William Bruce Robertson (1820-86)
William Bruce Robertson was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland. He matriculated at Glasgow University and from 1837 to 1841 studied at Secession Theological Hall in Edinburgh. In 1841 he enrolled briefly at Halle University in Germany and travelled through Italy and Switzerland. In 1843 he was ordained into the Presbyterian ministry. In later life Robertson suffered from ill health, which compelled him to winter on the continent, and which finally led to his death.
In 1854 he published a collection of hymns for use in his Sunday School, including a well-known translation of "Dies Irae". He was renowned as a preacher and as a writer.
Source: Dictionary of National Biography