Legh Richmond

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Plaque in Brading church commemorating Richmond and his work

Legh Richmond (1772–1827), English divine, was born on 29 January 1772, in Liverpool. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] and in 1798 was appointed to the joint curacies of St. Mary's Church, Brading and St. John the Baptist Church, Yaverland on the Isle of Wight. He was powerfully influenced by William Wilberforce's Practical View of Christianity, and took a prominent interest in the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Church Missionary Society and similar institutions.

In 1805 he became assistant-chaplain to the Lock Hospital, London, and rector of Turvey, Bedfordshire, where he remained till his death on 5 May 1827. The best known of his writings is The Dairyman's Daughter, of which as many as four millions in nineteen languages were circulated before 1849. A collected edition of his stories of village life was first published in 1814 under the title of Annals of the Poor. He also edited a series of Reformation theological works, with biographies, in eight volumes called Fathers of the English Church (1807–12).[2] Sixteen years after Richmond’s death, the prolific engraver George Brannon published a supplement to Annals of the Poor under the title The Landscape Beauties of the Isle of Wight (1843).[3]

He is thought to have originated the now globally popular idea of using boards with movable numbers to indicate hymn numbers during church services, whilst at Brading.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Richmond, Legh (RCMT789L)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Contents at https://archive.org/stream/cyclopaediabibl01darlgoog#page/n483/mode/1up
  3. ^ Brannon, George. The Landscape Beauties of the Isle of Wight, as Described by L. Richmond (in His Celebrated “Annals of the Poor”). Illustrated with engravings of some of the principal objects, explanatory notes and such other additional information as are necessary to constitute a brief local guide. Wootton Common: George Brannon, 1843.

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