February 12, 1818, Pulverbatch, Shropshire, England.
June 8, 1885, Hopton, Suffolk, England.
Hoxne, Suffolk, England.
Downton was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1840, MA 1843).
Taking Holy Orders in 1843, he became Curate of Bembridge, Isle of Wight (1843), and of Holy Trinity, Cambridge (1847). In 1849, he became the incumbent at St. John’s in Chatham. He went to Geneva, Switzerland, as English Chaplain in 1847, and was appointed Rector of Hopton in 1873. He was also for some time Domestic Chaplain to Lord Monson.
Downtown’s hymns were mainly contributed to the Church of England magazine, Arthur Russell’s Psalms and Hymns (1851), Barry’s Psalms and Hymns (1862), and the Sunday Magazine.
In 1873, he collected these and published them as Hymns and Verses. His translations from the French of Alexandre Vinet are also in the volume.
His other works include:
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