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Donald MacRae Rev.
MacRae, Donald Rev.
Rev. Donald MacRae, M. A., (Aberdeen) D.D., (Queen's) was born at
Hopewell, 1834, where his father, Rev. John Macrae, was minister. He
graduated in Arts and Theology from the University of Aberdeen, and
was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, in 1856. Dr. Macrae was
a notable figure in the work of the Church in Canada, and held an
eminent place as a preacher, being a most energetic worker. As
minister in charge of his father's former congregation at Hopewell,
N. S., as pastor in St. John's, Newfoundland, and in St. John, N.
B.; as leader in connection with home mission work in the Presbytery
of St. John; and later, as Principal of Morrin College, Quebec, he
did most excellent and effective work, never grudging time or
strength in the service of the Church or in the interests of the
cause of righteousness in the land. He was the sixth Moderator of
the General Assembly, held in Montreal, in 1880. He died at the home
of his son, Rev. A. O. MacRae, Ph. D., Calgary, Alta., November 24,
1909. Another son, Rev. D. N. MacRae, Ph. D., is minister in
Forrest, John Rev.
Rev. John Forrest, D. D., LL.D., was born in New Glasgow, 1842. He
is a son of the late Alexander Forrest, M. D. He was educated at the
Presbyterian College, Truro and Halifax, and was ordained and
inducted into the ministerial charge of St. John's Church, Halifax,
in 1866. He succeeded Principal Ross at Dalhousie College. The
growth and prosperity of Dalhousie during his presidency is
sufficient evidence of his wise administration.
Dr. Forrest, for many years, has been a leader in the courts of the
Presbyterian Church. At the General Assembly of 1910, he was elected
Moderator. He retired from the Principal-ship of Dalhousie in 1911,
having well earned the right to a period of rest in the evening of
MacKenzie, A. Stanley
A. Stanley MacKenzie, Ph. D., F. R. S. C., born at Pictou in 1865,
was appointed to the presidency of Dalhousie University on the
retirement of Dr. Forrest. He took his preparatory course at Pictou
Academy; in 1885 he graduated with high honors from Dalhousie
University. He received his Ph. D., degree from Johns Hopkins
University, and later studied in Germany and England. After
graduating he was appointed tutor of Mathematics, and in 1905 Prof.
MacKinnon, Clarence Rev.
Rev. Clarence MacKinnon, M. A., D. D., was born at Hopewell, N. S.,
in 1868. He is a son of the late Rev. John Mackinnon, a minister of
the village for many years. His mother was Margaret Tait of
Edinburgh. He received his degree of M. A., from Edinburgh
University in 1889; his degree of B. D., from the New College,
Edinburgh, 1896. He has ministered to congregations in Middle
Stewiacke, N. S.; Park St. Church, Halifax; St. Andrew's Church,
Sydney, and Westminster Church, Winnipeg. Since 1909 he has been the
esteemed Principal of the Presbyterian College, Halifax, and Prof.
of Systematic Theology. He is a very popular and effective preacher
The story of Messrs. McKenzie, Bayne, McGregor and Purves, the first
of Nova Scotian students to take a post-graduate course in Germany,
is one of peculiar interest to all. They crossed the Atlantic
together in 1874.
McKinzie, John J.
John J. McKenzie, the first mentioned, was Professor of Physics in
Dalhousie College, Halifax, when he died, in the thirty-second year
of his age. To go back to his earlier years, he was born at Green
Hill, Pictou County, in 1847. He took his arts course at Halifax,
winning the master's degree in 1872. Two years later he went to
Germany with his fellow students; and, after a distinguished course
in the University of Leipsic, received the honorable distinction,
Doctor of Philosophy in 1877. On his return from Germany, he was
appointed to the Chair of Physics in Dalhousie College, which he
occupied less than two years, when he was stricken down in the prime
of his young manhood.
In addition to the regular work of the College, he delivered a
series of popular lectures on scientific subjects before the
citizens of Halifax, and was an active promoter of the Technical
Institute. His devotion to science was the immediate cause of his
death, which took place, February 2, 1879. Dr. Bayne, who was his
constant companion for nearly half his life, was with him the night
he died. He was buried, amid the regrets of students and friends, at
his old home, Green Hill. In his death Nova Scotia lost an
accomplished student of Science and a splendid specimen of manhood.
Bayne, Herbert A.
Herbert A. Bayne, his life long friend, was a son of Rev. James
Bayne D. D., Pictou. He was born in 1846, and graduated from
Dalhousie College in 1871. For several years he was principal of
Pictou Academy. In 1874 he went to Germany to take a post-graduate
course in Chemistry, first at Leipsic University. He took his degree
at Heidelburg. Here he studied under the eminent chemist, Bunsen;
and received his degree cum multa laude, in 1876. On his return to
Nova Scotia, he was appointed Principal of the High School, Halifax.
Resigning from this position, he was appointed Professor of
Chemistry in the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont., where he
endeared himself to faculty and students by his many manly
qualities. Ill health compelled him to resign, and he died in
Pictou, September 18, 1886, in the fortieth year of his age.
Pictonians at Home and Abroad, 1914