Biography of Stevenson Macgill
Stevenson Macgill (1765-1840) was a graduate of the University who was Professor of Divinity, 1814 to 1840, and Dean of Faculties from 1814 to 1815.
Macgill graduated MA from the University in 1781 and received a DD from Aberdeen in 1803. He became Minister of Eastwood in 1791 and then of the Tron, Glasgow, until his appointment to the University chair. Macgill was a leading evangelical and a strong opponent of pluralities, who opposed the appointment of Duncan Macfarlan as Principal in 1824 on the grounds that the Principal, who had been presented by the King to be minister of the High Church of Glasgow, should not hold two offices. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1828, and was appointed Chaplain to the King in 1834 and a Dean of the Chapel Royal in 1835.