Pollock, Thomas Benson
b Strathallan, Isle of Man 1836, d Bordesley, Warwicks 1896. Trinity Coll Dublin, first studying medicine but switching to theology; BA 1859. Ordained in 1861, he served as a curate in Leek, Staffs, and Stamford Hill, Middx. In 1865 he joined his clergyman brother J S Pollock at St Alban’s Mission in Birmingham, remaining in a unique partnership for 30 years in this city parish of great poverty. Their initial ministry met much opposition, but they built up a thriving church and parochial life at some cost to the health of both men. On the death of his brother in Dec 1895, TBS succeeded him as vicar, but died himself exactly a year later. He served on the committee for A&M, which he chaired in the last year of his life. He also contributed several texts in metrical litany-mode (a series of short prayers with a repeated response) to its earlier edns, published separately as Metrical Litanies in 1870. No.832.