Born: March 20, 1806, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.
Died: November 18, 1874, rectory of Southwick, near Brighton, England.
Son of Reverend Thomas Clout, Arthur changed his surname to Russell, after an Independent or Congregational minister known for editing the works of Tyndale, Frith, Barnes, Dr. John Owen, and others.
He attended St. Saviour’s School, Southwark, and the Merchant Taylors’ School in London. From 1822–24 he was at Manchester College, York. In 1825 he enrolled at St. John’s College, Cambridge, as a sizar, and in his freshman year won the Hulsean Prize, its subject being
In what respects the Law is a Schoolmaster to bring men to Christ.
In 1829, Russell was ordained by Bishop Kaye of Lincoln, and became curate at Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire. In 1830 he became vicar of Caxton, a post he held until 1852.
Russell’s first appearance as a hymn writer was in the third edition of the hymn book published by his father (first edition, 1813).
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