Jones Pinxt., Maguire Sculpt., 1815
Engraving of Gideon Ousley, or Ouseley, a 'preacher of the Gospel and Irish missionary' (1762-1839). The engraving was featured in the Irish Methodist Magazine in 1815. After a dissolute youth, in which Ouseley lost an eye during a drunken shooting incident, he converted to Methodism in 1791 and became a local preacher. In 1799, Ouseley was appointed General Missionary in Ireland.
Ouseley has sometimes been called the most effective Irish evangelist of his time. He was also strongly anti-Catholic, which brought him enemies in a predominantly Catholic society. Ouseley died following an attack and robbery in a Dublin street in 1839. Interestingly, many of Ouseley's Methodist converts eventually emigrated to America and at least some found a better life there.