Sandy McDonald (minister)

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Rev. Dr. Alexander McDonald
Born (1937-11-05) 5 November 1937 (age 77)
Bishopbriggs, Scotland
Nationality British
Other names Sandy
Occupation Retired minister
Spouse(s) Helen McDonald (?-15 July 2007) (her death)
Children Blair McDonald
Karen McDonald
David Tennant (born David John McDonald)

Alexander "Sandy" McDonald (born 5 November 1937)[1] is a Scottish retired minister. He served as a minister of the Church of Scotland, and was the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1997-8).


McDonald was born in Bishopbriggs in 1937, the son of Jessie Helen Low and Alexander M. McDonald.[1] He worked in the timber industry in the 1950s, prior to National Service in the Royal Air Force. He studied at the University of Glasgow before training for the ministry at Trinity College.[2]

Following theological studies in the 1960s, he served as minister at St David's Parish Church, Bathgate (1968–1974), then at St Mark's Parish Church, Ralston (1974–1988) and then as General Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Board of Ministry until he retired in 2002. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1997–8. His formal title (following the end of his Moderatorial year) is The Very Reverend Dr Alexander McDonald.

Television career[edit]

In the early 1980s, he co-presented the Scottish Television religious magazine programme That's the Spirit!. In May 2008, he made a non-speaking cameo appearance in the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp", playing the part of a footman alongside his son. They also appeared together on an episode of celebrity Ready Steady Cook

Personal life[edit]

McDonald survives his wife Helen, daughter of former footballer Archie McLeod, who died on 15 July 2007.[3][4] He has a daughter, Karen, and two sons, Blair and David, who is better known as the actor David Tennant.


  1. ^ a b Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ: The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, Volume 10. Oliver and Boyd. 1981. ISBN 9780715204955. 
  2. ^ "Very Rev. Dr. Alexander McDonald". Frost's Scottish Who's Who. 
  3. ^ "Tributes pour in for Helen". Paisley Daily Express. 20 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Deaths". Glasgow Evening Times. 19 July 2007. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
John H. McIndoe
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Succeeded by
Prof. Alan Main