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Alline, Henry (1748–1784), evangelist and hymn writer, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on 14 June 1748, the second son of William Alline and Rebecca Clark. His father, who was probably a miller, responded to the announcements of free land in Nova Scotia...

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Alexander Gordon

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Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer, the second son of William Anstice and his wife, Penelope, daughter of John Poole of Over Stowey, Somerset, was born on 21 December 1808 at Madeley, Shropshire, where the Anstice family had extensive iron-founding interests. He received his early education from his uncle, ...

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Sir John Stanhope Arkwright (1872–1954) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1902 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arkwright, Sir John Stanhope (1872–1954), politician and hymn writer, was born at 11 Lowndes Street, London, on 10 July 1872, the only son (there were three daughters) of John Hungerford Arkwright (1833–1905), landowner and lord lieutenant of Herefordshire, of Hampton Court, Leominster, Herefordshire...

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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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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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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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Barcroft, George (d. 1610), Church of England clergyman and musician, is of unknown parentage. From 1565 to 1571 he was a chorister of Winchester Cathedral. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 12 December 1574, and graduated BA in 1578; during 1575–7 he was also a singing-man of the chapel choir. In 1578–9, despite his youth, he was admitted organist and master of the choristers of ...

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A. B. Grosart

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Barton, William (1597/8–1678), translator and hymnologist, matriculated as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Lent 1619; he graduated BA in 1622 and proceeded MA in 1625. He was ordained priest on 21 September 1623. He is probably to be identified with the ...

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Beddome, Benjamin (1717–1795), Particular Baptist minister and hymn writer, the son of John Beddome (d. 1757), Baptist minister, and Rachel Brandon, was born at Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, on 23 January 1717. He was baptized in 1739 at the Baptist church at ...

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Bisse, Thomas (1675–1731), Church of England clergyman and founder of the Three Choirs festival, was baptized on 6 April 1675 at Oldbury on the Hill, Gloucestershire, one of two sons of John Bisse (c.1638–1686), rector of that parish, and his wife, ...

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A. F. Pollard

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Blew, William John (1808–1894), liturgical scholar and hymn writer, the only son of William Blew of St James's, Westminster, was born in that parish on 13 April 1808, and educated with John Henry Newman at St Nicholas's School, Ealing, and at Oxford, where he matriculated from ...

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Bonar, Horatius (1808–1889), Free Church of Scotland minister and hymn writer, was born at Edinburgh on 19 December 1808. He was the sixth son of James Bonar, the second solicitor of excise at Edinburgh, and his wife, Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), the daughter of ...

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Horatius Bonar (1808–1889) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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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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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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Clifford, James (bap. 1622, d. 1698), Church of England clergyman and musician, son of Edward Clifford, a cook, was born at Oxford, in the parish of St Mary Magdalen, where he was baptized on 2 May 1622. He had three brothers and two sisters. He was a chorister at ...

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Clunie, John (c. 1757–1819), Church of Scotland minister and songwriter, was educated for the Church of Scotland and licensed by the presbytery of Edinburgh on 29 December 1784. He then became schoolmaster at Markinch, Fife, where possessing a fine voice and some musical skill he acted as precentor in the parish church. In 1790 he was presented by the ...

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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 ...