Born: March 27, 1842, Glas­gow, Scot­land.

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

Buried: 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.