Dorothy Gurney

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Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney
Dorothy Frances Blomfield

October 4, 1858
Finsbury Circus, London, UK
DiedJune 15, 1932 (aged 73)
Notable work
"God's Garden"

Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney (1858–1932)[1] was an English hymn-writer[2] and poet.[3]

Gurney was the granddaughter of Charles James Blomfield, Bishop of London from 1828 to 1856; niece to the architect Sir Arthur Blomfield[4] and Alfred Blomfield, Bishop of Colchester from 1882 to 1894;[5] and cousin of the geologist Francis Arthur Bather.[6] The daughter of Frederick Blomfield, Rector of St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London, she married Gerald Gurney in 1897. In 1904 her husband was ordained an Anglican priest,[7] but they both joined the Roman Catholic church in 1919.[8]


  1. ^ cyberhymnal
  2. ^ hymnary
  3. ^ British Library
  4. ^ Arthur Burns, ‘Blomfield, Charles James (1786–1857)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 5 Aug 2017
  5. ^ Obituary- The Bishop Of Colchester The Times, Tuesday, 6 November 1894; p. 10; Issue 34414; col. C
  6. ^ BATHER, Francis Arthur’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 5 Aug 2017
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1908 p603: London, Horace Cox, 1908
  8. ^ Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney