November 23, 1805, Manchester, England.

November 13, 1866, St. Pancras, London, England.

Highgate Cemetery, London, England.


Son of Wesleyan minister Jabez Bunting, William was educated at the Wesleyan schools at Woodhouse Grove School, Bradford, Yorkshire, and Kingswood, and at St. Saviour’s Grammar School in Southwark. In 1842, he entered the Wesleyan ministry, and continued in active circuit work for 25 years. Failing health compelled his retirement to the Supernumerary list, and he took up residence in London. His works include:

  1. Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
  2. Blest Spirit! from the Eternal Sire
  3. Dear Is the Day Which God Hath Made
  4. Father, Our Child We Place
  5. Holy Spirit, Pity Me
  6. O Blessed, Blessed Sounds of Grace
  7. O Crucified, Triumphant Lord
  8. O God! How Often Hath Thine Ear
  9. Thou Doest All Things Well
  10. We Love to Call Creation Thine