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 >
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."