George Payne was born in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire on 17 September 1781 and died in Plymouth on 19 June 1848. Though his father became a Baptist minister, he was trained for the Congregational ministry at Hoxton Academy (1802–1804) and, as a Dr Williams Scholar, went on to Glasgow University, of which he became MA (1807). In recognition of the publication in 1828 (subsequent editions in 1842, 1845) of his Elements of Mental and Moral Science he was awarded Glasgow's LL.D. Following assistantships at Salem, Leeds (1807–1808) and Fish Street, Hull (1808–12) he became minister at Albany Street Chapel, Edinburgh (1812–23). There followed a tutorship at Blackburn Independent Academy (1823–9) and the Presidency of Western [Congregational] College, Exeter (1829–48). Payne died in the year of the College's removal to Plymouth. He was Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1836, and his Congregational Lecture of 1844 was entitled The Doctrine of Original Sin.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.