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 >
Thy throne, O God, in righteousness. J. Montgomery. [For Schools.] The earliest work in which this hymn has been found is Select Portions of Psalms from the New Version, Hymns and Anthems, &c, compiled by the Rev. Dr. Sutton, Vicar of Sheffield, for use in that Parish Church, circa 1815, 2nd edition, 1816, No. 103. From thence it passed into Cotterill's Selection, 1819; Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 542; and his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 343. Among modern collections it is found in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879; Major's Book of Praise, &c.