BONAR, ANDREW ALEXANDER: Free Church of Scotland; b. at Edinburgh May 29, 1810, youngest brother of Horatius Boner; d. in Glasgow Dec. 30, 1892. He studied at Edinburgh; was minister at Collate, Perthshire, 1838-56, of the Finnieston Church, Glasgow, 1856 till his death. He joined the Free Church in 1843, and was its moderator in 1878. He was identified with evangelical and revival movements and adhered to the doctrine of premillenialism. With the Rev. R. M. McCheyne he visited Palestine in 1839 to inquire into the condition of the Jews there, and published A Narrative of a Mission of Inquiry to the Jews from the Church of Scotland in 1839 (Edinburgh, 1842); he also published a Memoir of Mr. McCheyne (1845); a Commentary on Leviticus (1846); Redemption Drawing Nigh, a defence of Premillenialism (1847); Christ and his Church in the Book of Psalms (1859); edited Samuel Rutherford's Letters (1863); and wrote many tracts, pamphlets, and minor biographies.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: A. A. Boner, Diary and Letters, edited by his daughter, Marjory Boner, London, 1895, who published also a volume of Reminiscences, ib. 1895.
BONAR, HORATIUS: Free Church of Scotland;
b. in Edinburgh Dec. 19, 1808; d. there July 31,
1889. He studied at Edinburgh; became minister
at Kelso 1837, at the Chalmers Memorial Church,
Edinburgh, 1866; with his congregation he joined
the Free Church in 1843. He was a premillenarian
and expressed his views in books, such as Prophetical
Landmarks (London, 1847), and in the Quarterly
Journal of Prophecy, which he founded in 1849.
He is best known for his poems and hymns which
include "What a friend we have in Jesus," "I heard
the voice of Jesus say," and others equally familiar.
The best known collections of his verse are Hymns
of Faith and Hope (3 vols., 1857-66); The Song
of the New Creation and other pieces (1872); Hymns
of the Nativity (1878); Songs of Love and Joy (1888);
Until the Daybreak and other hymns left behind
(1890). His prose publications, besides sermons,
tracts etc., include The Night of Weeping, or words
for the suffering family of God (1846); God's Way
of Peace (1862); The White Fields of France:
or the story of Mr. McAll's mission to the workingmen
of Paris and Lyons (1879); Life and Work
of G. T. Dodds (1884).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Horatius Bonar, a Memorial, London, 1889; S. W. Duffield, English Hymns, pp. 168-169 and passim, New York, 1886; Julian, Hymnology, pp. 161-162; DNB, supplement vol. i, 231-232.
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