William Chatterton Dix

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William Chatterton Dix
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Born 14 June 1837
Bristol, England
Died 9 September 1898
Cheddar, Somerset, England

William Chatterton Dix (14 June 1837 – 9 September 1898) was an English writer of hymns and carols.

He was born in Bristol, England, the son of John Dix, a surgeon and writer. His father gave him his middle name in honour of Thomas Chatterton, a poet about whom he had written a biography.[1]

Dix spent most of his life as manager of a Maritime Insurance Company in Glasgow.

At the age of 29 he was struck with a near fatal illness and consequently suffered months confined to his bed. During this time he became severely depressed. Yet it is from this period that many of his hymns date.[2][3]

His hymns and carols included As with Gladness Men of Old, What child is this?, To you, O Lord, our hearts we raise and Alleluia! Sing to Jesus.

He died at Cheddar, Somerset, England, and was buried at his parish church.


  1. ^ Bailey, Albert Edward (1950). The Gospel in Hymns. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 359. 
  2. ^ Robert Guy McCutchan (1937) Our hymnody, a manual of the Methodist hymnal
  3. ^ John Telford (1934) The new Methodist hymn-book illustrated in history and experience

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