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Category: William Henry Havergal (1793 – 1870)
William Henry Havergal (1793 – 1870) was an Anglican clergyman, writer, composer and hymnwriter, and a publisher of sermons and pamphlets. He was the father of the hymn-writer and poet Frances Ridley Havergal and the clergyman and organist Henry East Havergal (1820–1875).
Havergal was born in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and educated at the Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he gained a BA in 1815 and an MA in 1819. He was ordained deacon in 1816 and priest in 1817, and became rector of Astley in Worcestershire in 1829, St. Nicholas, Worcester in 1842 and Shares hill near Wolverhampton in 1860. He died at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and is buried at Astley.