William Elder MacDonald Malawi

Biography of William Elder MacDonald

William Elder MacDonald, was born in Blantyre, Nyasaland part of British Central Africa, modern day Mandala, Malawi. His father was the Reverend Duff MacDonald, who was head of the Blantyre Church of Scotland Mission.

MacDonald enrolled at the University in 1897, along with his brother James George, to study for an Arts degree. He attended classes in German (honours), Latin (honours), Moral Philosophy (honours), Logic, Political Economy, Mathematics, History, Constitutional Law, and Constitutional History, graduating MA in 1901.


Archival Materials

  • R3/1/1 (vol 2) Register of dates of birth of graduates 1881-1915


William Elder MacDonald
Born 16 August 1880.
GU Degree: MA, 1901; Arts,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
English snippet: One of first Malawi-born graduates
Record last updated: 23rd Sep 2013

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Malawi Malawi, Mandala
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