principal at Hartley College;
Editor of Holborn Review;
President of Conference;
Appointment to Manchester IX circuit; and college tutor

Chapter VIII
Death of wife Eleanor;
President of the British Christian Endeavour Union;
Collapse from overwork; adjustment to enforced retirement

Chapter IX
Removal to Guernsey;
Correspondence with Clement Gerrard

Chapter X
Death of Dr. John Watson;
Expressions of appreciation by church colleagues and friends

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