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Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer  

Alexander Gordon

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer, the second son of William Anstice (1769/70–1850) and his wife, Penelope Polly Isbell (bap. 1772, d. 1857), daughter of John Poole of Over Stowey, Somerset, was born on 21 December 1808 at ...

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Baker, Sir Henry Williams, third baronet (1821–1877), hymn writer  

Susan Drain

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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Blew, William John (1808–1894), liturgical scholar and hymn writer  

A. F. Pollard

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Blew, William John (1808–1894), liturgical scholar and hymn writer, was born in the parish of St James's, Westminster, on 13 April 1808, the only son of William Blew (bap. 1773, d. 1845), who was in business as a perfumer in Cockspur Street, Charing Cross...

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Burnham, Richard (bap. 1749, d. 1810), Particular Baptist minister and hymnodist  

J. H. Thorpe

revised by Ken R. Manley

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  

S. L. Ollard

revised by Leon Litvack

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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Crewdson [née Fox], Jane (1808–1863), poet and hymn writer  

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  

Gordon Giles

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  

Charlotte Mitchell

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  

Alan Luff

revised by Leon Litvack

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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Griffiths [née Thomas], Ann (bap. 1776, d. 1805), hymn writer in Welsh  

D. Ben Rees

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  

N. D. F. Pearce

revised by Sarah Brolly

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  

G. C. Boase

revised by Leon Litvack

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)  

Maker: Elliott and Fry

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

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Havergal, Frances Ridley [pseuds. Sabrina, Zoide] (1836–1879), poet and hymn writer  

Ronald Bayne

revised by Rosemary Scott

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  

Rivkah Zim

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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Kelly, Thomas (1769–1855), hymn writer and founder of the Kellyites  

Grayson Carter

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...

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Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847), hymn writer  

Leon Litvack

Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847), hymn writer, was born on 1 June 1793 at The Cottage, Ednam, near Kelso, Roxburghshire, the second son of Captain Thomas Lyte (d. 1850) and Anna Maria Oliver, and a descendant of the botanist Henry Lyte and the genealogist ...

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Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847)  

Maker: George Henry Phillips

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Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847) by George Henry Phillips (after John King, c. 1831) © Copyright The British Museum

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Monk, William Henry (1823–1889), organist and hymnist  

Judith Blezzard

Monk, William Henry (1823–1889), organist and hymnist, the son of William and Anna Coleman Monk, was born at Brompton, London, on 16 March 1823. He studied music under Thomas Adams, J. A. Hamilton, and G. A. Griesbach, and became church organist and choirmaster at, successively, ...

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Monk, William Henry (1823–1889)  

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William Henry Monk (1823–1889) by W. & A. H. Fry, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London