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Name: John Muirhead

Burial Number: 1669

Gender: Male

Occupation: Priest

Distinction: Multi-Faith Minister

Born: 09/03/1868

Died: 22/12/1937

Buried: 24/12/1937


Rev John Muirhead 1868 – 1937

Baptist, Church of England and Catholic Clergyman

Scottish John Muirhead was educated at the University of Edinburgh and Bristol Baptist College. He spent 10 years on South Island, New Zealand as a Baptist Minister where he married Minnie Pratt and had a daughter, Dorothea Hinemoa. After his return to England in 1905 he was ordained into the Church of England at Ripon. He was a curate in Stalybridge for many years before converting to Catholicism and becoming the Priest in Charge on the Isle of Islay until 1925. He then returned to the Church of England, and after a brief spell as Reader at Waddington Hospital, John took up his last post as Vicar of Mansergh. John was a controversial preacher, rebuking parishioners at weddings for paganism, insisting on outdoor funeral services for victims of infectious diseases and introducing dawn services at harvest time to make farm workers attend. John and Minnie retired to Worthing were Minnie had family connections and their daughter had a thriving business as a dance school proprietor.



John was born on 20th April 1863 in Saltoun, East Lothian to farmer, John Muirhead (1826 – 1881) and his wife Eliza Williamson (1843 -1918). John had four siblings, Alexander L (1863), George H (1864),  Margaret (1866) and Francis Richard (1871). John’s father died in 1881 and the family went to live with Eliza’s parents in Edinburgh. John worked as a clerk in his grandparents’ fruiterers.

By 1891, John was a student of Theology at Edinburgh University. He lived with his brothers and sister near his grandparents’ shop. John was a student at Bristol Baptist Missionary College and was appointed to the ministery at Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand in about 1896. It was in Dunedin, Otago on 12th September, 1898 that John married Mary Ann (Minnie) Pratt. Their daughter, Dorothea Hinemoa Muirhead, was born on 13th July 1899 at Heene, Helena Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. John also ministered at Invercargill, New Zealand before returning to England.

In 1906 in Ripon, John was ordained into the Church of England and took up a curate’s role at Stalybridge, Manchester, His daughter, Dorothea, was schooled at St. Elphins’ School for Church of England Clergy in Darley Dale, Derbyshire.

In 1915, Minnie’s half sister, Minerva Rachel Henderson, married George Claude Meyer at St. Botolph’s in Heene, John officiated at the service, giving his title as Senior Curate, Christ Church, Moss Side, Manchester.

In the Newcastle Daily Chronicle on Friday the 14th May, 1920, the following surprising report appeared:

Received into Catholicism

The ‘Tablet’ stated that the Rev. John Muirhead and Mrs Muirhead were received into the Catholic Church on The eve of the Ascension at St. Aleysius Church, Oxford, by Father Charles Plater. Mr. Muirhead had recently resigned the living of St. Columba, Lonmay, Aberdeenshire.

John then became Priest in Charge of the Isle of Islay from 1920 – 1925.


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Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 24

Exact Location (what3words): drama.pays.refers

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In sacred memory of John Muirhead, Priest, passed on 22nd December 1937 aged 69 Also of Minnie his wife reunited 19th April 1961 aged 85

Further Information


Name: John Muirhead

Gender: Male

Born: 09/03/1868

Town: Unknown

County: East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)

Country: Scotland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 12/09/1898

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Pratt

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: New Zealand

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/12/1937

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 62

Address line 3: West Avenue

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £208 19 s 8 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

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