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Illogan Highway is a village on the A30 main road west of Redruth in Cornwall, United Kingdom.[1] It is in the civil parish of Carn Brea.

Illogan Highway
Illogan Highway Methodist Church and Church Hall - - 1185643.jpg
Illogan Highway Methodist Church and Church Hall
Illogan Highway is located in Cornwall
Illogan Highway
Illogan Highway
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW672418
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRedruth
Postcode districtTR15
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
50°13′48″N 5°15′58″W / 50.230°N 5.266°W / 50.230; -5.266Coordinates: 50°13′48″N 5°15′58″W / 50.230°N 5.266°W / 50.230; -5.266

Thomas Merritt (1863-1908), who composed several Christmas carols, including "Hark the Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes" and "Lo! He Comes, an Infant Stranger" was organist at the Methodist church (pictured) from 1889 until his death in 1908. Merritt was born at Illogan,[2] the son of Thomas Merritt; he also composed an oratorio “The Christian Soldier” and a sacred cantata “Shepherd of Israel”.[3][4] Thomas Merritt, whose carols are sung by Cornishmen worldwide and who was commissioned to write the 1902 Coronation March for Edward VII, is buried in Illogan churchyard.[5]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End & Isles of Scilly (St Ives & Lizard Point) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2009. ISBN 978-0-319-23289-7.
  2. ^ "Thomas Merritt". BBC. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ Parish of St Illogan; Thomas Merritt
  4. ^ "Twelve Cornish Carols: Thomas Merritt". Trevada Music. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)