Shetland Feas / Magnus Fea / Thomas Fea and Jane Green / Jane Green Fea and William Spence / Martha Joan Spence and Robert Campbell Maclaurin
James Scott Maclaurin and Dorcas Macky
James Scott Maclarin was born on 8th November 1864 in Unst, Shetland, the son of Robert Campbell Maclaurin and Martha Joan Spence.
He went to Auckland Grammar School and began as an assistant to a chemical analyst. Auckland University College was being established and began offering science degrees. James and his younger brother Richad Maclaurin were enrolled in 1888. James graduated in 1892 with a BSc and began working for honours on a new cyanide process for extracting gold from low-grade ores.
James married Dorcas (Cas) Macky on 27th December 1893 in Paterangi, New Zealand. Cas (b. 23rd April 1873, Otahuhu) was the daughter of William Macky and Ann Goodfellow. An older sister, Catherine Cochrane Macky, had married an older brother of James, William Gilbert Maclaurin, six years earlier.James Scott Maclarin was born on 8th November 1864 in Unst, Shetland, the son of Robert Campbell Maclaurin and Martha Joan Spence.
James and Cas had four children:
James won first class honours for his work on the cyanide process and in 1895 was awarded the 1851 Exhibition Scholarship, which would have enabled him to undertake two year's research work anywhere in the world. In view of his young family, he declined in favour of the security of his existing position. The prize consequently went to the next best candidate, an Ernest Rutherford who went to Cambridge, England and subsequently won a Nobel Prize for Physics.
In 1901 James was appointed the New Zealand government's colonial analyst. He subsequently built up the Colonial (subsequently the Dominion) Laboratory. He died on 23rd November 1939 in Wellington and Cas on 28th February 1963.