1823–1864

Introduction

Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 18, 1823, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.

Died: No­vem­ber 27, 1864, Men­ton, France.

Buried: High­gate Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.

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Biography

Burns earned his MA de­gree at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ed­in­burgh, and re­ceived his the­o­lo­gic­al train­ing un­der Tho­mas Chal­mers.

In 1845, he be­came a Free Church min­is­ter in Dun­blane, Scot­land, but re­signed in 1848 due to bad health. He then took charge of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church at Fun­chal, Ma­dei­ra, Por­tu­gal.

In 1855, his health im­proved, and he re­turned to Eng­land and be­came min­is­ter of Hamp­stead Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in Lon­don. Af­ter nine years, he again tra­veled abroad due to ill health.

Works

His hymns appeared in:

Burns al­so wrote the ar­ti­cle Hymn in the 8th ed­i­tion of the En­cy­clo­pe­dia Bri­tan­ni­ca.

Sources

Lyrics

Translations