July 15, 1831, Salford, Lancashire, England.

Circa February 1916, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England.

Son of hymnist Hugh Stowell, Thomas was Bridgman Exhibitioner at Queens College, Oxford (1853), where he earned a BA with honors (1855). Taking Holy Orders in 1857, he became Curate of Bolton, Diocese of Ripon (1857–60); Incumbent of St. Stephen’s, Bowling, Bradford (1860–65); and then Rector of Christ Church, Salford, succeeding his father (1865). He was also appointed Rural Dean of Salford (1876); Honorary Canon in Manchester Cathedral (1879); and Rector of Chorley, Lancashire. Most of his hymns were written for the Anniversary Sermons of Christ Church Sunday Schools in Salford. His works include:

  1. Blessed Savior, Hear Us When We Cry
  2. Come, Christian Youths and Maidens
  3. Early the Holy Women Came
  4. Happy Were Those Mothers
  5. In God’s Holy Dwelling
  6. Lord, on Thy Day, Within Thy Holy Dwelling
  7. Lord, Thy Children Lowly Bending
  8. My Savior, Be Thou Near Me
  9. O Jesus, We Have Promised
  10. Remember Thy Creator
  11. Savior, We Are Young and Weak
  12. Sweet Day of Rest Which God Has Given
  13. While the Sun Is Shining