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Frederic W. Farrar
Frederic W. Farrar
1831 - 1903

Born: August 7, 1831, Bombay, India.

Farrar's father, a missionary to India, later became the rector at Sideup, Kent, England. Farrar attended King William's College on the Isle of Man, and King's College, London. In 1852, he won a scholarship to the University of London, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He then went to Trinity College at Cambridge where he took a number of honors, including the Chancellor's Prize in English verse. In 1854, he graduated with first class classical honors and took Holy Orders. For a while he served as assistant master at Harrow School. In 1869, he was appointed a Chaplain to Queen Victoria, From 1871-1876, he was headmaster of Marlborough College. He then went on to become a Canon of Westminster Abbey, rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, Arch-deacon of Westminster, and Dean of Canterbury.

Farrar achieved a high reputation as a writer and preacher. He wrote some volumes of popular fiction, and several important works in philology and theology. His works include:

Eric: or, Little by Little (New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1859)
Julian Home, a Tale of College Life (New York: M. Doolady, 1866)
The Life of Christ (New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1884)
Life and Work of St. Paul


Father, Before Thy Throne of Light
God and Father, Great and Holy
In the Fields with Their Flocks Abiding

Farrar died March 22, 1903 in Canterbury, England.

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