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 James Montgomery

James Montgomery

Birth
East Ayrshire, Scotland
Death 30 Apr 1854 (aged 82)
Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Burial Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Memorial ID 111852965 · View Source
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He was a British editor, hymnwriter and poet. He was particularly associated with humanitarian causes such as the campaigns to abolish slavery and to end the exploitation of child chimney sweeps. His father, John Montgomery, had at all events been born in the condition of a labourer at Ballykennedy, co. Antrim, in 1733. Having embraced the tenets of the Moravians, who had founded a settlement in the neighbourhood, to which they had given the name of Grace Hill, the elder Montgomery became a minister; married a member of the Moravian community in 1768, and at the time of his son's birth had just arrived at Irvine to take charge of the Moravian congregation, at that time the only one in Scotland. He returned to Ireland in 1775, and in 1777 James was sent to school at the Moravian establishment at Fulneck, near Leeds. His parents proceeded in 1783 as missionaries to Barbados, and there his father died of yellow fever in 1791. His mother, Mary Montgomery, had died at Tobago in the previous year.

Gravesite Details The grave and Grade II listed monument to James Montgomery, were moved to the grounds of Sheffield Cathedral in 1971

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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 6 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111852965
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Montgomery (4 Nov 1771–30 Apr 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111852965, citing Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .