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Augustus Montaugue Toplady
Birth: Nov. 4, 1740
Death: Aug. 11, 1778

Religious Hymn Composer. He is best remembered as the author of the popular hymn "Rock of Ages" (1763). Born in Farnham, Surrey, England, his father served as an officer in the British Royal Marines and died at the Battle of Cartagena de Indias during the War of Jenkins Ear between Spain and England. After attending Westminster School in London, England from 1750 until 1755, he moved with his mother to Ireland where he attended Trinity College in Dublin. Shortly afterwards, he felt a calling to become a minister of the Methodist faith but three years later he was influenced by reading Jerome Zanchius's "Confessions of the Christian Religion" and he embraced Calvinism, which would later create a rift between him and theologian John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. In 1759 he published his first book, "Poems on Sacred Subjects" and the following year he graduated from Trinity College and returned to Westminster, England where in 1762, he was ordained an Anglican deacon and appointed curate of Blagdon, Somerset, England and it was there he wrote "Rock of Ages" a year later. In 1764 he became an Anglican priest and served as vicar at several village churches, including Farleigh Hungerford in Somerset and Harpford, Venn Ottery, and Broadhembury in Devon. Beginning in 1775 he preached at a French Calvinist church in London, England until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 37. A prolific essayist, he wrote on a wide range of topics, including nature and animals, and considered the problem of evil in relation to the brutality and suffering of animals caused by humans. Among his other literary works include "The Historic Proof of the Doctrinal Calvinism of the Church of England" (1774) and "Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Worship" (1776). He penned numerous hymns during his life, including "Object of My First Desire" (1774), "A Debtor to Mercy Alone" (1776), and "Deathless Principle, Arise" (1778) that are occasionally sung today but far less popular than "Rock of Ages." (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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Whitefield's Tabernacle
London Borough of Islington
Greater London, England
 
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Record added: Aug 16, 2002
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Augustus Montaugue Toplady
Added by: William Bjornstad
 
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Thank you for your contributions to religious hymns. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Apr. 20, 2016

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