1805–1875

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Born: Ap­ril 20, 1805, Dart­mouth, De­von­shire, Eng­land.

Died: June 24, 1875, Clap­ham Com­mon, Wands­worth, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: West Nor­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Biography

John was the son of Will­iam Giles and Eliz­a­beth Pike. He mar­ried three times—to Ann Led­yard Ev­ill, Ann Leese and Ell­en Bar­nett.

Giles trained for the min­is­try at the Bap­tist Col­lege in Bris­tol.

Af­ter pre­sid­ing for a short time at Ha­ver­ford­west, he be­came in 1830 pas­tor of the church in Sal­ter’s Hall, Lon­don. Leav­ing there in 1836, he served in Leeds; Bris­tol; Shef­field; Rath­mines, Ire­land; and Clap­ham Com­mon, Lon­don.

In 1834, at the re­quest of the Bap­tist Mis­sion­a­ry Com­mit­tee, he wrote a hymn to cel­e­brate the eman­ci­pa­tion of slaves, and con­trib­ute­d two oth­er hymns to their 1842 Ju­bi­lee Col­lect­ion.

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