Sabine Baring-Gould

Important Notice

At the annual Meeting of the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society in October 2018 it was decided that we would dissolve the society. The reasons for this are set out in a letter from the Chair, which you can read HERE.

As of April 2020 this process is nearly complete, with only a very few things remaining to do. The small group of former officers that has managed the dissolution (Roger Bristow, Shan and Martin Graebe) has made provision for this web-site to continue for five years. We will also deal with queries from members of the public and produce an occasional newsletter to keep former SBGAS members informed of  matters of interest. Two such letters have now been produced and you can read through these links:

Onward! No 1 |  Onward! No 2

We will not be accepting any further membership fees, but if you wish to add your name to the e-mail list please let us know 

We will no longer be publishing the SBGAS Newsletter or Transactions but all the issues of both publications are now available on this website.

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834 – 1924)

Sabine Baring-Gould’s life is a story in itself, with his unconventional childhood, his marriage to a mill-girl half his age and his dedication to antiquarian pursuits alongside his life as squire and parson of a small Devonshire village. He was regarded as one of the top ten novelists of his time, but wrote prolifically on his travels, religious matters, historical figures and on many other topics. Over 1200 publications are listed in his bibliography.

He was an early archaeologist, respected for his work on Dartmoor, in Cornwall, in Wales and in France. He was also a folklorist, but he regarded his greatest achievement to be his collection of songs, most of them heard from singers in Devon and Cornwall. Beside his writing he re-created the twin hearts of his beloved parish of Lew Trenchard – his home, Lew House and the beautiful little church of St Peter, Lewtrenchard. For these he was his own architect.

At his death in 1924 he largely dropped out of the public’s memory and if he was remembered it would have been for his best known hymns such as ‘Onward, Christian soldiers’ and ‘Now the day is over’. In recent years members of the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society, with the help of the descendants of his 15 children, have searched out forgotten manuscripts and letters which help to give a better picture of the life of this remarkable man.

[Checked 7 May 2020]