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George Maclean, Governor of Gold Coast.

George Maclean (2 February 1801 – 22 May 1847) was Governor of Gold Coast, now in Ghana, from 1830 until 1844.[1] Maclean was a member of the Royal African Colonial Corps and was stationed in British West Africa from 1826 until 1828. In 1830 he became the Governor of Cape Coast, a position he retained until 1844.[1]



George Maclean, born in Keith,[2] Banffshire, Scotland, was the son of the minister, Rev James Maclean and his wife Elizabeth Tod daughter of George Tod of Elgin.[3]

George's half-brother, James, a Captain in the Gold Coast Corps, who died in 1877, served under him.

He married poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon and is buried at Cape Coast Castle.[1] They had no children.


  1. ^ a b c "George Maclean". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  2. ^ Keith is now located in Moray.
  3. ^ A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain & Ireland (Volume 2)

Further readingEdit

Graham, Gerald S.; Metcalfe, G. E. (1962). MacLean of the Gold Coast: The Life and Times of George MacLean, 1801-1847. London: Oxford University Press. pp. 346 pages.

Watt, Julie, Poisoned Lives, The Regency Poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L.E.L.) and British Gold Coast Administrator George Maclean: Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84519-420-8

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Government offices
Preceded by
John Jackson
Governor of the Committee of Merchants of the Gold Coast
Succeeded by
William Topp
Preceded by
William Topp
Governor of the Committee of Merchants of the Gold Coast
Succeeded by
R. M. Worsley Hill
as Governor of the Gold Coast
Police appointments
New title Inspector General of Constabulary, Gold Coast
Succeeded by
Chief Frank Gilbert