Born: Jan­u­a­ry 11, 1799, Folke­stone, Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 23, 1885, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Purday was ap­point­ed con­duct­or of psalm­o­dy at Crown Court Scots Church in Co­vent Gar­den, Lon­don, in the 1840’s, dur­ing the min­is­try of Dr. John Cum­ming. Dr. Cum­ming’s church was so pop­u­lar that it was said traf­fic could not move in Bow Street and Dru­ry Lane for the throng of car­ri­ag­es mak­ing their way to ser­vic­es. Pur­day was a fine vo­cal­ist and had sung at the cor­o­na­tion of Queen Vic­tor­ia. He be­came a mu­sic pub­lish­er, and was a pi­o­neer in the move­ment for co­py­right law re­form. His works in­clude:



  1. Jerusalem (Pur­ay)
  2. Sandon