Daniel James Macdonnell

Daniel James Macdonnell, Presbyterian minister (b at Bathurst, NB 15 Jan 1843; d at Fergus, Ont 19 Feb 1896). After graduating from Queen's University in 1858, Macdonnell taught school before studying theology in Scotland and Germany.

Macdonnell, Daniel James

Daniel James Macdonnell, Presbyterian minister (b at Bathurst, NB 15 Jan 1843; d at Fergus, Ont 19 Feb 1896). After graduating from Queen's University in 1858, Macdonnell taught school before studying theology in Scotland and Germany. Called to a church in Peterborough in 1866 and to St Andrew's, Toronto, in 1870, he became renowned as one of the most influential preachers in late Victorian Canada. An original theological thinker and friend of philosopher G.P. YOUNG, Macdonnell publicly voiced his doubts about certain Calvinistic doctrines. He was tried for heresy in 1876 and acquitted 2 years later.


Further Reading

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 13, 653-655.