William Pollard

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William Pollard (1828–1893) was an English Quaker writer and recorded minister. He was a prominent advocate of quietist Quaker theology.

Early life[edit]

Pollard was born at Horsham, Sussex, on 10 June 1828, the son of James Pollard (1789–1851) and his wife, Susannah.[1] He became a junior teacher at the Friends' School, Croydon in 1843, and in 1849 entered the Flounders Institute at Ackworth, Yorkshire. He was appointed a master at Ackworth School in 1851 and remained there for 16 years.[2]

Pollard married Lucy Binns of Bishopwearmouth on 12 January 1854. They were to have ten children.[3] Pollard was the author of several Quaker tracts while he was at Ackworth, including Primitive Christianity Revived and Congregational Worship. Ill-health obliged him to leave the teaching profession in 1866, but he was first mentioned as a recorded minister in the same year, when the family moved to Reigate.

A Reasonable Faith[edit]

From 1866 to 1872, Pollard worked for the photographer Francis Frith. A proponent of liberal, quietist Quaker theology, he was co-author, with Frith and W. E. Turner, of the influential book A Reasonable Faith, "by Three Friends" (1884 and 1886), which provoked outcry among evangelically minded Quakers.[1] In 1871 he published Considerations Addressed to the Society of Friends on the Peace Question, and in 1872 he became secretary and lecturer to the Lancashire and Cheshire International Arbitration Association, a branch of the Peace Society. He held this post for most of the rest of his life.


Around 1872, Pollard and his family moved to Sale, Cheshire.[4] He died on 26 September 1893 at his home, Drayton Lodge, Eccles, Lancashire.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Pollard, William (1828–1893), Charlotte Fell-Smith, rev. K. D. Reynolds, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  2. ^ William Pollard.
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  4. ^ William Pollard.

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