Porteous [née Thompson], Mary
- E. Dorothy Graham
Porteous [née Thompson], Mary (1783–1861), Primitive Methodist itinerant preacher, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, youngest child of John Thompson, joiner and cabinet-maker, a strict Presbyterian. After his death, when Mary was very young, his large family were impoverished. Having left school at seven, she taught herself to read and write, and worked in a factory from the age of eleven; becoming ill, she worked at home spinning yarn, often reading as she laboured. When her mother died on 31 December 1801 a Presbyterian neighbour took her in. She met ...