Henry Fleetwood Sheppard

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Henry Fleetwood Sheppard (London, February 5, 1824 — November 1901) was an English clergyman who collaborated on the collection Church Songs (1884) with Sabine Baring-Gould.[1][2]

Born in London on February 5, 1824, Sheppard graduated from Cambridge University in 1855 and was ordained as an Anglican minister the next year. For many years, he was the precentor and editor to the Doncaster Church Choral Union. Sheppard eventually became the Rector of Thurnscoe in South Yorkshire

Sheppard published many pieces of church music, including Gregorian chants and hymns. Sheppard also collaborated with Baring-Gould on Songs of the West, which contains folk songs from Devon and Cornwall. Songs of the West was published by Methuen Publishing in conjunction with Watey and Willis; the first edition appeared both as a four-part set, undated, and as one volume dated 1895.

A new edition contained songs that were omitted from first edition, with the music being edited by Cecil Sharp. The second edition mentions the third collaborator, the Rev. Dr. F. W. Bussell. The Plymouth City Library collection includes two manuscript volumes with 202 songs with music. The publishers censored the language in some of the songs so that they would not offend the Victorian audience.[3]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Composers for the Church in Great Britain ed. Robert Evans, Maggie Humphreys 1441137963 1997 - Page 20 "In 1884 he published a collection Church Songs, in collaboration with Revd. Henry Fleetwood Sheppard. 159 of his books were published, and he is said to have more catalogue entries in the British Museum than any of his contemporaries."
  2. ^ Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine Volume 19 1887- Page 307 "Henry Fleetwood Sheppard has recently become widely known through his musical editorship of the two series of "Church Songs," published in England, and circulated to a considerable extent in this country..
  3. ^ Purcell, William (1957) Onward Christian Soldier. London: Longmans, Green; pp. 145-48