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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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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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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 '...

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Russell, Arthur Tozer (1806–1874), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born at Northampton on 20 March 1806 the son of Thomas Russell or Cloutt (1781–1846), a Congregationalist minister, and his first wife Elizabeth née Tozer (1777-1806) who died shortly after his birth. ...

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Augustus Montague Toplady (1740–1778) by John Raphael Smith, pubd 1777 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Woodward, George Ratcliffe (1848–1934), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born at 26 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Cheshire, on 27 December 1848, the eldest son of George Ratcliffe Woodward (1811–1888), corn merchant, and his wife, Anne Deville, née Owen. He was educated in ...