Born: Ap­ril 3, 1772, Ford­hays, Stoke-on-Trent, Staf­ford­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Oc­to­ber 11, 1852, Staf­ford­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: En­gle­sea Brook Cha­pel, En­gle­sea Brook, Chesh­ire, Eng­land.


Bourne joined the Me­thod­ist mov­ement in 1799, and in 1800 went to live near the Mow Cop Col­liery (near Burs­lem), where he had se­cured an en­gage­ment.

With two or three oth­er sim­i­lar­ly mind­ed men, he car­ried on a ser­ies of pray­er meet­ings, end­ing in a great Am­er­i­can style camp meet­ing on Mow Cop Moun­tain, Sun­day, May 31, 1807.

Other camp meet­ings fol­lowed, but were con­demned by the Wes­ley­an Con­fer­ence lat­er that year.

How­ev­er, Bourne con­tin­ued his ev­an­gel­is­tic work in con­nec­tion with the Wes­ley­an So­ci­e­ty un­til June 27, 1808, when he was ex­com­mu­ni­cat­ed, with­out no­tice or tri­al, by the Quar­ter­ly Meet­ing held at Burs­lem that day.

Subsequent acts of cool­ness and in­dif­fer­ence on the part of the Wes­ley­an au­tho­ri­ties, to­ge­ther with con­tin­ued suc­cess in his ev­an­gel­is­tic work, led him grad­u­al­ly to or­gan­ize the Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Con­nex­ion.

The de­ci­sive break oc­curred in 1810, and from then un­til his death, he gave him­self to the work of ex­tend­ing and build­ing up the So­ci­e­ty of which he was the prin­ci­pal found­er.

He was the first ed­it­or of its ma­ga­zine, and the first to com­pile a hym­nal for its use.




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