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Bacon, Thomas (1700?–1768), Church of England clergyman and musician, was probably born either in the Isle of Man or Cumberland. He had at least one brother. He is known to have been in charge of a coal depot in Dublin in 1737, the year in which he published ...

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Chelle, William (fl. 1524–1559), Church of England clergyman and musician, was born probably in the diocese of Worcester; he may be the William Chell who, a secular, was ordained acolyte on 21 May 1513 and subdeacon on 7 March 1516. Now a priest, he supplicated for the degree of BMus at ...

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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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Creighton [Creyghton], Robert (1636/7–1734), Church of England clergyman and composer, was the son of Robert Creighton (or Creyghton) (1593–1672) and his wife, Frances Walrond (1615–1683). The elder Creighton was professor of Greek at Cambridge from 1625 to 1639; after exile with the court of ...

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Dykes, John Bacchus (1823–1876), composer and Church of England clergyman, was born on 10 March 1823 at Kingston upon Hull, the son of William Hey Dykes, banker, of Hull, and grandson of the Revd Thomas Dykes, incumbent of St John's Church, Hull. His appreciation of music was evident from an early age: when ten years old he played the organ in his grandfather's church. Shortly after 1840 his father moved to ...

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Finch, Edward (bap. 1663, d. 1738), Church of England clergyman and musician, was baptized on 20 April 1663 at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, the fifth surviving son among the fourteen children of Heneage Finch, first earl of Nottingham (1621–1682), lord chancellor, and his wife, ...

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Flintoft, Luke (c. 1680–1727), clergyman and composer, was a native of Yorkshire. He was admitted a sizar at Queens' College, Cambridge, on 6 July 1697 and took his BA in 1700. He was appointed a chorister at Trinity College in May 1698, chaplain 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 'determined' in 1545). After ...

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Johnson, Robert (d. after 1549), priest and composer, was born in Duns, Berwickshire. According to an annotation in the partbooks that Thomas Wode, vicar of St Andrews, copied (c.1562–92), Johnson fled to England after being ‘deletit’, that is, delated, or summoned before an ecclesiastical court, on charges of heresy. During the reign of ...

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Mudd, Thomas (b. 1559/60, d. in or after 1619), Church of England clergyman and composer, was probably born in London. His father, Henry Mudd, served as organist (1573, 1577) and vicar-choral (July 1574) of St Paul's Cathedral, and until his death (about 1588) as parish clerk at ...

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Mudge, Richard (bap. 1718, d. 1763), composer and Church of England clergyman, was baptized at Bideford, Devon, on 26 December 1718, the third of the four sons (there was also a daughter) of Zachariah Mudge (1694–1769), headmaster and clergyman, and his wife, Mary Fox (...

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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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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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Vincent Perronet (1693–1785) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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 ...

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