A former pupil of Wesley College, Dublin, and a graduate of Trinity College, he researched the Philosophy of Religious Language for an M Litt. He has spent 57 years in the pastoral ministery in Ireland and England. He has published a history of Christianity, 120 School Assemblies (mainly on world religions); and, more recently, a defence of religious language in a scientific age. For some years he was a Tutor in the College of Preachers Degree Course and is a Canon of Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals.
He was introduced to Percy French’s songs at school concerts – and by a singing group called The Antlers. More recently a former school classmate gave him some books of Percy French songs, which he occasionally sings in public! He considers Percy French’s observation of people, makes him a fascinating, if unsuspected, historian and psychologist!