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Fleury, Maria de (fl. 1773–1791), religious controversialist and hymn writer, was based in Cripplegate, London, but little is known of her family and background, other than that she had a brother who married about 1773. An active member of a circle of moderate Calvinist Baptists and other dissenters, she published several pieces on the theological and political controversies of the day. She was a Baptist but the Independent minister ...

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Saffery, Maria Grace (bap. 1772?, d. 1858), hymn writer and poet, was probably the child baptized on 30 November 1772 at Greenham, near Newbury, Berkshire, the daughter of James Andrews and his wife, Mary, according to the IGI; however, the Dictionary of National Biography...

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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 ...

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Swain, Joseph (1761–1796), Baptist minister and hymn writer, was born in Birmingham. Early left an orphan, he was apprenticed to an engraver of that town at a young age. He served the latter part of his apprenticeship in London with his brother. In 1782 he came under conviction of sin, and on 11 May 1783 he was baptized by ...

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Turner, Daniel (1710–1798), hymn writer, was born at Blackwater Farm, near St Albans, on 1 March 1710. He was educated for the ministry by Philip James of Hemel Hempstead and then kept a boarding-school in that town, but at the same time made a reputation as an occasional preacher in Baptist chapels. In 1741 he was called to be pastor of the Baptist church in ...

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William, Dafydd (c. 1720–1794), Welsh-language hymn writer, was born in the parish of Llanedi, Carmarthenshire. He moved during his early years to Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, Glamorgan, going on in 1774 to Basaleg, Monmouthshire, and finally in 1777 to Llanbedr-y-fro (Peterston-super-Ely) in the Vale of Glamorgan...