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James Montgomery (1771–1854) by Charles Turner, pubd 1819 (after John Raphael Smith) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montgomery, James (1771–1854), hymn writer and poet, was born on 4 November 1771 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the second of the four children of John Montgomery (1734–1791), and his wife, Mary, née Blackley (d. 1790). His family, originally from Scotland, had been settled for several generations in ...