Mary Peters (hymn writer)

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Mary Peters
Born 17 April 1813
Died 29 July 1856
Nationality British

Mary Peters (17 April 1813 – 29 July 1856) was a British hymn writer.


Mary Bowly was born in Cirencester in 1813 to Richard and Mary Bowly. She married John McWilliam Peters who was the vicar of Quenington and then Langford. Peters gave her efforts to writing and she wrote her hymns by the time she was thirty. She created a large history in seven volumes from the "point of creation to the start of Queen Victoria's reign", but her notability comes from her hymns.[1]

Peters married John Peters at the age of 39 with a ceremony conducted by the Plymouth Brethren[2]

Peters died in Clifton in 1856.[3]


  • The World's History from the Creation to the Accession of Queen Victoria
  • Hymns intended to help the Communion of Saints, 1847


  1. ^ Wikisource link to Peters, Mary (DNB00). Wikisource. 
  2. ^ Through the love of God our Saviour, singingthefaithplus, retrieved 21 March 2015
  3. ^ W. B. Lowther, ‘Peters , Mary (1813–1856)’, rev. Rosemary Mitchell, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 21 March 2015