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 ...
J. C. Hadden
revised by Bonnie Shannon McMullen
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 ...
T. W. Bayne
revised by Douglas Brown
Dougall, Neil (1776–1862), poet and hymn writer, was born on 9 December 1776 at Greenock, the son of Neil Dougald and his wife, Jean Moir. His father was a joiner and sailor, who was pressed into the naval service and died in Ceylon...
Fethy [Futhie], John (d. 1568x70), musician and Roman Catholic priest, was the author of two notable lyrics (nos. 288 and 309) in the Bannatyne collection (1568)—for no. 309 at least there is evidence that he also composed music—and of words and music for ...
revised by Rosemary Scott
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 ...
revised by David Huddleston
Malcom [Malcolm], Andrew George (1782–1823), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and hymn writer, was born at Hill Hall House, co. Down, on 15 September 1782. He was the second son of James Malcolm (d. 3 Oct 1805), who was ordained minister of ...
Maker: Charles Turner
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 ...
revised by M. J. Mercer
Moore, Henry (1732–1802), Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, son of Henry Moore (d. 1762), minister of Treville Street Presbyterian congregation, Plymouth, was born at Plymouth on 30 March 1732; his mother was the daughter of William Bellew of Stockleigh Court, Devon. He received his rudimentary education from his father, after which he attended the grammar school in ...
W. B. Lowther
revised by Rosemary Mitchell
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 ...
Saffery, Maria Grace (bap. 1772
J. R. Watson
Scott, Thomas (1705–1775), poet and hymn writer, was the younger son of Thomas Scott (1679/80–1746), Independent minister at Norwich (previously at Hitchin). Daniel Scott (1694–1759) was his uncle, Joseph Nicoll Scott (1702/3–1769) his brother, and Elizabeth Scott (1707/8–1776) his sister. He was born at ...
J. R. Watson
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 ...
Stone, Samuel John (1839–1900), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born on 25 April 1839 at the rectory at Whitmore, near Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, the son of the Revd William Stone (1805–1877), author. He was educated at the Charterhouse (1853–8) and ...
J. E. Lloyd
revised by D. Ben Rees
Williams, Robert [pseud. Robert ap Gwilym Ddu] (1766–1850), poet and hymn writer, only child of William Williams and Jane Parry, was born at Betws Fawr, a farm in the parish of Llanystumdwy, Caernarvonshire on 6 December 1766. He had some education locally but his mentors were the local poets of the area. His father was a substantial farmer and freeholder, and ...
revised by S. R. J. Baudry
Young, Andrew (1807–1889), hymn writer and poet, was born in Edinburgh on 23 April 1807, the second son of David Young, an Edinburgh teacher, and his wife, Margaret Merrilees. He had a brilliant career in the arts and theological classes at Edinburgh University...