Timothy Dudley-Smith, OBE (born 26 December 1926) is an English hymnwriter and clergyman of the Church of England. Born in Manchester, England, he was educated at Tonbridge School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was ordained a deacon in 1950 and a priest in 1951. He served as Archdeacon of Norwich 1973-81 and Bishop of Thetford 1981-91. He also served as President of the Evangelical Alliance.
William Clayton (July 17, 1814 – December 4, 1879) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and acted as a clerk and scribe to the Mormon religious leader Joseph Smith, Jr. Clayton, born in England, is recognized as an American pioneer journalist, scribe, inventor, lyricist and musician. Clayton was born in Penwortham, Lancashire, England, the son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. He was the eldest of fourteen children. He married Ruth Moon on October 9, 1836.
Jan Struther was the pen name of Joyce Anstruther, later Joyce Maxtone Graham and finally Joyce Placzek (June 6, 1901 – July 20, 1953), an English writer remembered for her character Mrs. Miniver and a number of hymns, such as "Lord of All Hopefulness". She was the daughter of Henry Torrens Anstruther and spent her childhood in Whitchurch in Buckinghamshire, England. In 1923 she married Anthony Maxtone Graham, a broker at Lloyd's, by whom she had three children.
This article is for the hymn writer. For the fictional character, see Anne Steele (Buffyverse). Anne Steele, English hymn writer, was born at Broughton, Hampshire. The drowning of her betrothed, a Mr. Elscourt, a few hours before the time fixed for her marriage deeply affected an otherwise quiet life, and her hymns rather emphasize the less optimistic phases of Christian experience.
William Chatterton Dix (June 14, 1837 – September 9, 1898) was an English writer of many hymns and carols. He was born in Bristol, England, the son of John Dix, a surgeon and writer. His father gave him his middle name in honour of Thomas Chatterton, a poet about whom he had written a biography. Dix spent most of his life as manager of a Maritime Insurance Company in Glasgow. At the age of 29 he was struck with a near fatal illness and consequently suffered months confined to his bed.
John Bacchus Dykes was an English clergyman and hymnist. He was born in Hull, England, the fifth child and third son of William Hey Dykes and his wife, Elizabeth Dykes (née Huntington), and a younger brother of the poet and hymnist, Eliza Alderson. By the age of 10, he was the assistant organist at St. John's Church, Hull, where his grandfather, Rev. Thomas Dykes, was vicar. He was taught the violin and the piano. He studied at Wakefield and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, earning a B.A.
William Tans'ur (or Tansur or Tanzer) (1700 – January 7, 1783) was an English hymn-writer, psalmodist and teacher of music. His output includes approximately a hundred hymn tunes and psalm settings and a Te Deum. His manual A New Musical Grammar (1746) was still popular in the nineteenth century.
Ambrose Serle (1742–1812) was an English civil servant, diarist and writer of Christian prose and hymns. His The American Journal of Ambrose Serle, Secretary to Lord Howe 1776-1778 is a primary source in the history of the American Revolution. The Lord Howe concerned was Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe. Ambrose Serle was the private secretary to the British general William Howe.
Edward Perronet (1726 – January 2, 1792) was the son of an Anglican priest, who worked closely with John and Charles Wesley for many years in England's eighteenth century revival. He is perhaps most famous for penning the lyrics to the well known hymn, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name".
Bernadette Farrell (born 1957) is a British Catholic hymnwriter whose works have gained popularity among Christians of a variety of denominations. She has composed hymns alone and with her husband Owen Alstott.
Michael Saward is an Anglican priest and hymnist. Saward was born in Blackheath in south-east London, UK on 14 May 1932, grew up in Petts Wood, was educated at Eltham College, and became a practising Christian in 1946. For his National Service, he served as a subaltern in the Royal West African Frontier Force in Accra, Ghana. He read Theology at Bristol University and was ordained priest at Canterbury Cathedral. He served as curate in Croydon and Edgware - two London suburbs.
Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (22 February 1805 – 14 August 1848) was an English poet. She was born at High Street, Old Harlow, Essex, younger daughter of Benjamin Flower, editor and the sister of composer Eliza Flower. Her longest work is Vivia Perpetua, A Dramatic Poem (1841), having as its subject the life of the early Christians. Mrs. Adams was the author of several hymns, among which are "Nearer, my God, to Thee" and "He sendeth sun, He sendeth shower. " She was a Unitarian.
Edward Caswall was an Anglican clergyman and hymn writer who converted to Roman Catholicism. He was born at Yateley (35 m. w.s.w. of London), Hampshire, July 15, 1814 son of Rev. R. C. Caswall, sometime Vicar of Yately, Hampshire. He died at the Oratory, Edgbaston, near Birmingham, January 2, 1878 and was buried at Rednal, near Bromsgrove. Caswall studied at Brasenose College, Oxford (B.A. , 1836; M.A. , 1838). He graduated in 1836 with honors.
Robert Robinson was a dissenting minister known for authoring Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing which he wrote at age 22 after becoming a Methodist minister. His controversial sermons led him into frequent troubles with his congregations and commercial interests. He held pastorates at Congleton, Dukinfield and Failsworth.
William H. Bathurst (August 28, 1796 – November 25, 1877) was an Anglican clergyman and hymnist. William Hiley Bathurst was the son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge. He was born at Clevadale, near Bristol, August 28, 1796. His mother was Charlotte Addington and his maternal grandmother's was Hiley, thus his middle name. He married Mary Anne Rhodes, in 1828 and had 4 children. Bathurst was educated at Winchester at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating as B. A. in 1818.
John Rippon (1751-1836) was an English Baptist minister and in 1787 published an important hymnal, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Intended to Be an Appendix to Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, commonly known as Rippon's Selection, which was very successful, and was reprinted 27 times in over 200,000 copies. Many hymns originally published in Rippon's Selection are preserved in the Sacred Harp. At the age of 17, Rippon attended Briston Baptist College in Bristol, England.
Samuel Crossman (1623 – 4 February 1683) was a minister of the Church of England and a hymnwriter. He was born at Bradfield Monachorum, Suffolk, England. Crossman earned a Bachelor of Divinity at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, and was Prebendary of Bristol. After graduation, he ministered to both an Anglican congregation at All Saints, Sudbury, and to a Puritan congregation simultaneously.
John Cennick (12 December 1718 – 4 July 1755) was an early Methodist and Moravian evangelist and hymnwriter. He was born in Reading, Berkshire, England to an Anglican family and raised in the Church of England. At age nine, he heard his dying aunt proclaim "Last night the Lord stood by me and invited me to drink of the fountain of life freely and I shall stand before the Lord as bold as a lion.
William Hammond (January 6, 1719 – August 19, 1783) was an English hymnist. He was born in Battle, Sussex, England. He was educated at Saint John's College, Cambridge. In 1743 he joined the Calvinistic Methodists, and in 1745 joined the Moravian Brethren. His works include an autobiography in Greek, which has not been published. His original hymns, together with his translations of older Latin hymns, were published in his Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.
Benjamin Beddome (January 23, 1717 – September 23, 1795) was an English Baptist minister and hymnist. He was born in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England. He was the son of Baptist minister John Beddome. Benjamin was initially apprenticed to a surgeon in Bristol, but in 1739 joined the Baptist church in Prescott Street, and at the call of his church devoted himself to the work of Christian ministry.