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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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Corrigan, Kathleen [name in religion Felicitas Corrigan] (1908–2003), nun, writer, and church musician, was born on 6 March 1908 at 16 Gurnall Street, Everton, Liverpool, the second of eight surviving children of Joseph Corrigan, a 'private coachman' or taxi driver of Irish extraction, and his wife, ...

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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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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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T. W. Bayne

revised by Douglas Brown

Dougall, Neil (1776–1862), poet and hymn writer, was born on 9 December 1776 at Greenock, the son of Neil Dougald and his wife, Jean Moir. His father was a joiner and sailor, who was pressed into the naval service and died in Ceylon...

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Fethy [Futhie], John (d. 1568x70), musician and Roman Catholic priest, was the author of two notable lyrics (nos. 288 and 309) in the Bannatyne collection (1568)—for no. 309 at least there is evidence that he also composed music—and of words and music for ...

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Sabine Baring- Gould (1834–1924) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gould, Sabine Baring- (1834–1924), Church of England clergyman, author, and folksong collector, born at Dix's Field, Exeter, on 28 January 1834, was the eldest of the three sons and a daughter of Edward Baring-Gould, a captain in the armed forces of the East India Company...

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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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Frances Havergal (1836–1879), by Elliot & Fry, c. 1875

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Charles Jennens (1700/0101–1773) by Thomas Hudson, 1747 private collection

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Jennens, Charles (1700/01–1773), patron of the arts and librettist, was born probably at Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire, the son of Charles Jennens (bap. 1662, d. 1747), gentleman and JP, son of the Birmingham ironmaster Humphrey Jennens, and his second wife, Elizabeth Burdett (1667–1707/8)...

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Malcom [Malcolm], Andrew George (1782–1823), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and hymn writer, was born at Hill Hall House, co. Down, on 15 September 1782. He was the second son of James Malcolm (d. 3 Oct 1805), who was ordained minister of ...

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James Montgomery (1771–1854) by Charles Turner, pubd 1819 (after John Raphael Smith) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montgomery, James (1771–1854), hymn writer and poet, was born on 4 November 1771 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the second of the four children of John Montgomery (1734–1791), and his wife, Mary, née Blackley (d. 1790). His family, originally from Scotland, had been settled for several generations in ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Moore, Henry (1732–1802), Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, son of Henry Moore (d. 1762), minister of Treville Street Presbyterian congregation, Plymouth, was born at Plymouth on 30 March 1732; his mother was the daughter of William Bellew of Stockleigh Court, Devon. He received his rudimentary education from his father, after which he attended the grammar school in ...

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W. B. Lowther

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Peters [née Bowly], Mary (1813–1856), hymn writer, was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 17 April 1813, the daughter of Richard Bowly and his wife, Mary. According to the Dictionary of National Biography and John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, while very young she married ...

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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...