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Doughty, William Lamplough

The son of Walter Doughty of Hull and Sarah Lamplough, a member of the prominent Lamplough Wesleyan insurance broker family. Educated at Hymers College, Hull, he was accepted for the ministry in 1904, serving a pre-collegiate year in the Isle of Man before training at Richmond College. He travelled widely, serving prosperous suburban churches in Sutton Coldfield and London, and also places like Grimsby, Aberdeen, the North of Scotland Mission and Bangor. As a minister he made himself an expert on Wesleyana and became a prominent Methodist historian. His books included John Wesley in Lincolnshire (1938), John Wesley, His Conferences and His Preachers (the WHS Conference Lecture for 1944), Studies in Religious Poetry of the 17th Century (1946), John Wesley Preacher (1955) and Susannah Wesley’s Prayers (1956).

He was President of the Wesley Historical Society from 1956 to 1963 and wrote many articles for the Proceedings and elsewhere. He married twice, firstly in 1911 the ex- Deaconess Marie Sayer formerly from Eastbourne, and secondly, in 1929 Phyllis Clay from Finchley. He had two daughters. Though sometimes seen as shy and retiring, Doughty made many friends and enjoyed corresponding with them. H died in September 1966.


  • Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, 35 pt. 7 (1966) p.168

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