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Baring Gould

1834 - 1924

Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould was the Squire and Parson of the parish of Lewtrenchard in West Devon from 1881 to 1924.

He is best known as the writer of the hymn 'Onward, Christian Soldiers' but he was also an author, a historian and a collector of folk songs. He regarded as his principal achievement the collection of folk songs that he made with the help of the ordinary people of Devon and Cornwall. His first book of songs, Songs and Ballads of the West (1889–91), was the first collection published for the mass market.

There is an annual Baring-Gould Folk Festival which takes place in Okehampton in Devon: