Sep­tem­ber 28, 1851, 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