Samuel Lowthion, 1751- 1780
When William Wilson died in 1751, Richard Rogerson needed a new assistant. The choice fell on Rev Samuel Lowthion, who had trained at the dissenting academy in Kendal run by Dr Caleb Rotheram. Lowthion was a Cumberland man and was minister in Penrith, when he was appointed as assistant to Richard Rogerson, and he continued as pastor from 1760 after Rogerson’s death.
Rogerson’s ministry in Newcastle as assistant was highly successful, and he was the natural successor to Rogerson. He published a discourse on Rogerson’s death in which he said, “I deem it one of ther happiest circumstances of my life that my lot is cast among a people who allow and encourage me to think and speak freely, who disavow all narrow principles, and who hear with patience and candour, what may be urged in defence of any doctrine, however unpopular.”
Lowthion married a sister of William Charnley, a great Newcastle bookseller (in the mid-nineteenth century Emerson Charnley, a bookseller and likely a descendant was a Trustee of the church). During his time at Newcastle he published sermons on the ordination of Rev Caleb Rotheram, son of his old tutor, on the Thanksgiving for the Peace of 1763 (marking the end of the Seven Years War), and at the inauguration of a Ministers’, Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund, of which he was the chief promoter. Lowthion died suddenly on 17th November 1780 at his house in the Forth of “a gout in the head” and was interred in St Nicholas’ churchyard.
Robert Hood D. D. 1781 – 1782
Samuel Lowthion was succeeded by the unfortunate Dr Robert Hood. He kept an academy in Brampton, but little is recorded of his life and work.
He was appointed to Hanover Square in 1781, but soon after fell into a decline and died in June of the following year. He was buried in St Andrew’s churchyard. The Newcastle Courant described him as, “a diligent, faithful pastor, whose liberal principles gained him the esteem of all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance”. The year after his death saw published a volume of his sermons. The subscribers to the volume included Lord and Lady Ravensworth, several Church of England clergymen, and most of the liberal minded people of the north.