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George Campbell Macaulay

George Campbell Macaulay (6 August 1852 – 6 July 1915), also known as G. C. Macaulay, was a noted English Classical scholar. He was the father of the fiction writer Rose Macaulay.

George Campbell Macaulay
Born(1852-08-06)6 August 1852
Hodnet, Shropshire, England
Died6 July 1915(1915-07-06) (aged 62)
Spouse(s)Grace Mary Conybeare
Children2 sons, 4 daughters
Parent(s)Rev. Samuel Herrick Macaulay (father)


Macaulay was born on 6 August 1852, in Hodnet, Shropshire, England. He was the eldest son of Rev. Samuel Herrick Macaulay, who was a rector in Hodnet.[1] Their family descended, in the male-line, from the Macaulay family of Lewis.[2][note 1] In 1878, George Campbell Macaulay married Grace Mary Conybeare, who was the daughter of Rev. W. J. Conybeare. Together the couple had two sons, and four daughters.[4] One of their daughters, their second child, was Rose Macaulay (born 1881),[2] an English author who was appointed as a DBE in 1958.

Education, career, later lifeEdit

Macaulay in 1873 (far left), Shakespeare Society, Trinity College, Cambridge

Macaulay was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[5] Macaulay was also a Fellow of Trinity College, at Cambridge, and from 1878 to 1887 Assistant Master at Rugby School. From 1901 to 1907, he was Professor of English Language and Literature at University College of Wales, at Aberystwyth.[4] In 1905, he lectured on English at Cambridge.[2] Macaulay was the editor of the Modern English Review (English Department).[2] For a time, he and his young family lived in Varezze, a fishing village in Italy, due to a female family member's poor health.[2][6] He also resided at Southernwood, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, and died there on 6 July 1915.[2][4]


Macaulay had a number of publications. The following can be freely read and downloaded at the Internet Archive.


  1. ^ Rev. Samuel Herrick Macaulay was the son of John Heyrick Macaulay (1799–1840).[1] John Heyrick Macaulay was the son of Rev. Aulay Macaulay (1758–1819), vicar of Rothley, Leicestershire.[3]


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