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Methodism in the Royal Navy, 1740–1815

Pickering, A.N.

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A.N. Pickering


The relationship between Methodism and the armed forces dates from the very early days of the movement. The Methodist soldier preachers of the eighteenth century have been the subject of considerable historical study; the navy has received much less attention. Owen Spencer Watkins recognized that evidence of Methodism in the Royal Navy ‘was at most very occasional. The result is that a most interesting chapter in the history of our Church is lost to us.’1 There is a paucity of material, certainly in comparison with the army; however, it is possible to give sufficient evidence of a thriving Methodist subculture in the Royal Navy during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.


Pickering, A. (2019). Methodism in the Royal Navy, 1740–1815. Wesley and Methodist studies, 11(2), 192-210.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 29, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 29, 2019
Journal Wesley and methodist studies.
Print ISSN 2291-1723
Electronic ISSN 2291-1731
Publisher Penn State University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 192-210


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