Sandy McDonald

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The Very Reverend
Alexander McDonald
Moderator of the General Assembly
Church Church of Scotland
In office 1997 to 1998
Predecessor John McIndoe
Successor Alan Main
Personal details
Born 5 November 1937
Bishopbriggs, Scotland
Died 17 March 2016 (aged 78)
Erskine, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Presbyterianism
Spouse Helen McLeod McDonald (?–15 July 2007; her death)
Children Blair McDonald
Karen McDonald
David Tennant (born David John McDonald)
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Trinity College, Glasgow

Alexander "Sandy" McDonald (5 November 1937 – 17 March 2016)[1][2] was a Scottish minister of the Church of Scotland who served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 1997 to 1998.

Background[edit]

McDonald was born in Bishopbriggs in 1937, the son of Jessie Helen Low and Alexander M. McDonald.[2] 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.[3][4]

Following theological studies in the 1960s, his first position after completing his studies was in the rural Church of Scotland, in Longriggend, north Lanarkshire, 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 from 1997 to 1998. 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! and was also interviewed on VIP, also an STV religious show. His role as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meant he was one of the public figures who led tributes to Princess Diana upon her death in 1997 in a BBC broadcast. 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. He was one of the interviewees for his son's Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards in 2015, during which David dedicated his award to his father.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McDonald was married to his wife Helen (daughter of former footballer Archie McLeod) for over 40 years, prior to her death on 15 July 2007.[6][7] They had three children: a daughter named Karen, and two sons - Blair and David, the latter a well known actor with the stage name David Tennant.

In a 2015 interview, he disclosed that he was terminally ill with pulmonary fibrosis, a degenerative lung condition. In the same interview, he spoke in support of "right to die" campaigns.[8] McDonald died on 17 March 2016.[9]

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Religious titles
Preceded by
John H. McIndoe
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Prof. Alan Main