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John Murlin (1722-99)

John Murlin was born in St Stephen near Brannel in Cornwall, the son of a farmer. After serving an apprenticeship as a carpenter, he was converted in 1749 by the preacher John Downes. He began to preach locally and in 1754 left his prosperous business to join the itinerancy. His circuit ministry was exercised in England and Ireland. Upon his superannuation in 1787, he and his wife settled in Oxford.

Murlin was one of the preachers at the centre of the Norwich sacramental dispute in 1760.

An exceptionally gifted preacher, Murlin's emotional style earned him the nickname 'The weeping prophet'.

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

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