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Francis Wrigley (1746-1824)

Francis Wrigley was born in Manchester. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1769 and exercised an active circuit ministry for fifty-five years in England, Ireland and Scotland.

His conference obituary describes him as a rigid enforcer of Methodist discipline. In his personality there was 'a degree of harshness; and he retained throughout his life an abruptness of manner, which not infrequently produced...an opinion unfavourable to his courtesy: but those who knew him best, discovered in him great tenderness of affection...'.

At the time of his death he was the oldest Methodist minister. Wrigley was buried at City Road chapel in London.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1819 and Minutes of Conference 1825

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