Augustus Montague Toplady was born in Surrey, England in 1740. His father was an officer in the British army. His mother was a woman of great piety. He prepared for the university at Westminster School and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. While on a visit to Ireland at the age of 16 he converted to Christianity at a service held in a barn.
Edward Henry Bickersteth, a bishop of the Church of England, was born in Islington, England in 1825. He graduated from Cambridge University and took holy orders in the Church of England in 1848.
Richard Baxter, a Puritan minister and voluminous author of the seventeenth century, wrote the devotional masterpiece Call to the Unconverted and his Saint’s Everlasting Rest.