William Maccall was born in Largs, Ayrshire on 25 February 1812 and died in Bexley Heath on 19 March 1888. From an established and intellectual family, and destined at first for the Scottish church, he was educated at Glasgow University from 1827 to 1833 and then for two years in a theological academy in Geneva. He became a Unitarian minister, first at Bolton in Lancashire, and then at Crediton in Devon. In 1842 he married. He came to London in 1846, where he lived by preaching, lecturing and writing on a variety of themes until his death.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.