Countess of Huntingdon

August 24, 1707, Astwell House, Nottinghamshire, England.

June 17, 1791, London, England.

St. Helen’s Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicester, England.


The Countess’ title came from her 1728 marriage to Theophilus Hastings, Ninth Earl of Huntingdon.

At an early age, Selina received serious religious impressions, which remained with her all her life. She was a member of the first Methodist Society, in Fetter Lane, London, and the first Methodist Conference was held at her house in 1744. Her sympathies, however, were with the Calvinism of George Whitefield, and when the breach occurred between Whitefield and the Wesleys, she chose Whitefield.

She spent her money freely building chapels, founding Trevecca College, South Wales (now Cheshunt), and supporting her preachers. For use in her chapels she compiled A Select Collection of Hymns. There are also a few hymns attributed to her own hand.

  1. Fading, Still Facing
  2. When Thou, My Righteous Judge Shall Come