Mary (Bowly) Peters

17 April 1813 – 29 July 1856


MRS. PETERS was the author of Hymns Intended to help the Communion of Saints, a small volume, contain­ing fifty-eight numbers, published at London, in 1847. She was the daughter of Richard Bowly, of Cirencester, England, where she was born. She became the wife of the Rev. John McWilliam Peters, who, in 1822, was instituted the Rector of Quenington, in Gloucestershire; obtaining also (1825) the Vicarage of Langford, Berkshire, with the Chapelry of Little Farringdon, Oxfordshire. She was left a widow in 1834. In addition to her Hymns, she pub­lished, in seven volumes, The World’s History from the Creation to the Accession of Queen Victoria. Her later years were passed at Clifton, Gloucestershire, where she died, July 29, 1856.

by Edwin Hatfield
The Poets of the Church (1884)


Featured Hymns:

Through the love of God our Saviour

Collections of Hymns:

Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (London: D. Walther, 1842): PDF (1846)

Hymns Intended to Help the Communion of Saints (1847)

Edward Walker, Psalms and Hymns for Public and Social Worship (Cheltenham: Wight & Bailey, 1855): PDF

Related Resources:

Edwin Hatfield, “Mary [Bowly] Peters,” The Poets of the Church (NY: Anson D.F. Randolph, 1884), pp. 496-497: Archive.org

John Julian, “Mary Peters née Bowly,” A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, 1892), pp. 891-892: Google Books

James Moffatt & Millar Patrick, “Mary Peters née Bowly,” Handbook to the Church Hymnary (Oxford: University Press, 1935), p. 458.

W. B. Lowther & Rosemary Mitchell, “Mary Peters [née Bowly]” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/22025