Sep­tem­ber 28, 1850, Ship­lake-on-Thames, Eng­land.

May 28, 1920, Al­lan Bank, Gras­mere, Cum­bria, Eng­land.

St. Ken­ti­gern Church­yard, Great Cros­thwaite, Cum­bria, Eng­land.


Rawnsley was the son of R. D. B. Rawns­ley, some­time Pre­ben­da­ry of Lin­coln, Eng­land. He mar­ried twice, to Ed­ith Fletch­er and El­ea­nor Fo­ster Simp­son.

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Bal­li­ol College, Ox­ford (BA 1875, MA 1883), or­dained an Ang­li­can dea­con in 1875, and priest in 1877.

He served as Curate of St. Barn­a­bas, Bri­stol (1875–77); Vicar of Low Wray, Lan­ca­shire (1878–83); and Vicar of Cros­thwaite, Cum­bria (1883). He also served as Rural Dean of Kes­wick (1883), Honorary Canon of Car­lisle (1891), and Proctor in Convocation (1905).

Rawn­sley was very active in conservation in the Lake Dis­trict, and encouraged young Be­a­trix Pot­ter with her drawings, which eventually became part of Pe­ter Rab­bit.

After serving 34 years at Cros­thwaite, Rawns­ley retired to Gras­mere in 1917. His works in­clude:

  1. Father, Whose Will Is Life and Good
  2. Hark! I Hear the Trumpet Sounding
  3. Lord God, Our Praise We Give
  4. Lord Jesu, Who at Lazarus’ Tomb
  5. Lord, Who Gavest Streams and Foun­tains
  6. Now Trumpets Cease Your Sound
  7. Savior, Who Didst Healing Give