Born: No­vem­ber 27, 1787, St. Cle­ment Danes, Mid­dle­sex, Eng­land.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 25, 1862, Cam­bridge Heath, Mid­dle­sex, Eng­land.

Buried: Ab­ney Park Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Andrew was the hus­band of hym­nist Elizabeth Reed.

He at­tend­ed Hack­ney Col­lege, London, and be­came a Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­ter. He was pas­tor at the New Road Cha­pel, St. George-in-the-East, then at Wyc­liffe Cha­pel, which he helped build in 1830.

He al­so earned a de­gree from Yale Col­lege, and found­ed the Lon­don Or­phan Asy­lum and Reed’s School in Cob­ham, Surrey. He wrote 21 to­tal hymns.


Reed wrote his own ep­i­taph:

I was born yesterday, I shall die tomorrow,
And I must not spend today in telling what I have done,
But in doing what I may for HIM who has done all for me.
I sprang from the people, I have lived for the people—
The most for the most unhappy; and the people when
They know it will not suffer me to die out of loving remembrance.