Dorothy Gurney

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Dorothy Frances (Dora) Blomfield (later Gurney)
Dorothy Frances Blomfield

4 October 1858
Finsbury Circus, London, England
Died15 June 1932 (aged 73)
Notting Hill, London, England
Notable work
"God's Garden"

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

Gurney was the daughter of Frederick George Blomfield, Rector of St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London. She was also granddaughter of Charles James Blomfield, who was 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]

She married the actor Gerald Gurney in 1897; he was the son of Archer Thompson Gurney (1820–1887), a Church of England clergyman and hymnodist. In 1904 her husband was ordained a priest of the Church of England.[7] In 1919 Dorothy and her husband joined the Roman Catholic Church.[8]

Her Poems (London: Country Life, 1913) included "God's Garden".


  1. ^ cyberhymnal
  2. ^ "Dorothy F. Gurney". Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Poems. – British Library". Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Blomfield, Charles James (1786–1857), bishop of London". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  5. ^ Obituary – The Bishop Of Colchester, The Times, 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[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1908 p.603: London, Horace Cox, 1908
  8. ^ Vlieland, Jerome Nicholas (9 January 2013). "Jerome Nicholas Vlieland: Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney". Jerome Nicholas Vlieland. Retrieved 19 March 2020.