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 >
We plan foundations for the dead. J. Montgomery. [Foundation Stone of a Cemetery Chapel.] The manuscript of this hymn is dated “May 5, 1848." The hymn was written for the laying of the foundation-stone of the chapel for the Church of England portion of the Sheffield General Cemetery. Montgomery's hymn, "Father of glory, God of grace," was written for the Opening of the same, and is dated "June 27, 1850." Montgomery died on April 30, 1854, and was buried under the shadow of the spire of this chapel.