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Born: 1743, Ire­land.

Died: 1803, prob­ab­ly in Shrews­bu­ry, Shrop­shire, En­gland.


De Cour­cy was edu­cat­ed at Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Du­blin. Hav­ing re­ceived Dea­con’s Or­ders, he be­came cur­ate to Wal­ter Shir­ley in 1767.

How­ev­er, his the­o­lo­gy be­ing ob­nox­ious to Dr. Smythe, Arch­bish­op of Dub­lin, he was re­fused Priest’s Or­ders and pre­vent­ed from preach­ing.

These cir­cum­stanc­es led to his be­ing in­vit­ed by La­dy Hunt­ing­don to Eng­land, and his join­ing her band of preach­ers. Af­ter some time, through Lady Hunt­ing­don’s in­flu­ence, he re­ceived Priest’s Or­ders from the Bi­shop of Lich­field.

In 1770 he be­came cur­ate of Shaw­bu­ry, Shrop­shire, and in 1774 vi­car of St. Alk­mond’s, Shrews­bu­ry (where he stayed the rest his life).

His the­o­lo­gic­al views, work, and oth­er mat­ters con­cern­ing him, are dwelt up­on in some de­tail in the Life and Times of the Count­ess of Hunt­ing­don, 1839.




The hymns in De Cour­cy’s Col­lec­tion were all pub­lished anon­y­mous­ly. Some have been traced to ear­li­er hymn books. Oth­ers in­clude:

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