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: