Au­gust 7, 1831, Bombay (Mumbai), India.

March 22, 1903, Canterbury, Kent, Eng­land.

Canterbury Ca­thed­ral.


Farrar’s father, a missionary to India, later became Rector at Sidcup, Kent, Eng­land. Farrar 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. In 1869, he was appointed a Chaplain to Queen Victoria, From 1871–76, he was headmaster of Marlborough College. He then went on to become 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 some 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