© National Portrait Gallery

Jan­u­ary 28, 1834, Ex­e­ter, Eng­land.

Jan­u­a­ry 2, 1924, Lew Tren­chard, Ta­vis­tock, De­von­shire, Eng­land.

In the church­yard across the road from his home at Lew Tren­chard.


Baring-Gould had one of the most bril­liant, ec­lec­tic minds of Vic­tor­ian Eng­land. Born in­to the land­ed gen­try, he at­tend­ed schools in Ger­ma­ny and France, then went to Clare Col­lege at Cam­bridge. He learned six lan­guag­es, en­tered the min­is­try at age 30, and served pas­tor­ates in York­shire, Es­sex, and De­von­shire.

He al­so found time to write over 100 books, in­clud­ing 30 no­vels and a mam­moth 16-vol­ume Lives of the Saints. His works cover a huge range of to­pics: the­o­lo­gy, folk­lore, so­cial com­men­ta­ry, tra­vel & his­to­ry. One ac­count of his life states, At one point there were more books list­ed un­der his name in the Bri­tish Mu­se­um Library than un­der that of any oth­er Eng­lish wri­ter. But he was not just an au­thor: He was an ar­chae­ol­o­gist, ar­chi­tect, ar­tist, teach­er & col­lec­tor of Eng­lish folk songs.

His fa­mi­ly es­tate at Lew Tren­chard, near Dart­moor in De­von­shire, is now a ho­tel.

  1. Daily, Dai­ly, Sing the Prais­es
  2. Hail the Sign, the Sign of Je­sus
  3. Now the Day Is Ov­er
  4. On the Re­sur­rect­ion Morning
  5. Onward, Chris­tian Sol­diers
  6. Sleep, My Sav­ior, Sleep
  7. Star, a Star Is Burn­ing, A
  8. Winds Were Wail­ing, The
  1. Angel Ga­bri­el from Hea­ven Came, The
  2. Gentle Sav­ior, Day and Night
  3. Three Kings’ Song
  4. Through the Night of Doubt and Sor­row
  1. Eudoxia