Benjamin Gregory (1772-1849)
Benjamin Gregory was born near Belper in Derbyshire.
He entered the itinerancy in 1799 and 'laboured with great acceptance and usefulness for twenty-nine years and a half, principally in Lincolnshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire'.
He retired in 1829 to Belper where he continued to preach locally and was apparently well-known for his extreme diffidence, 'amiable disposition and&zeal and efficiency'.
In 1807 when Gregory was serving in the Retford circuit, he was the subject of criticism by two senior preachers Samuel Bardsley and Francis Wrigley. Bardsley went so far as to describe Gregory as not appearing right in the head and questioned whether he should have been recommended for the itinerancy.
Source: PLP 5/6.65 (MARC) and Minutes of Conference 1849