Born: November 21, 1759, Sheerness, Kent, England.
Died: August 23, 1829, Highbury, England.
William was the eldest son of William Shrubsole.
As a young man, he worked as a shipwright in the dockyard, then as a clerk. In 1785, he moved to London and entered the Bank of England as a clerk. He subsequently became Secretary to the Committee of the Treasury.
For a while he attended St. Anne’s Church in Blackfriars, but for the last 20 years of his life he belonged to the Congregationalists, and attended Hoxton Academy Chapel.
He was a director and secretary of the London Missionary Society, and contributed hymns to the Evangelical Magazine, Christian Magazine, Theological Miscellany, the Christian Observer, and Youth’s Magazine.
His daughter gave a Memoir of him to Dr. Morison’s Fathers and Founders of the London Missionary Society (London: Fisher, Sons & Company, 1844).
According to Nutter, pp. 465, he is a different man from William Shrubsole the composer.
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