Au­gust 15, 1802, Ser­jeants’ Inn, Fleet Street, Lon­don, Eng­land.

March 8, 1862, St. Mar­y­le­bone, Lon­don, En­gland.

John was the eld­est son of Sir John Gur­ney, Bar­on of the Ex­cheq­uer.

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Cam­bridge (AB 1824, AM 1828).

On tak­ing Ho­ly Or­ders, he be­came Cur­ate of Lut­ter­worth, Lei­ces­ter­shire (1824–44); and sub­se­quent­ly Rec­tor of St. Ma­ry’s, Ma­ry­le­bone; and Pre­bend­a­ry of St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral.

He was an ac­tive sup­port­er of the So­ci­e­ty for Pro­mot­ing Chris­tian Know­ledge and oth­er re­li­gious so­ci­e­ties. His works in­clude:

  1. Earth to Earth, and Dust to Dust
  2. Fair Waved the Gold­en Corn
  3. Great King of Na­tions, Hear Our Pray­er
  4. Lord, as to Thy Dear Cross We Flee
  5. Savior, What Wealth Was Thine
  6. Soon to the Dust We Speed
  7. Thou God of Mer­cy and of Might
  8. Thou Plen­te­ous Source of Light and Love
  9. Thou Who of Old Didst Raise
  10. Through Cen­tur­ies of Sin and Woe
  11. We Praise Thee, Ev­er­last­ing God
  12. We Saw Thee Not When Thou Didst Come
  13. Yes, God Is Good