S.W. Gandy handbells

This peal ten hand bells was the gift of S.W. Gandy Kingston Ringers 1847

We have blogged about lending a set of handbells to Piggott School’s music department.

Piggott School’s Christmas concert

Well, we asked for a photo of them for our inventory and we were sent the pic above which got us intrigued to find out about the generous donator. This is what we’ve uncovered on the internet …

S. W. Gandy, Samuel Whitelock Gandy was a famous writer of hymns as well as vicar of All Saints Kingston, 1817-1851. 

We’ve found the following about him on the Internet:

Gandy, Samuel Whitelock. This writer (Vicar of Kingston-on-Thames with Richmond from Jan. 1817 to his death, Dec. 24, 1851) was the author of “What tho’ the Accuser roar” (Victory through Jesus), and “His be the Victor’s name” (Victory through Jesus), in the Plymouth Brethren Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1838, Nos. 43, 44. Some of his Sermons were published posthumously in 1859. Sedgwick says he published a Selection of Psalms & Hymns, but we have not seen this work (S. MSS.). –John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Samuel was the son of John and Mar­g­aret Gan­dy. He was a King’s Schol­ar at Eton in 1788, and an as­sist­ant there, 1800–03.

He was ad­mit­ted as a schol­ar at King’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, July 28, 1795 (BA 1800, MA 1803, fel­low 1798–1817).

He served as min­is­ter at East Stone­house (now part of Ply­mouth), and vi­car at St. Bu­deaux Par­ish Church, Ply­mouth (1802–17), and at King­ston-up­on-Thames, from Jan­u­a­ry 1817 un­til his death. 

Zac Hicks has made this video and wrote the tune to this song using lyrics from ‘His be the Victor’s name’: