McDonald, Alexander (1882-1973)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ALEXANDER McDONALD: who died on 11th March, 1973 in the ninety-first year of his age and the sixty-fifth of his ministry served in the following circuits: Halstead and Great Bardfield, Dover and Deal, Crewe, Blackburn, Wigton, Durham, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Crewe, Berwick-on-Tweed and Pickering (West).


Alexander was born on 19 December 1882 at Sherburn Hill, Co. Durham, parents Hugh, a police constable (1881) and died in 1888, and Agnes, baking powder packer (1891).

The 1901 census records Alexander working in a coal mine.

He married Elizabeth Ethel Watson (1889-1944) in the summer of 1912 in the Houghton Le Spring Registration District, Co. Durham. Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Jameson Watson. Birth records identify three children.

  • Muriel Norma (1913-1972) – a school teacher (1939); married Wilfrid Phillipson in 1947
  • Donald Andrew (1915-1993)
  • Agnes Irene (1916-2011) – state registered nurse (1939); married Richard G Salkeld in 1945

Alexander died on 11 March 1973 Crossways Green, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1908 Halstead &c
  • 1910 Dover & Deal
  • 1912 Crewe II
  • 1915 Blackburn III
  • 1919 Wigton
  • 1923 Durham
  • 1928 Middleton in Teesdale
  • 1933 Crewe
  • 1937 Berwick
  • 1944 Pickering W
  • 1949 Barnard Castle (S)


Methodist Minutes 1974/146

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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