Donaldson, Moses

Moses Donaldson
b: 22 MAR 1935
d: 15 OCT 2006
Biography
Church of Scotland minister; ( Ref: Glasgow Herald Obituary )

Born March 22, 1935; Died October 15, 2006.

MOSES Donaldson always had a story to tell. His family speak of his stories from his childhood in Auchenheath to his tales of travels in the Middle East.

His friends enjoyed his oftrepeated story of how he believed God had taken him "from pit to pulpit". Moses was a natural evangelist who could not help sharing the Good News.

He began his working life as a coal miner in South Lanarkshire, but after an underground accident which almost cost him his arm, his life took a dramatic turn.

The visit of Billy Graham to the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow touched him deeply, leading to his deep involvement in his village church as a Sunday School teacher, Boys' Brigade officer, elder and Reader.

This was one conversion that led to a life committed to Christ's service for more than five decades.

Moses married Mary Fraser, the love of his life, in 1956. In July of this year they gathered with their four children - June, Brian, Anne and Karin - along with the wider family and grandchildren to celebrate their golden wedding.

Theirs was a marriage marked by hospitality, generosity and joy which blessed so many friends who crossed their path.

His journey into the ministry of the Church of Scotland was a story of struggle, determination and the grace of God, until in 1972 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Lanark as a preacher of the Gospel.

Moses was a country person and revelled in rural parishes on Mull (1972-78), in Duneaton (1978-93) and latterly in Fort Augustus and Invergarry (1993-2000).
In each of these parishes people were inspired by this pastor with his irrepressible faith, by his love of Scottish country dance music, playing drums and "moothie", and by his exceptional enthusiasm for people of every background.

His biblical name was a wonderful way of engaging strangers and the trips to the Holy Land with Moses were legendary.

Over the years he led 41 trips with McCabe Pilgrimages, two to the Seven Churches in Asia Minor, four to Egypt and one to Jordan and Sinai.

He loved to tell the story of sending text messages to the family from the top of Mount Sinai - a far cry from the days of his namesake.

Moses's love of travel took him as far afield as India and Nepal and down to New Zealand.

When he retired to Beauly in 2000, he was able to give more time to his great love of gardening - winning prizes for his magnificent displays and acting for a time as chaplain to the local horticultural society.

In the last four years of his life he was chaplain to the Highland and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, sharing his gifts of friendship and faith in his own inimitable way.

Despite two hip replacements and three cancer operations, Moses kept bouncing back.

When the end came, it came quietly and unexpectedly on his beloved island of Mull - at the age of 71 too early for his family and friends. But for Moses a new story has just begun.
Facts
  • 22 MAR 1935 - Birth -
  • 15 OCT 2006 - Death - Ref: 230/17 ; Beuly, Inverness shire
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Moses Donaldson
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) John Donaldson
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Marriageto A.N.Other
FatherJames Donaldson
MotherIsabella McCartney Logan
PARENT (F) A.N.Other
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Marriageto John Donaldson
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CHILDREN
MMoses Donaldson
Birth22 MAR 1935
Death15 OCT 2006Beuly, Inverness shire
Marriage1956to Mary Fraser
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Moses Donaldson
Birth22 MAR 1935
Death15 OCT 2006 Beuly, Inverness shire
Marriage1956to Mary Fraser
FatherJohn Donaldson
MotherA.N.Other
PARENT (F) Mary Fraser
Birth
Death
Marriage1956to Moses Donaldson
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FLiving Donaldson
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Death
MLiving Donaldson
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FLiving Donaldson
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FLiving Donaldson
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