1842–1906
portrait

March 27, 1842, Glas­gow, Scot­land.

Au­gust 28, 1906, Av­en­ell House, North Ber­wick, East Lo­thi­an, Scot­land.

Family vault, Glas­gow Ne­crop­o­lis.

George was the son of George and Jane Math­es­on.

Born with poor vi­sion, his eye­sight grad­u­al­ly wors­ened un­til he was al­most to­tal­ly blind. How­ev­er, he was ac­a­dem­ic­al­ly gift­ed, and his sis­ters learned Latin, Greek, and He­brew to help him study. He grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ed­in­burgh (MA 1862), then be­came a min­is­ter in the Church of Scot­land.

He served a pas­tor­ate in the re­sort town of In­nel­lan for 18 years; due to his abil­i­ty to mem­o­rize ser­mons and en­tire sec­tions of the Bi­ble, list­en­ers were of­ten un­a­ware he was blind.

In 1886, Math­e­son be­came pas­tor of St. Ber­nard’s Church in Ed­in­burgh, where he served 13 years. He spent the rest of his life in lit­er­a­ry efforts. His works in­clude:

  1. Come, Let Us Raise a Common Song
  2. Father Divine, I Come to Thee
  3. Gather Us In, Thou Love That Fillest All
  4. Jesus, Fountain of My Days
  5. Lend Me, O Lord, Thy Softening Cloud
  6. Lord, Thou Hast All My Frailty Made
  7. Make Me a Captive, Lord
  8. O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
  9. There Are Coming Changes Great
  10. Three Doors There Are in the Temple