James McDonald (1761-1833)
James McDonald was born near Enniskillen in Ireland.
He was converted in early life and began to preach at the age of nineteen. He entered the itinerancy in 1784 and travelled for eleven years in Ireland before being transferred to England.
His conference obituary states that he 'laboured for many years with zeal and success...with a good character and general acceptance...He was distinguished by his love of peace and his abhorrence of evil speaking. His conversational powers were of a high order and as a companion, he was cheerful and instructive.'
However, the eminent minister John Barber wrote in 1805 to John Pawson that McDonald was universally disliked and possessed no religion that Barber could detect.
He superannuated to Portsmouth in 1826 and died there after an attack of paralysis.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1834 and PLP 4/69/4 (MARC)