Town on the Mooi River, 172 km north of East London and 80 km north-east of Elliot. It was founded in 1876 as a military camp and developed rapidly, reaching municipal status in 1916. Named after Sir Thomas Maclear (1794-1879), famous astronomer who laid the foundation for a trigonometrical survey of the Cape Colony.
It lies just north-east of Ugie. The land to the east and south was part of the former homeland of Transkei. The town was founded in 1876 as Nqanqaru Drift but was later in 1882 renamed after Thomas Maclear.