Harcourt, William Vernon, B.A., s. of Archbishop Harcourt of York, was born at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, in 1789, and educated at Oxford. Taking Holy Orders he became, in 1823, Rector of Kirkby-in-Cleveland, and Canon Residentiary of York; and in 1837, Rector of Bolton Percy. On the death of bis elder brother in 1861, he succeeded to the family property, Nuneham Park, Oxfordshire. He died in 1871. In 1840 he published a volume of Psalms & Hymns, and in 1855 his Symmetrical Psalmody. This latter work is one of the curiosities of hymnody. His version of Ps. cxxxvi., " Thank the Lord Who made the earth," is in Lyra Britannica, 1867; Martineau's Hymns, 1873, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology
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