William Kingsbury

Short Name: William Kingsbury
Full Name: Kingsbury, William, 1744-1818
Birth Year: 1744
Death Year: 1818

Born: July 12, 1744, Bishopsgate Street, London, England.
Christened: August 12, 1744, Poultry Chapel, Camomile Street Independent Church, London, England.
Died: February 18, 1818, Caversham, Southampton, England.

Kingsbury, William, was born in 1744, educated at an Independent academy in London, and became Pastor of the ancient Congregational Church, Above Bar, in Southampton, where he died in 1818, after an honourable and useful ministry of fifty-four years. He was the author of several published sermons and pamphlets, including:—(1) A Sermon on the King's recovery, 1780; (2) The Manner in which Protestant Dissenters perform Public Worship represented and vindicated, 1796; (3) An Apology for Village Preachers, 1799; (4) A Funeral Sermon on the Death of the Rev. Mr. Towle, 1807, &c.

Kingsbury was one of the ministers under whose patronage Dobell published his New Selection, 1806, and to that book contributed two hymns.-—"Great Lord of all thy churches, hear!" No. 213 (Divine Worship), and "Let us awake our joys," No. 100 (Jesus the King). Both these hymns are in common use, the second being specially popular in America. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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