Bolam, John, an English Wesleyan minister, was born at Gateshead, Dec. 13, 1802. At an early age he attended Wesley's Orphan-house School at Newcastle. He was converted in 1819, was sent to his first circuit in 1824, and four years afterwards was appointed to the Shetland Islands, where he endured much privation. In many subsequent spheres his labors were greatly blessed. He retired after forty-two years' service, and died at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, June 5, 1872. Bolam was a man of varied ability, of uniform piety, and abiding friendship. Strength and acuteness marked his efforts, and his power of analysis and skill in composition were considerable. Of popery he was an uncompromising enemy, and in his later years his pen was often employed in exposing and denouncing its errors. See Minutes of the British Conference, 1872, p. 29.