© National Portrait Gallery

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 served pas­tor­ates 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