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McLEOD, Alexander, clergyman, born in the island of Mull, Scotland, 12 June, 1774; died in New York city, 17 February, 1833. His father, Reverend Niel McLeod, was the entertainer of Dr. Samuel Johnson on the latter's visit to Mull. The son came to this country while vet young, was graduated at Union college in 1798, licensed to preach in the following year, and ordained over two churches--one in New York and one in Wallkill, New York The latter charge he soon resigned; but he retained the former, the first Reformed Presbyterian church of New York until his death. McLeod was long well known among the clergy of New York city, and was eminent both as a writer and as a preacher. He was for some time one of the editors of the "Christian Magazine." Among his published works are " Negro Slavery Unjustifiable" (New York, 1802) ; "The Messiah " (1803) ; "Ecclesiastical Catechism" (1807); "On the Ministry" (1808); "Lectures on the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation " (1814) ; "View of the Late War " (1815); " The Life and Power of True Godliness " (1816); and "The American Christian Expositor " (2 vols., 1832-'3). A memoir of McLeod was published by Samuel B. Wylie, D.D. (New York, 1855).--His son, John Niel, clergyman, born in New York city, 11 October, 1806; died there, 27 April, 1874, was graduated at Columbia in 1826, studied theology with his father, and in 1828 was ordained as his assistant. After the former's death the son became his successor. He was for many years the stated clerk of the general synod of the Reformed Presbyterian church, and a professor in the theological seminary of that denomination in Philadelphia. Dr. McLeod was active in his efforts to prevent the union of the Reformed Presbyterian church with the other Presbyterian bodies, and in his condemnation of hymns other than the psalms of David, and of secret societies, was conspicuous in the infliction of church discipline of George W. Stuart, of Philadelphia, for singing uninspired hymns at a union meeting. He published various sermons and addresses.--Another son, Xavier Donald, author, born in New York city, 17 November, 1821 ; died near Cincinnati, Ohio, 20 July, 1865, studied at Columbia, and surprised his family and friends by taking orders in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1845. After spending a few years in a country parish, he went in 1850 to Europe, where he travelled and studied until 1852. The result of his European visit was his conversion to the Roman Catholic faith. In 1857 he became editorially connected with the St. Louis " Leader." Subsequently he was ordained a priest, and appointed professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres at Mount St. Mary's college, Ohio. He met his death in a railroad accident. He published "Pynnshurst: His Wanderings and Ways of Thinking" (New York, 1852); "Life of Sir Walter Scott" (1852) ; " Life of Mary, Queen of Scots" (1857) ; "The Elder's House, or the Three Converts " ; "Chateau Lescure, or the Last Marquis " ; and a "Life of Fernando Wood, Mayor of New York" (1856). As a poet, McLeod is known by " The Saga of Viking Torquil."
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