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John Francis Wade

born in 1711 in England, United Kingdom

died on 16/8/1786 in Douai, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

John Francis Wade

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John Francis Wade (1711 – 16 August 1786) was an English hymnist who is sometimes credited with writing and composing the hymn "Adeste Fideles" (which was later translated to "O Come All Ye Faithful"), even though the actual authorship of the hymn remains uncertain. The earliest copies of the hymn all bear his signature.[1]

Born either in England or in Douai, Flanders, France, Wade fled to France after the Jacobite rising of 1745 was crushed. As a Catholic layman, he lived with exiled English Catholics in France, where he taught music and worked on church music for private use.

Jacobite symbolism

Bennett Zon, Head of the Department of Music at Durham University, has noted that Wade's Roman Catholic liturgical books were often decorated with Jacobite floral imagery. He argued that the texts had coded Jacobite meanings. He describes the hymn "Adeste Fideles" as a birth ode to Bonnie Prince Charlie, replete with secret references decipherable by the "faithful": the followers of the Pretender, James Francis Edward Stuart.[2][3]


  1. ^ LindaJo H. McKim (1993). "The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion". P. 47. Westminster John Knox Press,
  2. ^ "Carol is 'ode to Bonnie Prince'". BBC. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  3. ^ "News & Events : News". ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ - Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Christmas Carol. Durham University. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 

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