Rev Hector MacKinnon
Photograph of Rev Hector MacKinnon.
Courtesy of Ms Elsie MacKinnon
Rev. Hector MacKinnon was born at Lodge Farm in Kirkapol in 1866, the son of Donald MacKinnon and his wife Ann MacLean. He studied at Edinburgh University where he won prizes in several Arts and Divinity classes and was awarded three bursaries.
In 1891 he was licensed as a minister and the following year chosen as the successor to Rev John Gregorson Campbell in Tiree. From 1894 to 1897 he ministered in Stornoway and then in Campbeltown until 1905 when he was called to the parish of Shettleston in the east end of Glasgow.
His eloquence as a preacher in English and Gaelic earned him the soubriquet of ‘Spurgeon of the North’. He died in 1913 aged forty-six from influenza complicated by pneumonia. A plaque in Kirkapol church commemorates his life.
Black and white photograph of Rev. Hector MacKinnon of Lodge Farm, Kirkapol.
Rev. Hector MacKinnon (1866-1913) of Lodge Farm, Kirkapol. Born at Lodge Farm, Kirkapol, he studied at Edinburgh University, was ordained as a minister in 1890 and served in Tiree in 1891. He ministered in Shettleston in the east end of Glasgow where he died unexpectedly aged 46.