1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Montgomery

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:936.



JAMES MONTGOMERY (son of John Montgomery, Moravian minister at Irvine, Ayrshire, d. Barbados 27 June 1791). b. Irvine 4 Nov. 1771; ed. at Moravian school, Fulneck near Leeds 1777-86; clerk in office of Mr. Gales' Sheffield Register April 1793, became the working editor of the paper 1794; in partnership with Benjamin Naylor purchased Gales' newspaper business 1794 and brought out the Sheffield Iris 4 July 1794, proprietor of the paper 1794, retired 4 November 1825; wrote for the Eclectic Review; lectured on poetry at Royal Institution 1830 and 1831, these lectures were published 1833; granted civil list pension of £150, 1835; author of Prison amusements 1796; The whisperer, or tales and speculations. By Gabriel Silver-tongue, No. 1 May 28, 1795, No. 24 Nov. 5, 1795, he afterward suppressed this volume; his chief poems are The Wanderer of Switzerland 1806, 7 ed. 1815; The West Indies 1810, 7 ed. 1826; The world before the flood 1813, 7 ed. 1826; Greenland 1819; The Pelican island 1826, 2 ed. 1828; wrote many hymns which were collected 1853, more than 100 of them are still used; his collected poems were published in 4 vols. 1841, 9 ed. 1881. d. The Mount, Sheffield 30 April 1854. bur. Sheffield cemetery 10 May, where is monument by John Bell, full-length portrait by Barber in Sheffield literary and philosophical institute. J. Holland and J. Everett's Life of James Montgomery 7 vols. (1854-56), four portraits; J. W. King's J. Montgomery (1858), portrait; S. C. Hall's Book of memories (1883) 81-93; Papers of the Manchester literary club (1889) 385-92, 435-40; Samuel Ellis's Life, times and character of James Montgomery (1864); W. Howitt's Home and haunts, ii 292-322 (1847), 3 ed. (1857) 556-77; Pen and ink sketches 2 ed. (1847) 209-21; I. L. N. [Illustrated London News] xxiv 417-18, 551 (1854) portrait, xxvii 436 (1855); The living poets of England (Paris 1827) i. 476-522; J. A. Langford's Prison books (1861) 287-315; G. Gilfillan's A second gallery of literary portraits (1850) 313-23; Chambers's Biog. dict. of eminent Scotsmen, iii 161-64 (1870), portrait.