Born: February 29, 1692, Old Shambles, Manchester, England.
Died: September 26, 1763, Manchester, England.
Buried: Jesus Chapel, Manchester Cathedral, England.
Byrom was the son of a linen draper in Manchester.
Byrom attended King’s School, Chester, then went on to Cambridge, where he graduated MA and became a Fellow of Trinity College.
But, declining to take Holy Orders, he resigned and soon after married his cousin, Elizabeth Byrom, against the wishes of both families. He earned a living by teaching shorthand, for which he invented his own system.
In 1723, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. The next year, his brother died, and John inherited the family estates and returned to Manchester. He frequently visited Cheetham’s Hospital in Manchester, and wrote many hymns for the boys there.