George Croly

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George Croly (August 17, 1780 - November 24, 1860), was a poet, novelist, historian, and divine.


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Service
  • 3 Published Works
  • 4 References


Born at Dublin, his father was a physician. Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a MA in 1804 and LLD in 1831. Croly married Margaret Helen Begbie in 1819.


After becoming ordained in 1804, he first labored in Ireland until moving to London around 1810. In 1835, Lord Brougham, a Whig patron and relative, helped Croly become Rector of St. Stephen's, Walbrook, in the slums. It was there he opened a pulpit that had been closed for a hundred years and developed a high reputation as a preacher. He also served at the same time in St. Benet Sherehog. He retained both positions until his death.

Published Works

He wrote poems, dramas, satires, novels, history, and theological works, and attained some measure of success in all. Perhaps his best known works are his novels, Salathiel (1829), founded on the legend of "the wandering Jew," and Mareton (1846). He wrote as a dramatic critic to the New Times and later as a foreign correspondent. Croly was the leading contributor to the Literary Gazette and Blackwood’s Magazine, published from 1817–25. Croly was also associated with the Tory magazine Britannia. His chief contribution to theological literature is an exposition of the Apocalypse. One of his hymns is Spirit of God, descend upon my heart written in 1854.


This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J.M. Dent & sons; New York, E.P. Dutton.

Julian, John (June, 1907). A Dictionary of Hymnology. London: John Murray, 269. 

Bailey, Albert Edward (1950). The Gospel in Hymns. New York: Charles Scribner's sons, 396-397. 

Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Calvin College. Hymn Writers of the Church. Retrieved on 2007-02-17.

Cyberhymnal. George Croly. Retrieved on 2007-02-17.

Anne Zanzucchi, General Editor. The Apocalypse in English Romantic Literature. Retrieved on 2007-02-17.

University of Nottingham, Manuscripts and Special Collections staff,. Manuscripts & Special Collections. Retrieved on 2007-02-17.

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