Creighton, James an early Methodist preacher, was born at Moyne Hall, near Cavan, Ireland, in 1739. He studied at a grammar-school in Cavan, graduated in 1764 at Trinity College, Dublin, and, on October 28, the same year, was ordained a deacon in the cathedral church of Kilmore. Creighton confesses that at that time he had no experimental knowledge of the way of salvation, and that the bishop had warned him against preaching the doctrines of the Methodists. About 1776 he was converted through the reading of some of the writings of Wesley and Fletcher. He then commenced itinerating through Ireland, often preaching amid persecution and danger. In 1783 he was appointed by Wesley resident clergyman of the City-road Chapel, London, where he officiated until the infirmities of age compelled him to retire. In 1784 he assisted Wesley and Coke in the ordination of Whatcoat' and Vasey; he also participated in the consecration of Coke as bishop for the United States of America. From 1790 to 1792 he was editor of the Arminian Magazine. He died at Hackney, London, December 26, 1819. Creighton published, Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names, with a Preliminary Dissertation (commended by Dr. A. Clarke), 1807: — Elegic Stanzas on the Death of Charles Wesley: — Dialogue on the Death of
John Wesley: — Fenelon's Dialogues: — Thuckford's History of the World. Dr. Osborn (Outlines of Wesleyan Bibliography, Lond. 1869) enumerates eighteen separate publications. See Sandford, Memoirs of Wesleyan Preachers (N.Y. 1843), page 51 sq.; Stevenson, City-road Chapel (Lond. 1872, 8vo), pages 147-149, 282; Stevens, Hist. of Methodism, 2:214, 297; Smith, Hist. of Wesl. Meth. 1:478 sq.; 2:276, 277.