Mrs. Charles Barnard

December 23, 1830, London, England.

January 30, 1869, Dover, England, of typhoid fever.

St. John-at-Hampstead churchyard, Hampstead, England.


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by Claribel
1860 Edition

Charlotte was the daughter of solicitor Hen­ry Al­ing­ton Pye & Char­lotte Yer­burgh.

She became one of the most successful and prolific ballad composers of the 19th Century. After attending a Vocal and Miscellaneous Entertainment at the Mansion House in Louth in 1838, she declared that she would become a poet and writer. And, a little over a year later when her father, the Warden of Louth, Lin­coln­shire, carried out the old custom of distributing cloth to poor women, Charlotte wrote a 20-verse poem to commemorate the occasion. By 1847, she was well enough known that when the new railway station was built at Louth, she was asked to lay the cornerstone.

Charlotte married Charles Bar­nard in 1854, and they lived at the Firs in West­gate, though Charles was parson of St. Ola­ve’s in Ruck­land. Following Charlotte’s presentation at court in 1856, the couple moved to Pim­li­co in Lon­don. Among their neighbors was Mi­chael Costa, conductor at Co­vent Garden, where Char­lotte often attended.

Charlotte’s first published song was a musical setting of The Brook, by Ten­ny­son. Her other popular secular works include The Blue Al­sa­tian Mountains.

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