November 21, 1759, Sheerness, Kent, England.
August 23, 1829, Highbury, England.
Eldest son of William Shrubsole, as a young man, Shrubsole 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, 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.