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