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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Bonnie Shannon McMullen

Cousin [née Cundell], Anne Ross (1824–1906), poet and hymn writer, only child of David Ross Cundell, an assistant surgeon of the 33rd regiment at Waterloo, and his wife, Ann, was born in Hull on 27 April 1824. Her family moved soon after to ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Clare Cotugno

Crewdson [née Fox], Jane (1808–1863), poet and hymn writer, was born at Perran-ar-worthal, Cornwall, on 22 October 1808, the second of three daughters of George Fox, manager of a local iron foundry; his cousin was the scientific writer Charles Fox (1797–1878). In 1825 the family moved to ...

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Doudney, Sarah (1841–1926), children's writer and hymn writer, was born at Portsea, Hampshire, on 15 January 1841, youngest of the (at least) four children of George Ebenezer Doudney (c.1804–1893), tallow chandler, and his wife, Lucy Clay (c.1806–1891). Her father ran a candle- and soap-manufacturing business, with factories at ...

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Fleury, Maria de (fl. 1773–1791), religious controversialist and hymn writer, was based in Cripplegate, London, but little is known of her family and background, other than that she had a brother who married about 1773. An active member of a circle of moderate Calvinist Baptists and other dissenters, she published several pieces on the theological and political controversies of the day. She was a Baptist but the Independent minister ...

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Griffiths [née Thomas], Ann (bap. 1776, d. 1805), hymn writer in Welsh, born at a farmhouse called Dolwar-fach in the parish of Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, Montgomeryshire, the fourth of the five children of John Evan Thomas (1736–1804), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Jane, ...

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Havergal, Frances Ridley [pseuds. Sabrina, Zoide] (1836–1879), poet and hymn writer, the youngest of the six children of William Henry Havergal (1793–1870), Church of England clergyman and composer, and his first wife, Jane Head (d. 1848), was born on 14 December 1836 at her father's rectory at ...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Luke [née Thompson], Jemima (1813–1906), hymn writer, daughter of Thomas Thompson (1785–1865) and Elizabeth Pinckney (d. 1837), was born at Islington, London, on 19 August 1813. Her father was one of the pioneers of the Bible Society, assisted in the formation of the ...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Parson [née Rooker], Elizabeth (1812–1873), hymn writer, daughter of William Rooker (1772–1852), Congregational minister of Tavistock, Devon, and his wife, Elizabeth Angas of Bridport, was born at Tavistock on 5 June 1812. From 1840 to 1844 she conducted a class for young people in her father's chapel, and for them she wrote several hymns, which came into use in a number of collections, which included the Baptist ...

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W. B. Lowther

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Peters [née Bowly], Mary (1813–1856), hymn writer, was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 17 April 1813, the daughter of Richard Bowly and his wife, Mary. According to the Dictionary of National Biography and John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, while very young she married ...

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Saffery, Maria Grace (bap. 1772?, d. 1858), hymn writer and poet, was probably the child baptized on 30 November 1772 at Greenham, near Newbury, Berkshire, the daughter of James Andrews and his wife, Mary, according to the IGI; however, the Dictionary of National Biography...

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Scott [married names Williams, Smith], Elizabeth (1707/8–1776), hymn writer, was born at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Thomas Scott (1679/80–1746), Independent minister, and his wife. Joseph Nicoll Scott (1702/3–1769) and Thomas Scott (1705–1775) were her brothers. In 1709 the family moved to ...

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T. W. Bayne

revised by Lesley Orr Macdonald

Simpson [née Bell], Jane Cross (1811–1886), hymn writer, daughter of James Bell, advocate (d. 1826), and his wife, Janet (1780–1855), daughter of the Revd James Hamilton of Cathcart parish church, Glasgow, was born in Glasgow on 12 November 1811. Educated by her father, she studied the classics as well as those subjects which were conventionally considered appropriate for middle-class girls of the time. In her youth she travelled extensively in ...

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Steele, Anne (1717–1778), hymn writer and poet, daughter of William Steele (1689–1769), timber merchant and Baptist pastor, was born at Broughton, Hampshire. In 1769 the family moved from the village to Broughton House nearby. The view from the terrace walk in the garden is said to have inspired her poem ...

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Winkworth, Catherine (1827–1878), translator of hymns, was born at 20 Ely Place, Holborn, London, on 13 September 1827, the fourth of the seven children of Henry Winkworth (1792/3–1869) and Susanna Dickenson (d. 1841), both of evangelical backgrounds. Her father was a silk merchant, whose business took the family to ...

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Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878) by J. Fisher © National Portrait Gallery, London