Born: Au­gust 7, 1831, Bom­bay (now Mum­bai), In­dia.

Died: March 22, 1903, Can­ter­bu­ry, Kent, Eng­land.

Buried: Can­ter­bu­ry Ca­thed­ral.


Frederic was the son of a mis­sion­a­ry to In­dia who lat­er be­came rec­tor at Sid­cup, Kent, Eng­land.

Frederic at­tend­ed King Will­iam’s Col­lege on the Isle of Man, and King’s Col­lege, Lon­don. In 1852, he won a schol­ar­ship to the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Lon­don, where he earned his ba­che­lor’s degree. He then went to Tri­ni­ty Col­lege at Cam­bridge, where he took a num­ber of hon­ors, in­clud­ing the Chan­cel­lor’s Prize in Eng­lish verse.

In 1854, he gra­du­at­ed with first class clas­sic­al hon­ors and took Ho­ly Or­ders. For a while he served as as­sist­ant mas­ter at Har­row School., then in 1869, he was ap­point­ed chap­lain to Queen Vic­tor­ia.

From 1871–76, he was head­mas­ter of Marl­bo­rough Col­lege. He lat­er served as a canon of West­min­ster Ab­bey; rec­tor of St. Mar­ga­ret’s, West­min­ster; arch­dea­con of West­min­ster; and dean of Can­ter­bu­ry.

Farrar achieved a high re­pu­ta­tion as a writ­er and preach­er. He wrote vol­umes of po­pu­lar fic­tion, and sev­er­al im­port­ant works in phi­lo­lo­gy and the­o­lo­gy.

His works in­clude:

  1. Father, Be­fore Thy Throne of Light
  2. God and Fa­ther, Great and Ho­ly
  3. In the Fields with Their Flocks Abid­ing
  4. In Beth­le­hem’s Man­ger Bed
  5. Most High, Be­fore Thy Throne Above
  6. Onward, Ev­er On­ward