May 13, 1839, Montrose, Angus, Scotland.

August 22, 1885, Portree, Scotland, of an accident.


Mackay graduated from the University of Edinburgh and initially worked as a doctor. However, he was ordained, and in 1868 became pastor of the Prospect Street Presbyterian Church in Hull. He married Mary Loughton Livingstone 1868 in Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire; they were living in Sculcoates, Yorkshire, as of 1881. Seventeen of his hymns appeared in W. Reid’s Praise Book in 1872. His works include:

  1. Memories of Earth
  2. Revive Us Again
  3. We Take the Guilty Sinner’s Name
  4. Worthy Is the Lamb!

Does anyone know where & when Mackay’s conversion testimony (where he describes finding his old discarded Bible under the pillow of a dead patient) was originally published? We’d like to include it on this page, if we can verify its accuracy & cite the original source. If you can help, would you send us an e-mail? Thanks!

Mackay’s burial place