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Peter McOwan (1795-1870)

Peter McOwan was born at Crieff in Scotland. He was converted at the age of eighteen under the influence of his brother and after an initial flirtation with Calvinism, was brought over to Arminian Methodism by reading the works of John Fletcher. After labouring as a local preacher, McOwan entered the itinerancy in 1817 and exercised an active circuit ministry in England and Scotland until superannuation in 1868. His final years were spent in Bristol.

McOwan was described by his conference obituary as being so enthusiastic in his early ministry as to endanger his health. He had a particular interest in foreign missions and made many contributions to Methodist periodicals.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1869 and Minutes of Conference 1870

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