Mackay, Charles, LL.D. (1814-1889), songwriter and journalist, was born at Perth, and educated at the Caledonia Asylum, London, and in Brussels. From 1835 to 1844 he was assistant subeditor to the Morning Chronicle, and then became editor of the Glasgow Argus. He was afterwards on the staff of the Illustrated London News and the Times. He is best known for his popular songs, many of which were set to music by Sir Henry Bishop.