Pastor Leslie Roberts was a former Pastor at the Nazarene Church in Elm Street.
Originally from Ikleston, Derbyshire, England, Leslie was a wrestler before he found the clergy. His grandson David Thomson commented, “He was an strong as an ox and used to bend 6 inch nails with his bare hands!”
Leslie was in Blantyre at the Nazarene Church in 1945 and married Elizabeth Conquer (widowed as Paterson) in Blantyre on 21st December 1947.
Leslie and Elizabeth had each been married before, widowed, Leslie having lost his first wife 2 years earlier in 1945. Elizabeth had been a widow for some 14 years and had a son and daughter from her first marriage. She later lost a son Lauchlan, aged 10.
Following a move to Dublin, Leslie moved back to Blantyre and stayed here for many years at Welsh Drive still involved with the Nazarene in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Leslie was also a published poet, his book “Heavenly Echoes” still available.
He is buried in High Blantyre.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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