Daniel MacMillan

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Daniel MacMillan
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Born (1813-09-13)13 September 1813
Isle of Arran, Scotland
Died 27 June 1857(1857-06-27) (aged 43)
Cambridge, England
Nationality Scottish
Occupation bookseller; publisher

Daniel MacMillan (Scottish Gaelic: Dòmhnall MacMhaolain; 13 September 1813 – 27 June 1857) was a Scottish publisher from the Isle of Arran, Scotland.


Daniel MacMillan was born on 13 September 1813, in the Isle of Arran to a crofting family. Moving to London, he founded Macmillan Publishers, with his brother Alexander.[1][2]

In 1833, he came to London to work for a Cambridge bookseller. In 1844, he decided to expand into the publishing business.[3]

Macmillan, with the recommendation of his brother Alexander, sent George Edward Brett to open the first American office in New York.[4]

He died at Cambridge on 27 June 1857.[3] He is buried in the Mill Road cemetery, Cambridge.


He married, on 4 September 1850, Frances, daughter of a Mr Orridge, a chemist in Cambridge. They had two sons, Frederick (born 1851) and Maurice Crawford Macmillan (1853–1936). Maurice married Helen (Nellie) Artie Tarleton Belles (1856–1937), and their son Maurice Harold Macmillan became Prime Minister.


  1. ^ History
  2. ^ "PUBLISHING: Crofter's Crop". Time. 1951-01-22. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b  Seccombe, Thomas (1893). "Macmillan, Daniel". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  4. ^ Crocker, Samuel (1893). The Literary World. E. H. Hames and Company. p. 276. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Elizabeth James Macmillan A Publishing Tradition, 2002, ISBN 0-333-73517-X
  • Charles Morgan, The House of Macmillan (1843–1943)