William McKean Scotland England Jamaica

Biography of William McKean

William McKean was born in Paisley, the son of a merchant in Jamaica. He attended the University from 1808 to 1812, studying Latin, Greek and Logic. This would have qualified him for the degree of BA, although like many men of that era he does not appear to have formally graduated. He went on to become a Unitarian minister at Alnwick, Sunderland, Walsall and Oldbury.

McKean composed the music to the Lament for Captain Patoun. Both Patoun, who was in the Scottish Brigade of the Dutch Military Service and John Gibson Lockhart who wrote Lament for Captain Patoun had also attended the University of Glasgow.

William McKean died at Oldbury in 1869.


Other Online Resources

  • http://www.unitarianhistory.org.uk/ministerobit18004.html

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858
  • R 9/1 Class Catalogue (Arts) 1794-1858


William McKean

Born 13 January 1787.
Died 28 July 1869.
GU Degree: Arts, 1808-1812;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy
English snippet: Unitarian Minister, composed music to the Lament For Captain Patoun
Record last updated: 18th Mar 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Paisley
Place of Birth

England England, Oldbury
Place of Death

Jamaica Jamaica, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student