1793–1870
portrait

Jan­u­ary 18, 1793, High Wy­combe, Buck­ing­ham­shire, Eng­land.

April 19, 1870, Leam­ing­ton, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Priory Church of St. Pe­ter, Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

William was the fath­er of hymn­ist Fran­ces Hav­er­gal. He mar­ried twice, to Jane Head (1816) and Car­o­line Ann Cooke (1851).

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Mer­chant Tay­lors School, North­wood, Hert­ford­shire, and St. Ed­mund Hall, Ox­ford (BA 1815, MA 1819).

He was or­dained a dea­con in 1816, and priest in 1817. He held three rec­tor­ships: Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire (1829); St. Ni­cho­las, Wor­ces­ter (1842); and Shares­hill, near Wol­ver­hamp­ton (1860).

The ep­i­taph on Ha­ver­gal’s white mar­ble tomb:

The Rev. William Henry Havergal, M.S.,
Vicar of Shareshill and Hon. Canon of Worcester Cathedral.
Died at Leamington, 19th April 1870, aged 77.
Curate 7, and Rector 13 years, of this parish, 1822 to 1843.
A faithful minister in the Lord (Eph. Vi. 21).

Memorial tab­lets to him were placed in Wor­ces­ter Ca­thed­ral, St. Ni­cho­las and Shares­hill churches.

  1. All Hail, Thou Re­sur­rec­tion!
  2. Blessed Jesus, Lord and Broth­er
  3. Brighter Than Me­rid­i­an Splen­dor
  4. Christians, Awake to Joy and Praise
  5. Come, Sheph­erds, Come, ’Tis Just a Year
  6. Forever and For­ev­er, Lord
  7. Hallelujah! Lord, Our Voic­es
  8. Heralds of the Lord of Glo­ry
  9. Hosanna! Raise the Peal­ing Hymn
  10. How Vast the Field of Souls
  11. In Doubt and Dread Dis­may
  12. Lord, if Jud­gments Now Are Wak­ing
  13. Jerusalem the Gold­en, the Home of Saints Shall Be
  14. My Times Are in Thy Hand
  15. No Dawn of Ho­ly Light
  16. Our Faith­ful God Hath Sent Us
  17. Remember, Lord, Thy Word of Old Dis­played
  18. Shout, O Earth! from Si­lence Wak­ing
  19. So Hap­py All the Day
  20. Soon the Trum­pet of Sal­va­tion
  21. To Praise Our Shep­herd’s Care
  22. Widely, Midst the Slum­ber­ing Na­tions
  23. Worcester Chris­tmas Car­ol, The
  1. Baca
  2. Bavaria
  3. Dusseldorf
  4. Eden
  5. Evan
  6. Gennesaret
  7. Old Sax­ony
  8. Patmos
  9. Ratisbon
  10. Samos
  11. St. John (Par­ish)
  12. Stobel
  13. Swabia
  14. Zoan