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Thomas Hanby (1733-96)

Thomas Hanby was born in Carlisle, the son of the manager of a woollen factory.

He was orphaned at an early age and was brought up by his aunt at Barnard Castle.

Hanby was raised an Anglican but was converted by a Methodist shoemaker from Leeds, while making his living as a stuff-maker.

He entered the itinerancy in 1754 and exercised a long and successful circuit ministry in England and Scotland. He was appointed a member of the Legal Hundred in 1784 and the following year was one of those ordained by John Wesley for the work in Scotland.

Hanby was a keen supporter of the right of Methodists to receive the sacraments from their own preachers. He served as President of Conference in 1794.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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