1777-1843. Presbyterian minister in Nova Scotia. Born in Scotland and educated at Glasgow University, he was ordained a minister of the General Associate Synod. He migrated to Pictou, Nova Scotia, where he founded a church and (in 1808) Pictou Academy, which was incorporated in 1816 with McCulloch as principal. In 1838 he became president of Dalhousie College in Halifax, a post he held until his death. He devoted his life to the cause of educational freedom and labored in Nova Scotia to break the Anglican monopoly of higher education and of access to the professions.