Born: January 28, 1834, Exeter, England.
Died: January 2, 1924, Lew Trenchard, Tavistock, Devonshire, England.
Buried: 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.