Sir Thomas MakDougall Brisbane Baronet Scotland Australia

Biography of Sir Thomas MakDougall Brisbane Baronet

Sir Thomas MakDougall Brisbane, 1st Baronet (1773-1860) was Dean of Faculties, 1843 to 1845.

Christened Thomas Brisbane, Brisbane studied at the University of Edinburgh and became a soldier. In 1821 he was appointed Governor of New South Wales, where he established Australia's first fully-equipped observatory at Parramatta. He returned to Scotland in 1825, adding MakDougall to his name, and devoted his energies to astronomy and other scientific studies, and to philanthropic work. He was elected President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1832.

Brisbane was made GCH in 1831, was created a baronet in 1836 and was made GCB in 1837. He was promoted to the army rank of General in 1841.


Sir Thomas MakDougall Brisbane Baronet
Colonial Governor and Astronomer

Born 23 July 1773, Largs, Scotland.
Died 27 January 1860.
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University Link: Dean of Faculties
Occupation categories: astronomers; soldiers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P136583
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