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Anne Ross Cousin

COUSIN, Anne Ross (née Cundell). b. Hull, Yorkshire, 27 April 1824; d. Edinburgh, 6 December 1906. The daughter of a Scottish army surgeon, she moved to Leith, near Edinburgh, as a small child. In 1847 she married William Cousin, who became the minister of the Free Church of Scotland at Irvine, Ayrshire, and later Free Church minister of Melrose, Roxburghshire. When at Irvine, she wrote her best known hymn, ‘The sands of time are sinking’*. She published a collection of poems, Immanuel’s Land and other Pieces (1876) by ‘A.R.C.’. Her hymns were popular in Scottish books: seven were published in The Service of Praise (Edinburgh, 1865) and four in the Presbyterian Hymnal (Edinburgh,...

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