1809-1878

November 23, 1809, Madras, India (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu).

October 26, 1878, South Kensington, London, England.

Friern Barnet, London, England.

Herbert was the second son of Roger Kynaston, by his marriage to Georgiana, third daughter of Charles Oakeley, governor of Madras. Educated at Westminster School from 1823. He was admitted to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1827, and matriculated on 30 May. He obtained the college prize for Latin verse (subject, Scythae Nomades) in 1829, took a first-class in Classics in 1831, and was appointed tutor and Greek reader in 1836. He graduated BA in 1831, MA in 1833, and BD and DD in 1849.

At the university, he was select preacher in 1841, and was subsequently a lecturer at his college in philology, a subject to which he was much devoted, and to which he continually directed the attention of his pupils. In 1834 he was ordained, and served as curate of Culham, Oxfordshire. Four years later, at age 28, he was elected High Master of St. Paul’s School, London, on the retirement of Dr. John Sleath.

Lord Truro, presented Kynaston in 1850 to the city living of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, with St. Nicholas Olave, which he held until the parishes were amalgamated with St. Mary Somerset in 1866. He resigned the mastership of St. Paul’s in 1876, and the only preferment which he held at the time of his death was the prebendal stall of Holborn in St. Paul’s Cathedral, to which he was presented by Bishop Blomfield in July 1853.

Kynaston contributed to the Guardian from time to time several renderings into Latin of his own hymns and hymns by those others, but mostly these were not republished. His other works include:

  1. All Souls Are Mine
  2. Blessings and Bereavement
  3. Children in the Market Place
  4. Collect for Advent
  5. Descent from the Cross, The
  6. Ever Present Sin, The
  7. First Disciple, The
  8. First Missionary, The
  9. Hark! The Trumpet, Earth’s Four Regions
  10. Jesus Passing
  11. Land Before Them, Where to Choose?, The
  12. Lord’s Chastening, The
  13. Lord’s Knocking, The
  14. Mighty Working, The
  15. Missionary Child, The
  16. Name of Jesus
  17. Rehoboth, There Is Room
  18. Search for Jesus, The
  19. Second Miraculous Draught, The
  20. Silence in Heaven
  21. Thomas Not with the Ten
  22. Thomas with the Ten
  23. We Love Him Because He First Loved Us
  24. Who Is My Neighbor?
  1. Christian, Wouldst Thou Boast Aright?
  2. Cross of Calvary, The
  3. Day of Life
  4. Jesu, Solace of My Soul
  5. Now the World New Pleasures Finds
  6. Weep No More This Holy Morning

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