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Alexander Mather (1733-1800)

Alexander Mather was born in Brechin, Scotland. As a boy, he was involved with the 1745 Jacobite uprising and fought for the Young Pretender at Culloden. Mather moved to London at the age of nineteen and was converted by the preaching of John Wesley.

Mather joined the itinerancy in 1757 the first married preacher to be accepted. He was one of Wesley's closest confidants during the last years of the evangelist's life and in 1788 he became the first itinerant to be ordained for work in England. Such was his status within the Connexion that it was widely expected after Wesley's death, that Mather would jointly with Thomas Coke, exercise some kind of episcopal oversight over the Methodist Church.

Mather served as President of Conference in 1792 and was a member of all Conference committees until 1797.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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