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The Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald

Friday 18th March 2016

It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of The Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald. Dr McDonald was Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland 1997-98 and had served The Brigade is various roles, not least as a member in 182nd and 185th Glasgow companies. He was company Chaplain and also Battalion President in Glasgow as well as Honorary President to Glasgow and Paisley & District Battalions. At Ibrox Stadium in 1983 Dr McDonald conducted the service for the Centenary celebrations.


12322654_1216308608397575_6305482130474350310_oDr McDonald was a strong advocate for The Brigade and his passion for young people and The BB was well-known. It will come as little surprise to those who knew him that he wore a BB badge on every jacket he wore!

We remember his family and those close to him in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill Stevenson

Director for Scotland

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  1. David Aubrey, Q.C. says:

    Bill, I was very sad to hear of the passing of Sandy McDonald. I first saw Sandy when he was conducting the service at Ibrox during Centenary year. His joyful enthusiasm pervaded the whole service, and he enlivened the whole event. When we arranged for Sir Alex Ferguson perform the ceremony of naming a train in Glasgow in honour of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Sir William Alexander Smith, Sandy led the prayers and was an enthusiastic presence throughout the whole event. He was truly interested in everyone he spoke to and I cherish the memories of every time I had the pleasure of meeting him. He leaves a legacy of kindness and humility, and he will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

    Please will you pass on my condolences to his family and assure them they will be very much in our prayers. We all trust that they will find the Lord’s comfort at this time.

    With my best wishes.


    David Aubrey, Q,C,
    The Boys’ Brigade in Wales.