Born: No­vem­ber 18, 1800, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 29, 1882, Bourne­mouth, Dor­set, Eng­land.

Buried: Bourne­mouth, Dor­set, Eng­land. The text of 2 Co­rin­thi­ans 5:21 was en­graved on his tomb­stone.

Darby got his mid­dle name from fam­i­ly friend Lord Nel­son (Darby’s un­cle, Hen­ry Dar­by, com­mand­ed the Bel­le­ro­phon in the Bat­tle of the Nile un­der Ad­mir­al Nel­son). Dar­by at­tend­ed Trin­i­ty Coll­ege in Dub­lin, Ire­land, grad­u­at­ing at age 19 as a Class­ics Med­al­ist. Trained for a ca­reer in law, he aban­doned his prac­tice af­ter on­ly a year. Af­ter a per­i­od of spir­it­u­al search­ing, he was or­dained an An­gli­can dea­con in 1825. In 1826, he be­came a priest, as­signed to Coun­ty Wick­low, Ire­land. Af­ter a cou­ple of years serv­ing this rur­al dis­trict, Darby be­came dis­sat­is­fied with the Church of Eng­land. Meet­ings with like mind­ed Ang­li­cans led to the for­ma­tion of the pray­er and Bi­ble stu­dy group which would come to be known as the Ply­mouth Breth­ren (from their meet­ings in Ply­mouth, Eng­land).

As the re­form move­ment grew, Dar­by found him­self tra­vel­ing far and wide to preach its be­lief in the apos­ta­sy of the or­gan­ized church and the in­fal­li­bil­i­ty of Script­ure: He made trips to Ger­ma­ny, France, Switz­er­land, Ita­ly, Hol­land, Amer­i­ca, Can­a­da, the West In­dies and New Zea­land. Dar­by wrote some 53 vol­umes in his life­time. Today’s Fun­da­ment­al­ist churches owe much to his doc­trines.

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Hymns

  1. And Is It So
  2. Hark! Ten Thousand Voices Crying
  3. O Lord, Thy Love’s Unbounded
  4. Rest of the Saints Above
  5. Rise, My Soul, Thy God Directs Thee
  6. This World Is a Wilderness Wide
  7. Though Faint, Yet Pursuing, We Go On Our Way