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January 28, 1834, Exeter, England.

January 2, 1924, Lew Trenchard, Tavistock, Devonshire, England.

In the churchyard across the road from his home at Lew Trenchard.


Baring-Gould had one of the most brilliant, eclectic minds of Vic­tor­ian Eng­land. Born into the landed gentry, he attended schools in Ger­ma­ny and France, then went to Clare Col­lege at Cam­bridge. He learned six languages, entered the ministry at age 30, and pastored in York­shire, Es­sex, and De­von­shire.

He also found time to write over 100 books, including 30 novels and a mammoth 16-volume Lives of the Saints. His works cover a huge range of topics: theology, folklore, social commentary, travel & history. One account of his life states, At one point there were more books listed under his name in the Bri­tish Mu­se­um Library than under that of any other English writer. But he was not just an author: He was an archaeologist, architect, artist, teacher & collector of Eng­lish folk songs. His family estate at Lew Tren­chard, near Dart­moor in De­von­shire, is now a hotel.

  1. Daily, Daily, Sing the Praises
  2. Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus
  3. Now the Day Is Over
  4. On the Resurrection Morning
  5. Onward, Christian Soldiers
  6. Sleep, My Savior, Sleep
  7. Star, a Star Is Burning, A
  8. Winds Were Wailing, The
  1. Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, The
  2. Gentle Savior, Day and Night
  3. Three Kings’ Song
  4. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
  1. Eudoxia