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 >
There is a river pure and bright. J. Montgomery. [Hope of Heaven.] From his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 229, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Rugby School Chapel Hymns, 1872 and 1906, it is abbreviated to stanzas i-iv.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)