James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >
Father of Jesus Christ our Lord. J. Montgomery. [Public Worship.] This was printed for use of the Sheffield Church National Schools Festival, Whitmonday, 1840; again for the Sheffield Wesleyan Sunday School Union Whitsuntide Festival, 1851; and in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)