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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) by Charles Napier Kennedy, 1894 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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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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Bateson, Thomas (d. 1630), composer and organist, first appears as the father of a son baptized in 1592; he may have been born in the Wirral, Cheshire, but the identity of both his parents and his wife is unknown. In 1599 he was appointed organist of ...

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Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847) by George Henry Phillips (after John King, c. 1831) © Copyright The British Museum

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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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D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Leon Litvack

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley (1811–1875), hymn writer, was born at St Columb's, Londonderry, on 2 March 1811, the second of three sons of Thomas Bewley Monsell (d. 1846), archdeacon of Derry and precentor of Christ Church Cathedral, and his wife, Jane, née...

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O'Neill, William Chichester, first Baron O'Neill (1813–1883), Church of Ireland clergyman and composer, was born on 4 March 1813 at Culdaff House, co. Donegal, the son of Edward Chichester (d. 1840), rector of Kilmore, Armagh, and his wife, Catherine, née Young. He was educated at ...

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Robinson, Sir William Cleaver Francis (1834–1897), colonial governor and composer, born in Rosmead, co. Meath, Ireland, on 14 January 1834, was one of the six sons of Admiral Hercules Robinson (1789–1864) and his wife, Frances Elizabeth, née Wood, the daughter of Henry Widman Wood...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Leon Litvack

Singleton, Robert Corbet (1810–1881), hymn writer, was born on 9 October 1810, the second son of Francis Corbet of Aclare, co. Meath. His father added Singleton to his name in 1820. After attending a series of schools in Dublin, Robert entered Trinity College...

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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stanford, Sir Charles Villiers (1852–1924), composer, was born on 30 September 1852 at 2 Herbert Street, Dublin, the only child of John James Stanford, a distinguished lawyer, and his second wife, Mary, the daughter of William Henn of Dublin, master in chancery.

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Stevenson, Sir John Andrew (1761–1833), composer, was born at Dublin in November 1761, the second of the two sons of John Stevenson, of Glasgow, a violinist in the state band in Dublin. He was a chorister of Christ Church, Dublin, under Dr Richard Woodward...

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Tollet, Thomas (d. 1696?), musician and composer, is first known in 1669 when, along with two men who were perhaps his brothers, John Tollet (possibly the John ‘Tallat’ who had married an Ann Bates in Dublin in 1665, the earliest reference to the family name in ...

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Torrance, George William (1835–1907), Church of Ireland clergyman and composer, was born at Rathmines, Dublin, the eldest son of George Torrance, a merchant tailor. He was a chorister in Christ Church, Dublin, from 1847 to 1851 under Sir Robert Prescott Stewart, and became an organist for a short time at ...

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F. G. Edwards

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Wade, Joseph Augustine (1800/01–1845), composer, was born in Dublin. Earlier accounts usually gave his date of birth as about 1796, but the register of his death suggests that it was 1801. His father is said to have been a dairyman near Thomas Street, Dublin...

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Wesley [Wellesley], Garrett, first earl of Mornington (1735–1781), composer, was born on 19 July 1735, probably at Dangan Castle, co. Meath, the son of Richard Wesley (or Wellesley, formerly Colley), first baron of Mornington (1690–1758), and Elizabeth Sale (d. 1738). Educated at ...

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Wood, Charles (1866–1926), organist and composer, was born on 15 June 1866 at 11 Vicar's Hill, Armagh, the third son and fifth child of fourteen children of Charles Wood (1833–1893), lay vicar of Armagh Cathedral and diocesan registrar of Armagh, and his wife, ...