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MacDonald, Alexander (1794–1860), granite manufacturer, was born at Foss on the banks of the Tummel in Perthshire, the son of William MacDonald, farmer, and his wife, Isabella Stewart. Little is known about his early life, but after completing an elementary education, he worked as a farm labourer before serving an apprenticeship as a stonemason. In 1820 at the age of twenty-six he moved to ...