Alexander Kilham, Minister of the Gospel

Alexander Kilham, Minister of the Gospel
Alexander Kilham, Minister of the Gospel

1800-1850 / Engraving / Ministers, Preachers & Associates / Paper / Print
Engraving on paper
Published by Butterworths of Leeds, Early 1800s

Engraving of Alexander Kilham, Minister of the Gospel (1762-1798), published in the Methodist Magazine. Kilham was a radical Wesleyan itinerant minister who eventually founded the Methodist New Connexion.

Kilham became a local preacher in 1782 and acted as assistant to R.C. Brackenbury in the Channel Islands. By 1785 he had met John Wesley and become an itinerant preacher. Following Wesley's death, Kilham became involved in the various debates about Methodism and its future. He was more radical than many of his Methodist contemporaries and advocated the formal separation of Methodism from the Anglican Church. He made enemies among the Methodist establishment and was expelled from the Methodist Church in 1796.

Following this, and after starting the 'Methodist Monitor' paper, Kilham and three other preachers, William Thom, Stephen Eversfield and Alexander Cummin were instrumental in setting up the Methodist New Connection, with its own Conference. The remaining years of his life Kilham spent around Sheffield and Nottingham. He died early, in 1798, probably of tuberculosis.

The engraving is rather crude, see also the somewhat more detailed engraving of Kilham, 1996/4786/2 in the Online Collection.