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