Henry J. E. Holmes

Henry J. E. Holmes
Short Name: Henry J. E. Holmes
Full Name: Holmes, Henry J. E. (James Ernest), 1852-1938
Birth Year: 1852
Death Year: 1938

Born: March 5, 1852, Burnley, Lancashire, England.
Died: October 1938, Burnley, Lancashire, England.
Buried: Burnley, Lancashire, England.

Son of Richard and Jane Holmes, Henry’s father and great grandfather were both solicitors; his father had offices in Colne and Burnley. Henry was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. In 1875, he became an Attorney for Common Law and was admitted a Solicitor of the High Court of Chancery. He was articled to his father in November 1869, and practiced in Burnley for over 60 years, first in partnership with his brother Richard Marmaduke as Holmes and Holmes. He continued to practice on his own as Holmes and Holmes after his brother’s death in 1894, and later as Messrs. Holmes, Butterfield and Hartley. Holmes had moved from the family home on Westgate some time after the death of his sister Susannah in 1878. By 1881, he was living at 12 Palatine Square.

Holmes was intimately associated with church and Sunday school work all his life. At age 17, he became a teacher and later a lay superintendent of Sandygate Sunday school, connected with Holy Trinity Church, a position he held nearly 20 years. From the 1880’s he took a deep interest in "The Home for Little Boys" at Farningham, Kent. His desire to help in this work led to the formation of the Burnley branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Another organization that Holmes took a great interest in was the Burnley Law Society, which he helped found in 1883; he lived to be the last survivor of the eight founders.

Holmes is said to have written over 250 hymn tunes in his life.


Tunes by Henry J. E. Holmes (28)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
ANGELIC PRAISEH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)234561 71765 32125
CHARLEVILLE (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)234351 23216 53123
CRYSTAL SEAHenry James Ernest Holmes (Composer)311111 13111 11113
DERRY (Holmes)Henry James Ernest Holmes (Composer)333334 42255 54323
EVENING BLESSINGH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)212344 56514 31123
EVENSONG (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)233321 44435 65433
EVENTIDE (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)351766 55676 53643
FARNINGHAM (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)232117 65135 43434
FERNDALEH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)331171 13221 72765
GOLDEN CITYH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)351721 43121 41333
HAPPY PILGRIMSH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)334565 17654 36253
HOLY JESUH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)211765 63661 17761
INFANTS' PETITIONH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)333332 11753 21712
INFANTS' PRAYER (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)333323 45651 11712
INTERCESSOR (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)233234 44444 33176
PAX DEI (Holmes)Henry J. E. Holmes (Composer)632432 12323 45551
LINTON (Holmes)Henry James Ernest Holmes, 1852- (Composer)633221 44333 5432
LOVE DIVINE (Holmes)Henry James Ernest Holmes (Composer)434332 17155 46217
HABERGHAMHenry J. E. Holmes (Composer)335216 56443 33451
[Chant] (Holmes 53176)H. J. E. Holmes, 1852- (Composer)253176 65432 11721
NUNC DIMITTIS (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)212171 32176 55132
ONE BY ONE (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)212334 43234 31231
PATER OMNIUMHenry J. E. Holmes (Composer)8012354 21234 36511
REPOSE (Holmes)Henry James Ernest Holmes (Composer)434456 53453 25671
[Savior, teach me, day by day] (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)211215 46652 32211
SORREL HILLH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)217127 13433 22232
ST. AIDENH. J. E. Holmes (Composer)356717 65655 67176
TENDER SHEPHERD (Holmes)H. J. E. Holmes (Composer)234565 32123 45176
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