Born: Feb­ru­ary 10, 1819, Bris­tol Road, Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land.

Died: March 4, 1906, Grove Park, Lewis­ham, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Gill’s par­ents be­longed to Eng­lish Pres­by­ter­ian fa­mi­lies which had be­come Uni­ta­ri­an in their doc­trine.

He was edu­cat­ed at King Ed­ward VI Gram­mar School un­der Dr. Jeune (later Bi­shop of Pe­ter­bo­rough).

He left the school in 1838, and would have gone to Ox­ford, but was pre­vent­ed by his he­re­di­ta­ry Uni­ta­ri­an­ism (long since giv­en up), which for­bade sub­scrip­tion to the Ar­ti­cles of the Church of Eng­land then re­quired for en­trance to the Uni­ver­si­ty.

This con­strained him to lead the life of an iso­lat­ed stu­dent, in which he gave him­self chief­ly to his­tor­ic­al and theo­lo­gic­al sub­jects. He wrote over 200 hymns to­tal.



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