Born: Circa 1510, Paris, France.
Died: August 25, 1572, Paris, France, in the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre (McCutchan, p. 24).
Bourgeois followed John Calvin to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1541. He became a cantor at the Church of St. Pierre, and edited the Genevan Psalter.
At one point, he was jailed for modifying some well known tunes. Fortunately, hymnists do not face such strict penalties today.
Bourgeois reportedly left Geneva in 1557.