Gilbert Young Tickle

TICKLE, Gilbert Young. b. Maryport, Cumberland (now Cumbria), 30 June 1819; d. Liverpool, 21 April 1888. Tickle was the greatest hymn-writer among Churches of Christ in Great Britain and Ireland. He was born in Maryport, the thirteenth in a family of sixteen, and after education in a dame’s school, finishing with a master, he was apprenticed to a draper in Carlisle at the age of 14. Brought up in a hyper-Calvinist Scotch Baptist family, he became a Sunday School teacher in the Independent Chapel in Carlisle, and was then baptized by a Baptist Home Missionary in the River Eden in November 1838. At the end of his apprenticeship in 1839 he followed his father to Liverpool, where he became a...

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