Havergal, Frances Ridley
Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879) was born in Worcestershire, England. Her father, Rev. W. H. Havergal, was a vicar and a hymn writer. The name Ridley came from her Godfather: W. H. Ridley, Rector of Hambleden, who descended from Bishop Ridley, the martyr. She was nicknamed "Little Quicksilver," because she was bright quick and clever. She possessed gifted intelligence and was reading at age three. She memorized many books of the Bible. Her mother Jane, died when she was 11 years old. She went to boarding school in Belmont. She had a disease called erysipelas (a painful red infection on skin and/or face) in 1851. She went to school in Germany, at Louisenchule, when 16 years old until 1853. She was very active in the Y.W.C.A. and conducted weekly meetings. She traveled to Switzerland several times with different people. Intelligent and educated, her life was characterized by a deep earnest consecration to Jesus. She wrote many devotional books and hundreds of hymns and poems. Favorite hymns of hers are "Who is on the Lord's Side," "Lord Speak to me," "Truehearted Wholehearted," "Like a River Glorious," and "Take My Life and Let It Be."
- Kept for the Master's Use.
- Royal Commandments.
- The Hymns of Frances Ridley Havergal.
- What Will You Do without Him? (online in entirety)
- Nothing to Pay. (online in entirety)
Father – Rev. William Henry Havergal (1793-1870) – rector of Astley, Worcestershire. (Hymn writer)
Mother – Jane Head (died in 1848, when Frances was 11).
Step mother - Caroline Ann Cooke (married in 1851).
Sister – Maria Vernon Graham Havergal ( -1887)
Sister – Jane Miriam – Married Henry Crane of Oakhampton.
Brother - Henry East – vicar of Cople, Bedfordshire (died in 1875).
Sister – Ellen Prestage – married Giles Shaw.
Brother – Francis Tebbs (1829-1890) – vicar of Upton Bishop, married Isabel Susan.
Elizabeth Clay - Lifelong friend.
Baroness Helga von Cramm - Friend and illustrator of her books.
Agnes Giberne – Friend and author.
Thoughts of Frances R. Havergal:
1. Frances R. Havergal thoughts on sanctification. An excerpt from Chapter 1 of Kept for the Master's Use.
2. Frances R. Havergal thoughts on what we owe God as Christians. Her poem "Nothing to Pay."
3. Frances R. Havergal thoughts on self-willed sanctification. An excerpt from Chapter 1 of Kept for the Master's Use.
4. Frances R. Havergal thoughts on self-centered happiness. An excerpt from Chapter 4 of Kept for the Master's Use.
Her books include: