Logan, John, son of a farmer, born at Fala, Midlothian, 1748, and educated at Edinburgh University, in due course entering the ministry of the Church of Scotland and becoming the minister of South Leith in 1770. During the time he held this charge he delivered a course of lectures on philosophy and history with much success. While he was thus engaged, the chair of Universal History in the University became vacant; but as a candidate he was unsuccessful. A tragedy, entitled Runnamede, followed. He offered it to the manager of Covent Garden Theatre, but it was interdicted by the Lord Chamberlain "upon suspicion of having a seditious tendency." It was subsequently acted in Edinburgh. In 1775 he formed one of the Committee by whom the Translati… Go to person page >
In streets and openings of the gates. J. Logan. [Voice of Wisdom.] First published in the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. x., in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. We have ascribed this paraphrase to J. Logan. In Miss J. E. Leeson's Paraphrases and Hymns, 1853, No. 43, this hymn opens with the same first line; but it is a rewritten form of the hymn in 4 stanzas by Miss Leeson.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)