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Authorised form of nameMacdonald; John (1759 - 1831)
SurnameMacdonald
ForenamesJohn
Dates1759 - 1831
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Flodigarry, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland (30 October 1759)
Death:
His residence, Southernhay Place, Exeter, Devon (16 August 1831)
Burial:
Exeter Cathedral, Devon
ActivityProfession:
Engineer
Education:
Portree grammar school; High School, Edinburgh
Career:
Indian cadetship to the Bombay Infantry, East India Company (1780); Ensign, Bengal Engineers (1783) and was sent to Bencoolen (now Benkulu), Sumatra, where he worked as a military and civil engineer (until 1796); made maps, charts and magnetic observations; made a major in Lord MacDonald's Regiment of the Isles (1799); retired on half pay from the service of the East India Company (1800); appointed Commandant of the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers (1800); lieutenant-colonel of the Royal Clan Alpine Fencible Infantry, served with the infantry in Ireland until it was disbanded (1800-1801); field officer of the Cinque Ports Volunteers (1803-1806)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
15/05/1800
RelationshipsSon of Allan Macdonald of Kingsburgh and his wife Flora Macdonald (the Jacobite); married 1. Mrs Boyle, 2. Frances Chambers daughter of Sir Robert Chambers, Chief Justice of Bengal
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1830-1831 No 7 p 83
References:
Audrey Deacon, 'A Scotsman in Exeter' in the Devon Historian, April 2003 (gives alternative place of death: Summerlands, Exeter)
Royal Society codeNA3036
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1800/02Macdonald, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/16/26On Terrestrial Magnetism30/06/1831
AP/16/25On the North Magnetic Pole19/01/1831
AP/11/12Observations on Magnetism1822
AP/12/15On the Magnetic Pole28/09/1825
AP/5/25On the Ramming of Fuzes for Bombs6 January 1787
L&P/10/146Letter, 'Observations of the diurnal variation of the magnetic needle at Fort Marlborough, Sumatra' from John MacDonald to John Crisp1796
NLB/18/142Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Rev R B Raffles, 86 St Stephen's Avenue, Shepherd's Bush, W.23 January 1899
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