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 at all, 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.

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I must offer my apologies that this site has not been updated for some time. I hope to put this right over the next few weeks.



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About this site:

This is the third version of the SBGAS website. There are still a few little difficulties to be ironed out - notably the lack of space, which has necessitated some temporary compromises.

With this update I have added a search box to this 'Welcome' page and to the' Newsletters' page - I think you will find it useful as a way of finding items in newsletters etc

The full index for the SBGAS Transactions has now been updated to 2013. Copies of Volumes 7 - 13 of the Transactions are available for purchase - contact me if you would like to to buy any of them.

In December 2012 I reached the end of a long haul, putting the SBGAS Newsletter Archive on this site. You can now see the main articles published from 1989 onwards and view the complete issues from 2000 to 2011.


Martin Graebe

[Updated 2 July 2015]