Campbell, Jane Montgomery


b Paddington, Middx (C London) 1817, d Bovey Tracey, Devon 1878. After her early years in London, where she taught singing in her father’s parish school of St James, Paddington, she moved to Bovey Tracey nr Newton Abbot, and remained there until her death from a tragic carriage accident on Dartmoor. As well as a ‘musical enthusiast’ she was a gifted linguist and German scholar whose translations appeared in 1862 in A Garland of Songs: or, an English Liederkranz. This contained the text which became a classic as the quintessential harvest hymn for Victorians and their successors. It was followed by Children’s Chorale Book (1869). Both these collections were compiled with her assistance by Charles S Bere. Her own Handbook for Singers comprised musical exercises based on her teaching experience. ‘Montgomery’ was a family name. No.919.

Hymns and songs by Campbell, Jane Montgomery

Number Hymn Name
919 We plough the fields, and scatter