1800–1882
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No­vem­ber 18, 1800, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Ap­ril 29, 1882, Bourne­mouth, Dor­set, Eng­land.

Wim­borne Road Ce­me­te­ry, Bourne­mouth, Dor­set, Eng­land.

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Darby got his mid­dle name from fa­mi­ly friend Lord Nel­son (Dar­by’s uncle, Hen­ry Dar­by, com­mand­ed the Bell­e­ro­phon in the Bat­tle of the Nile un­der Ad­mi­ral Nel­son).

Darby at­tend­ed Tri­ni­ty Col­lege in Dub­lin, Ire­land, gra­du­at­ing at age 19 as a Class­ics Me­dal­ist.

Trained for a ca­reer in law, Dar­by aban­doned his prac­tice af­ter on­ly a year. Af­ter a per­i­od of spir­it­u­al search­ing, he was or­dained an Ang­li­can dea­con in 1825.

In 1826, he be­came a priest, as­signed to Coun­ty Wick­low, Ire­land. Af­ter a cou­ple of years serv­ing this rur­al dis­trict, Dar­by be­came dis­sa­tis­fied with the Church of Eng­land. Meet­ings with like mind­ed Ang­li­cans led to the for­ma­tion of the pray­er and Bi­ble stu­dy group which would come to be known as the Ply­mouth Breth­ren (from their meet­ings in Ply­mouth, Eng­land).

As the re­form move­ment grew, Dar­by found him­self tra­vel­ing far and wide to preach its be­lief in the apos­ta­sy of the or­ga­nized church and the in­fal­li­bil­i­ty of Scrip­ture: He made trips to Ger­ma­ny, France, Switz­er­land, It­a­ly, Hol­land, Am­er­i­ca, Ca­na­da, the West In­dies and New Zea­land.

Dar­by wrote some 53 vol­umes in his life­time. Today’s Fun­da­ment­al­ist church­es owe much to his doc­trines.

  1. And Is It So
  2. And Shall We See Thy Face?
  3. Father, in Thine Eter­nal Power
  4. Father! Thy Sov­er­eign Love Has Sought
  5. Hark! Ten Thou­sand Voices Cry­ing
  6. It Is Not with Un­cer­tain Step
  7. Jesus, at Whose Su­preme Com­mand
  8. My God, Thy Name Is Love
  9. O Ev­er Home­less Strang­er!
  10. O Eyes That Are Wea­ry
  11. O Lord, Thy Love’s Un­bound­ed
  12. Oh, Bright and Bless­èd Scenes
  13. Our God Whom We Have Known
  14. Rest of the Saints Above
  15. Rise, My Soul, Thy God Di­rects Thee
  16. Sing With­out Ceas­ing
  17. This World Is a Wild­er­ness Wide
  18. Though Faint, Yet Pur­su­ing, We Go on Our Way
  19. We’ll Praise Thee, Glo­ri­ous Lord