b Glasgow 1843, d Prestwick, nr Kilmarnock (S Ayrshire) 1923. Research into the life of this evangelical Scottish Victorian author, known almost entirely for one distinctive hymn, have so far yielded little result; among several Scotsmen of that name, connections or the lack of them are hard to verify. But this one belonged to the Plymouth Brethren; he worked as a lawyer in Glasgow until retiring to Prestwick. He seems to have kept no record of the hymns he wrote, but his best known text, at least, was published first in Aberdeen by the Northern Bible and Tract Room. No.608.