Sep­tem­ber 18, 1746, White­hill, Cair­nie, Ab­er­deen­shire, Scot­land.

June 12, 1798, Ca­nis­bay, Caith­ness, Scot­land.

It is mor­ti­fy­ing to think that not ev­en a com­mon slab in­di­cates the spot where re­pos­es the dust of one of the best po­ets of the Church of Scot­land.

James T. Cal­der
Sketch of the Ci­vil and Tra­di­tion­al History of Caith­ness from the 10th Cen­tu­ry, 2nd ed­i­tion (Wick: W. Rae, 1887)

In the Church of Scot­land in Cair­nie, Ab­er­deen­shire, a plaque reads:

Sacred to the Memory of
Poet and Divine.
Born at Whitehill, Cairney, 18th Sept. 1746
Ordained Minister of the Pa­rish of Canisbay,
26th Sept. 1780; Died there, 12th June 1798.
To him the Church of Scotland owes
Seven of the finest of her
In Gratitude for which this Tablet
Was erected by the Church Guilds of
His native parish and other friends.
His power increasing still shall spread.
His reign no end shall know;
Justice shall guard his throne above,
And peace abound below.
- Par. XIX.6.

Morison gra­du­at­ed from King’s Col­lege, Ab­er­deen, be­fore se­ver­al teach­ing jobs in Caith­ness He then stu­died Greek at Ed­in­burgh.

He was or­dained in 1780, and was soon in­volved at the As­sem­bly in re­vis­ing Trans­la­tions and Par­a­phras­es. He al­so wrote po­ems that ap­peared in the Ed­in­burgh Week­ly.

  1. Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God
  2. Race That Long in Dark­ness Pined, The
  3. To Us a Child of Hope Is Born
  4. ’Twas on That Night When Doomed to Know