December 10, 1824, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

September 18, 1905, Ashtead, Surrey, England.

Cimitero Inglese di Bordighera, Bordighera, Italy.


MacDonald received his MA degree (and honorary LLD) from King’s College, University of Aberdeen. He briefly studied for the Congregational Ministry at Highbury College, London, then became pastor of the Congregational Church at Arundel, Sussex (1850–53). He afterwards preached for a short time to a small company at Manchester and Bolton. Relinquishing the ministry, he became a lecturer on English literature at King’s College, London, and ultimately gave himself up entirely to literary pursuits. His works include:

Most of MacDonald’s hymns were contributed to Hymns and Sacred Songs for Sunday Schools, edited by himself, his brother, and G. B. Bubier (Manchester, England: Fletcher & Tubbs, 1855). Others appeared in The Disciple, and Other Poems.

  1. Daylight Fades Away
  2. Father, I Well May Praise Thy Name
  3. Father, These Souls of Ours Have Been
  4. If We Were Longing for the Food
  5. It Was an Awful Hour That Gave
  6. Let Thy Own Voice, O Father, Say
  7. O Son of Man, Thy Name by Choice
  8. Our Father, Hear Our Longing Prayer
  9. O God, Whose Daylight Leadeth Down
  10. O Lord of Life, Thy Quickening Voice
  11. Quiet Heart, Submissive, Meek, A
  12. They All Were Looking for a King