Rowland, Thomas, a minister of the United Methodist Free Churches, England, was born in Manchester in 1792. He entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1813, and continued to labor until 1850, when he became involved in the questions connected with the Reform movement. Refusing to apologize to the Conference for some of his writings, he was at first made supernumerary, and afterwards expelled. He joined the Wesleyan Reformers, and preached among them for several years. He attended the First Annual Assembly of the United Methodist Free Churches, held at Rochdale, 1857, and died in 1858. See Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.