John Clerk-Maxwell of Middlebie

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John Clerk-Maxwell's house at 14 India Street

John Clerk (later Clerk-Maxwell) of Middlebie[1] FRSE (1790-1856) was a Scottish advocate. He bought the Glenlair estate in the parish of Parton, Kirkcudbrightshire, and built its estate house.[2]

He was the brother of Sir George Clerk of Penicuik, brother-in-law of James Wedderburn, and father of the mathematical physicist James Clerk-Maxwell.

In the 1830s he is recorded as living at 14 India Street in Edinburgh's Second New Town, which is where James Clerk-Maxwell was born.[3]


  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF) II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Maxwell of Middlebie". Scottish Archive Network. Edinburgh: The National Archives of Scotland. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
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