August 12, 1812, New York City.

December 29, 1899, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


At age 14, MacKellar entered the printing company of Harper Brothers. In 1833, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and joined the type foundry of Johnson & Smith as a proofreader. He subsequently became a foreman, then a partner, in the firm, which from 1860 was known as MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan. MacKellar’s works include:

  1. At the Door of Mercy Sighing
  2. Bear the Burden of the Present
    • All Unseen the Master Walketh
  3. Book of Grace and Book of Glory
  4. Constant Friend, A
  5. Draw Nigh to the Holy
  6. Father, in My Life’s Young Morning
  7. I Have No Hiding Place
  8. I Will Extol Thee Every Day
  9. In the Vineyard of Our Father
  10. Jesus! When My Soul Is Parting
  11. My Father Blessed Me
  12. O the Darkness, O the Sorrow
  13. There Is a Land Immortal