Authorised form of nameMacLaurin; Colin (1698 - 1746)
Other forms of surnameMclaurin
Dates1698 - 1746
Place of birthKilmodan in Glendaruel, Argyllshire, Scotland
Date of birthFebruary 1698
Place of deathEdinburgh
Date of death14 January or 14 June 1746
Research fieldMathematics
Glasgow. MA (1712)
Professor of Mathematics, Marischal College, Aberdeen (1717-1722); visited London (1719, 1721); friend of Martin Folkes (FRS 1714); Tutor to the son of Lord Polwarth, with whom he travelled in France (1722-1724); won the prize offered by the Academie des Sciences (1724); Professor of Mathematics, Edinburgh (1725); organised the defences of Edinburgh against the rebels (1745); when they captured the town he went to stay with Thomas Herring, Archbishop of York; died of a 'dropsy of the belly' from a cold caught on the journey home
Philosophical Society of Edinburgh
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election05/11/1719
ProposerEdmond Halley
William Burnett
RelationshipsSon of John McLaurin, Minister of Kilmodan, and his wife - Cameron; married Anne, daughter of Walter Stewart, Solicitor-General for Scotland
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Altname from Charter Book
William P D Wightman, 'Aberdeen University and the Royal Society' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 145-158, plate
Stella Mills, 'Note on the Braikenridge-MacLaurin Theorem' in NR 1983-84 vol 38 pp 235-240
P M Harman, 'Newton to Maxwell: the Principia and British Physics' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 75-96
Patricia Rothman, 'By "The Light of his Own Mind": the Story of James Ferguson, Astronomer' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 33-45
Alex D D Craik, 'James Ivory's last papers on the 'Figure of the Earth' (with biographical additions) in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 187-204
J P Zinsser, 'The ultimate commentary: a consideration of I Bernhard Cohen's Guide to Newton's Principia' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 231-238
DSB gives death date as 14 January 1746
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8377
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/L6/18Colin McLaurin, dated at Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes26 February 1726
EL/M3/50Colin Maclaurin, dated at Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes12 May 1737
EL/M3/51Colin Maclaurin to John Machin15 November 1732
EL/Y/3George Young of Edinburgh to Colin Maclaurin1729
EL/L6/13Colin McLaurin, dated at College of New Aberdeen, to Edmond Halley9 December 1720
EL/L6/16Letter from Colin McLaurin, dated at Luneville14 July 1723
MM/4/70Letter from Colin MacLaurin, Edinburgh, to George Graham 15 February 1731/2
RBO/14/52'Concerning the roots of equations with the demonstration of other rules in algebra in a second Letter from Colin Maclaurin, Professor of Mathematicks in the University of Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes 1729
CLP/8ii/67aPaper, list of corrections for 'Philosophical Transactions' no 439 communicated by Colin Maclaurin[18th Century]
CLP/13/12Paper, account of conjoined twins in Lorraine, France by Monsieur Fevry21 January 1723
L&P/1/66Letter, 'About the comet' from Colin MacLaurin to Short4 March 1741
IM/002901MacLaurin, Colinnd
EL/L6/14Colin McLaurin, dated at Cambray, to James Jurin29 August 1722
L&P/1/43Letter, 'Of the north coast of Britain and errors in maps between Dunsby Head and Faro Point' from Colin MacLaurin to Martin Folkes26 January 1741
NLB/7/892Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor George Pirie, 29 Duke Street, Manchester Square, W.19 May 1893
NLB/7/853Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor George Pirie, 29 Duke Street, Manchester Square9 May 1893
NLB/7/835Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor George Pirie, Aberdeen5 May 1893
L&P/1/176Letter and paper, 'An account of his treatise on fluxions part II' by Colin MacLaurin to Martin Folkes5 February 1743
L&P/1/177/1Letter, 'Account extracted from Edinburgh Town Council books of a disease at Edinburgh (French pox)' from Mackay to Colin MacLaurin1742
L&P/1/221Paper, 'Of the cells of the bee' by Colin MacLaurin30 June 1743
CLP/22ii/4Paper, 'Geometria organica sive descriptio linearum...' [Instrumental geometry, or linear description] by Colin Maclaurin[1720]
CLP/13/13Translation, 'An account of a monstrous double birth in Lorrain [Lorraine]' by Monsieur Fevry[1723]
EL/L6/17Colin McLaurin, dated at Luneville, to James Jurin18 April 1724
EL/L6/19Colin McLaurin, dated at Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes19 April 1729
CLP/13/13/1Translation, 'An account of a monstrous double birth in Lorrain [Lorraine]' by Monsieur Fevry[1723]
CLP/13/13/2Plate, frontal and dorsal view of conjoined twins by unknown artist[1723]
CLP/13/13/3Plate, abdominal muscles, viscera, and urinary and genital parts of conjoined twins by unknown artist[1723]
CLP/13/13/4Plate, frontal and dorsal views of the skeleton of conjoined twins born in Lorraine by unknown artist[1723]
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