Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is considered the father of English hymnody. Born in Southampton, England, he was a precocious child who learned to read almost as soon as he could speak and wrote verses while still a young boy.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a renowned Bible commentator. He was born in Wales and was educated under the tutelage of his father, a Nonconformist minister.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691), a Puritan minister and voluminous author of the seventeenth century, wrote the devotional masterpiece Call to the Unconverted and his Saint’s Everlasting Rest.