Duckworth, Francis

Organist, born at Rimington in Ribblesdale, Yorks on Christmas Day, 1862. At 5 he moved with his family to the nearby village of Stopper Lane, where he received his only music lessons. At 12 he became organist of Stopper Lane WM Chapel, moving to Colne in 1882 to work for his brother, a printer. Seven years later, following in his father's footsteps, he founded a successful grocery business. He was organist at Albert Road WM Chapel, Colne, 1894-1929. The hymn tune 'Rimington', printed in 1904 though written long before, has proved internationally popular, often set to Watts's words 'Jesus shall reign where'er the sun' (HP 239; SF 328). He died at Colne on 16 August 1941.

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