The Rev. Msgr. Donald Bernard McDougald

2024, Inductee

Born on the 4th of Kenyon on August 3, 1925, Donald Bernard McDougald‘s attachment to Glengarry reaches back to the immigration of his forefathers in 1786. Singing came easily to him, influenced by the old timers on Concession 4 and their love of traditional Scottish music—in particular Bishop William Smith, his brother, Alex and the Howard Morris family.

Msgr. McDougald 1958-1968 photo

Naturally most of Father’s singing was from the altar, but he was frequently called upon to render a few of the old favourites at social gatherings and kitchen ceilidhs. He was often accompanied by the late Fathers Leo MacDonell and John MacPhail. His singing of “ Bless this House” at the historic Bethune Thompson House in Williamstown is still a vivid memory for those who had been in attendance. This reverent Catholic priest also sang at the “Kirkin’ of the Tartan” in St Columba Presbyterian Church in Kirk Hill in 2008.

When Father McDougald came as pastor to Williamstown in the late 1950s, the parishioners were treated to his wonderful voice and some even heard him play the mouth organ and yodel as well.

As pastor of St. Raphael’s he was a founding director of The Friends of the Ruins of St. Raphael’s.

On the 2011 CD entitled Bonnie Native Glen, he generously allowed his voice to be recorded at the age of eighty-five.

Father McDougald was indeed a Celtic ambassador for his parish, community and County with his warm welcome, ready smile and strong singing voice. He passed away in August 2020, at the age of 95. No doubt the Heavenly Choir now has a Scottish lilt.

Having given freely of his time in both attending, promoting, and always if asked, contributing his voice in song at many Celtic celebrations for many years, ensures Msgr. McDougald is a worthy Inductee into the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame.

Msgr. D.B. McDougald. singing “In My Bonnie Native Glen” at the CD release party in 2011

Inducted in 2024

Category:   Promoters, Singers