Charlotte Alington Barnard

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Charlotte Alington Pye Barnard (23 December 1830, London – 30 January 1869, Dover) was an English poet and composer of ballads and hymns, who often wrote under the pseudonym Claribel.


Charlotte Alington Pye was the daughter of Henry Alington Pye, a solicitor and Charlotte Yerburgh. She married Charles Barnard in 1854: though he was parson of St Olaves in Ruckland, Lincolnshire, they lived at The Firs in Westgate, Louth, Lincolnshire. After Charlotte's presentation at court in 1856, the couple moved to Pimlico. Among their neighbours was the conductor Michael Costa.[1]

A prolific balladeer and hymn-writer, Barnard is probably best known for 'I Cannot Sing the Old Songs' and 'Come Back to Erin'. She was also the composer of the hymn tune 'Brocklesby'.[2]


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