Thompson, Jonathan a Wesleyan Methodist preacher, was born at Torhouse, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England. In his early life he resided for a time in Ayr, Scotland. He was converted under Cownley at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 1786 he returned to Ayr, where he officiated as a local preacher. In 1789
he came out to labor in connection with the British Conference, and was sent to the Inverness Circuit. He was soon cut down by a fever in Elgin, Morayshire. He was interred in the same tomb that had received the remains of the holy Joshua Keighley only a year before. Young Thompson was a man of holiness and much prayer. "His great zeal for God, united with the fervor and imprudence of youth, led him to excessive labor in the work of his great Master, which proved the cause of his death." See Minutes of Wesleyan Conferences, 1790; Atmore, Meth. Memorial, s.v.