- Charles Skelton was converted by Methodist preaching in Ireland in 1747 and entered the itinerancy a year later. He ysuffered considerable persecution and was one of ten preachers who were arraigned before the assizes with Charles Wesley in 1749 for disturbing the King's peace. Skelton left Methodism in 1755 and settled as an independent minister at Bury in Lancashire. Source: C. F Crookshank, Methodism in Ireland (1885), volume 1.
- Thomas Williams was the first Methodist preacher to work in Ireland. He came from a respectable Welsh family and received a university education. He entered the itinerancy in 1741 and worked with John Wesley in Newcastle. Early in 1743 he was appointed by George Whitefield to be superintendent of his societies in parts of South Wales, and he also attended the Conference of Calvinistic Methodists which was held later that year. The following year however he re-joined the Wesleys and in 1747 crossed to Dublin to establish Methodism in Ireland. Williams laboured as a preacher in Ireland from 1747 to 1752. His ministry was attended by great success and he accompanied both John and Charles Wesley during their visits to Ireland. He withdrew from the movement in 1752 and obtained Anglican Orders. Source: C. F Crookshank, Methodism in Ireland (1885), volume 1.
- John Meriton (1698-1753) graduated from Caius College, Cambridge, and was ordained into the Anglican Church shortly after. He served as a curate in his native East Anglia before moving to the Isle of Man, where he was converted. He joined the Methodists in 1741 and accompanied both Wesley brothers on many preaching tours. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974).
- Jonathan Reeves was an early Methodist itinerant, who travelled mainly in Cornwall and Ireland. He attended the Conferences of 1746 to 1748 and served as a trustee of Bristol's Orphan House. Reeves was eventually ordained into the Anglican ministry and after filling a curacy in London was appointed Rector of West Ham in Essex. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974).
Detailed manuscript account for the attention of John Wesley, of the persecution of Charles Wesley and Methodist preachers at Cork in Ireland. Written by one of the following preachers who were involved - Jonathan Reeves, Charles Skelton, [Robert] Swindells, [Thomas] Williams or [John] Meriton.
[Shorthand annotations by John Wesley]