Elizabeth C. Clephane

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Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane (June 18, 1830 – February 19, 1869) Daughter of Andrew Clephane Esquire, Sherriff of Fife, and Anna Maria Douglas, (Daughter of Lt Col Robert Douglas and Anna Maria Ashenhurst) was a Scottish songwriter and the author of the hymns "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" and "The Ninety and Nine".

Clephane was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and died at Bridgend House, near Melrose, Roxburghshire.

Clephane's hymns have seen a resurgence of popularity in present day gospel.[citation needed] Folklore claims that Elizabeth wrote "The Ninety and Nine" for her brother, George Clephane 1819-1851, who had "returned to the flock" only a short time before his death. As the story goes, he fell from his horse and struck his head upon a rock and was killed instantly. His grave site at Fergus, Ontario, Canada has become a pilgrimage of sorts for those who admired Clephane's hymns.

Other siblings were Anna Maria Clephane c1823-1895 and Anna Jane Douglas Clephane c1825-1910.


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