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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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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 Gordon

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer, the second son of William Anstice and his wife, Penelope, daughter of John Poole of Over Stowey, Somerset, was born on 21 December 1808 at Madeley, Shropshire, where the Anstice family had extensive iron-founding interests. He received his early education from his uncle, ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Arnold, John (1720–1792), psalmodist and composer, was baptized on 10 November 1720 in the village of Great Warley, Essex, the son of John Arnold (bap. 1689, d. 1762), yeoman farmer, and his wife, Penelope, née Brecknock (d. 1728). As a gentleman farmer he was active on the parish vestry from the age of twenty-one until a few years before his death, but he put most of his considerable energy into music. He signed the preface of his first publication, ...

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Baker, Sir Henry Williams, third baronet (1821–1877), hymn writer, was born in London on 27 May 1821, the eldest of the two sons and five daughters of Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, second baronet (1787–1859), and his wife, Louisa Anne (d. 1861)...

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A. F. Pollard

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Blew, William John (1808–1894), liturgical scholar and hymn writer, the only son of William Blew of St James's, Westminster, was born in that parish on 13 April 1808, and educated with John Henry Newman at St Nicholas's School, Ealing, and at Oxford, where he matriculated from ...

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Burnham, Richard (bap. 1749, d. 1810), Particular Baptist minister and hymnodist, son of William and Ann Burnham, was baptized at the parish church, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 22 April 1749. Burnham later embraced Baptist views and joined the Particular Baptist church at Reading...

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Coles, Vincent Stuckey Stratton (1845–1929), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born on 27 March 1845 at the rectory, Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset, the only son of the Revd James Stratton Coles (1810–1872), rector of Shepton Beauchamp from 1836 and later rural dean and a prebendary of ...

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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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Dix, William Chatterton (1837–1898), hymn writer, was born in Bristol on 14 June 1837, the only son of John Dix (b. 1811, d. in or after 1864), a surgeon and author, who was an alcoholic and subsequently abandoned the family to settle in ...

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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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Ellerton, John (1826–1893), hymn writer and editor of hymnals, was born on 16 December 1826 in Clerkenwell, London, the elder son of George Ellerton (1776–1844), of private means, who came from an evangelical Yorkshire family, and his wife, Jemima Frances, née Brown (1794/5–1866)...

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Elliott, Charlotte (1789–1871), poet and hymn writer, was the third daughter of Charles Elliott (1751–1832), a Bond Street silk merchant, and his second wife, Eling (1758–1843), daughter of the evangelical cleric Henry Venn, author of the Complete Duty of Man. She was born on 18 March 1789 at ...

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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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Grinfield, Thomas (1788–1870), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, son of Thomas Grinfield, a Moravian minister in Bristol, and Anna Joanna Barham, was born at Bath on 27 September 1788, the brother of Edward William Grinfield. Educated at St Paul's Cray, Kent...

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Gurney, Archer Thompson (1820–1887), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born at Tregony in Cornwall on 15 July 1820. His father, Richard Gurney (1790–1843), was vice-warden of the stannaries of Devon. In 1830 he claimed to be elected member 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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Hopkins, John (1520/21–1570), psalmodist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Wednesbury, Staffordshire. Nothing is known of his family or early life. He is probably identifiable with the John Hopkins who supplicated for the degree of BA at Oxford in March 1544 (he 'determined' in 1545). After ...

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Kelly, Thomas (1769–1855), hymn writer and founder of the Kellyites, was born at Kellyville, Queen's county, on 13 July 1769, the only son of Thomas (d. 1809), the Rt Hon. Chief Baron Kelly of Kellyville, Queen's county, justice of the Irish court of common pleas...