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Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet, was born at 25 Eccles Street, Dublin. She was the second daughter of John Humphreys, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines and later brigade major in the Tyrone yeomanry, and his wife, ...

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Arkwright, Sir John Stanhope (1872–1954), politician and hymn writer, was born at 11 Lowndes Street, London, on 10 July 1872, the only son (there were three daughters) of John Hungerford Arkwright (1833–1905), landowner and lord lieutenant of Herefordshire, of Hampton Court, Leominster, Herefordshire...

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Bonar, Horatius (1808–1889), Free Church of Scotland minister and hymn writer, was born at Edinburgh on 19 December 1808. He was the sixth son of James Bonar, the second solicitor of excise at Edinburgh, and his wife, Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), the daughter of ...

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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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Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847), hymn writer, was born on 1 June 1793 at The Cottage, Ednam, near Kelso, Roxburghshire, the second son of Captain Thomas Lyte (d. 1850) and Anna Maria Oliver, and a descendant of the botanist Henry Lyte and the genealogist ...

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Monk, William Henry (1823–1889), organist and hymnist, the son of William and Anna Coleman Monk, was born at Brompton, London, on 16 March 1823. He studied music under Thomas Adams, J. A. Hamilton, and G. A. Griesbach, and became church organist and choirmaster at, successively, ...

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Montgomery, James (1771–1854), hymn writer and poet, was born on 4 November 1771 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the second of the four children of John Montgomery (1734–1791), and his wife, Mary, née Blackley (d. 1790). His family, originally from Scotland, had been settled for several generations in ...

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Perronet, Vincent (1693–1785), Church of England clergyman, was born in the parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, on 11 December 1693, the third and youngest son of David Perronet (1664–1717), a surgeon, and Philothea Arther, first cousin to the countess dowager of Dartmouth. Perronet...

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Toplady, Augustus Montague (1740–1778), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born on 4 November 1740 at Farnham, Surrey, the only surviving child of Richard Toplady (1713?–1741), army officer, and Catherine (1704–1770), the daughter of Richard Bate (d. 1736), incumbent of ...

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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 ...