We have little data on Hangford, except that he once held a position in India, and died between 1847 & 1867. Presumably he was British; his only known hymn was published in the London Magazine in 1848.
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This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou.
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