"Born at Farnham in Surrey in south-east England on 4th November 1740, Augustus Toplady was the son of Richard Toplady, a Royal Marines officer probably from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Richard Toplady had enlisted in 1739 and had risen to the rank of major; he had seen action in the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in May 1741, but later became ill and died, probably yellow fever.
Photo above: English: Rock of Ages, Burrington Combe. Taken by Rod Ward 15th August 2006
Augustus Toplady moved with his mother Catherine from Farnham to Westminster attended where he attended Westminster School from the age of 10 until the age of 15. In 1755, Catherine and Augustus moved to Ireland, and Augustus was enrolled in Trinity College, Dublin.
It was in August 1755, that Toplady went to a religious gathering at a barn in Codymain, Co Wexford and heard a sermon preached by James Morris, a follower of John Wesley. Toplady’s relationship with Wesley was later to become so bitter that he denied Morris had any connection with Wesley. Toplady was to remember this sermon as the time at which he received his calling from God."
"Authorisation for commissions for Benjamin Gregge, Hugh Murray, Christopher Hutchinson, Benjamin Blackerby, Francis Burdett, Richard Toplady, James Brown, Edward Godfrey and John Bell to be second lieutenants in Colonel Lewis Ducie Moreton's regiment of marines. Dated at Whitehall
Date: 1739 December 27"
English: Portrait of Augustus Toplady