John MacGillivray (1821 - 1867), by unknown photographer, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales. GPO 1 - 11661. .Image Details
MacGILLIVRAY, JOHN (1821-1867), naturalist, was born on 18 December 1821 at Aberdeen, Scotland, the eldest of twelve children of William MacGillivray (1796-1852), a famous British ornithologist and sometime Regius professor of natural history, Marischal College, Aberdeen. He studied medicine in Edinburgh but before his course was completed he was appointed by the thirteenth earl of Derby, a well-known patron of zoology, as naturalist under Joseph Beete Jukes in H.M.S. Fly commanded by Captain Francis Blackwood. MacGillivray left England in the Fly in April 1842 and from then on spent the greater part of his life in Australia and the islands of the south-west Pacific. At Sydney in 1848 he married Williamina Paton Gray, a Scottish girl by whom he had a son and two daughters.
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