|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1772|
|Death: ||May 8, 1827|
Legh Richmond was born in Liverpool in 1772, son of Dr. Henry Richmond. While a child he suffered a serious accident, falling from a wall he injured his leg which left him permanently lame. He was educated at a school in Blandford, Dorset and then entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1789.
In 1797 he was ordained Deacon and in the same year he married Mary Chambers of Bath. In 1798 he was appointed to the joint curacies of St. Mary's Church, Brading and St. John the Baptist Church, Yaverland on the Isle of Wight. He was powerfully influenced by William Wilberforce's Practical View of Christianity, and took a prominent interest in the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Church Missionary Society and similar institutions. In November 1805 he moved into Turvey Rectory Bedfordshire and began to write stories based on material he had collected while living in the Isle of Wight, they were simple tales about country folk. "The Dairyman's Daughter" was the first published followed by "The Young Cottager" and "The Negro Servant". All were originally published in the "Christian Guardian" between 1809-1814. In 1814 The Religious Tract Society reprinted them under the title of "The Annals of the Poor". The books were very popular with "The Dairyman's Daughter" running into several editions with an estimated sale of over two million copies with large sales in America.
Legh Richmond was one of the first clergymen to found a village Friendly Society. The Turvey Friendly Society was formed to give wages to the poor when they were sick and could not work. He travelled great distances to preach on behalf of the Missionary Societies and in 1820 one of his tours led as far as the Scottish island of Iona.
In the 1820s he suffered a number of family tragedies, in 1821 he lost a daughter and in 1825 two of his sons Wilberforce and Nugent died. He died in the spring of 1827, survived by his wife and eight children; he was buried in his parish church.
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