Horatius Bonar was born in Edinburgh in 1808 and was educated at the High School and the University of Edinburgh. He was ordained as Minister of Kelso North Parish Church, in 1837. With the Disruption of 1843, he left the Established Church and joined the Free Church. He left Kelso in 1866 to go to the Chalmers Memorial Church in Edinburgh. During his time in Kelso, however, he had written and published three series of 'Hymns of Faith and Hope'. It is for some of these hymns that he is best remembered; particularly, for, 'I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say' and 'Glory Be to God the Father' which are still sung today. When he died in 1889, he was mourned by Christians around the world who knew him through his tracts and hymns.