Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in London, 21st July, 1792; died in Sydney, 26th January, 1865; buried at Camperdown, Sydney.
Son of Alexander Macleay. See Rev. R. L. King's Pres. Address in Trans. Ent. Soc. N.S. Wales i, p. 43. Also introduction to Macleay Mem. Vol., by J. J. Fletcher, both of which give a full account of him and of his contributions to science.
He was the author of “Remarks on the identity of certain general laws 'which have lately been observed to regulate the natural distribution of insects and fungi." (Trans. Linn.Soc., 1825). Like his father his tastes lay chiefly in the domain of entomology, but he had a considerable knowledge of Australian plants and had the reputation of being a good botanist. There are memorial tablets to both Macleays in St. James Church, Sydney.
Source: Maiden, J.H. (1908) Records of Australian botanists- (a) General, (b) New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales for 1908 . 42:60-132.
Portrait courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW – Government Printing Office 1 – 03148.