He was born in Glen Orchy, Argyleshire, Scotland in 1812 and grew up there. McColl came to Upper Canada in 1831. He married Jeannet Campbell in 1845; in 1858, he married Mary McIntyre after his first wife's death. He served on the councils for Middlesex and Elgin counties. His son Dugald also later represented Elgin West in the legislative assembly. He died in Southwold in 1878, aged 66.
- Member's parliamentary history for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
- The Canadian parliamentary companion HJ Morgan (1869) pp. 171-2
- Biographical sketches of some of the residents of Elgin County. p. 16.
- "CANADA" The Globe (1844-1936) [Toronto, Ont] 24 Apr 1878: 2.
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