Born: De­cem­ber 10, 1824, Hunt­ly, Ab­er­deen­shire, Scot­land.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 18, 1905, Ash­ted, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Buried: Bor­di­ghe­ra, It­a­ly.

MacDonald re­ceived his MA de­gree (and hon­o­ra­ry LLD) from King’s Coll­ege, Aber­deen. He brief­ly stu­died for the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Min­is­try at High­bury Coll­ege, Lon­don, then be­came pas­tor of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church at Arun­del, Sus­sex (1850-1853). 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 and 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