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Walter Oke Croggan (1791-1854)

Walter Oke Croggan was born in Penryn, Cornwall, a son of devout Baptists. He was converted at the age of nineteen by the preaching of the Wesleyan ministers John Woodrow and Anthony Seckerson. After labouring as a local preacher, Croggan entered the itinerancy in 1817 on the recommendation of his native Truro circuit. His testimonial described him as a man of good education and 'engaging manners.'

Croggan was stationed in Cornish circuits from 1817 to 1822 and was then accepted for the foreign missions. He served in France until 1826 and was then posted to the island of Zante in Greece where he remained until 1834. He returned to England and spent two years in the Kingswood circuit. Croggan then spent fourteen years as Superintendent of Irish Missions and Schools before re-entering home circuit work.

He died on 30 January 1854.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1854, Hill's Arrangement 1853 and List of Wesleyan Preachers on Trial 1803-1831 (MARC)

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