Armstrong, John, D.D., eldest son of Dr. Armstrong, a physician, was born at Wearmouth, Aug. 22, 1813, and educated at Charterhouse, and Lincoln College, Oxford, B.A. 1836. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he was Curate of Alford, 1837; Priest-vicar of Exeter Cathedral, 1841; Rector of St. Paul's, Exeter, 1843; Vicar of Tidenham, 1845; and Bishop of Grahamstown, 1853. He died May 16, 1856. His Memoirs, by T. T. Carter, were published in 1857. He published The Pastor in his Closet, in 1847. In it appeared his hymn "O Thou Who makest souls to shine," (Ember Days) in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. It is given in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; Thring's Collection, 1882, &c.
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