Rev. Sabine Baring Gould

Sabine Baring-Gould was born in the parish of St Sidwell, Exeter, on 28th January 1834 and was baptised at St Sidwell’s church. He was an Anglican priest, antiquarian, novelist and writer of hymns, the best-known being ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’. He was a prolific writer, publishing books with varied and eclectic subject matter such as ‘The Book of Were-Wolves, being an account of a terrible superstition’. He is also well known locally for his collections of folk songs from Devon and Cornwall. Baring-Gould helped organise the first scientific archaeological excavations of hut-circles on Dartmoor and formed the Committee of the Devonshire Association for the Exploration of Dartmoor.