April 20, 1805, Dartmouth, Devonshire, England.

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

West Norwood Cemetery, London, England.

Son of William Giles and Elizabeth Pike, Giles 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. His prose works include:

  1. Thou Hast Said, Exalted Jesus