Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >
To-day the Lord our Shepherd leads. J. Montgomery. [The Good Shepherd.] Printed on a broadsheet for the use of Sheffield Sunday School Whit-Monday gathering, June 11,1821, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and signed "J. M." There is also a copy in the Mongomery manuscript in Montgomery's handwriting, dated "Sep. 14, 1833." The text in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 161, is slightly altered from the broadsheet of 1821. In a few collections it begins “Now may the Lord our Shepherd lead."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)