Biographies

MACKENZIE, JAMES GEORGE ?1803 - 1879
India (also England)

governor, was born at Surat (India), the son of Dr James Mackenzie and his wife Louisa Wilhelmina. Mackenzie must have joined the navy young, for he was awarded the Navarino clasp on his naval...

MACKINNON, LAUGHLAN BELLINGHAM 1815 - 1877
England

naval officer and author, was born on 21 April 1815, the second son of William Alexander Mackinnon, chief of the Clan Mackinnon, and Emma Mackinnon, née Palmer.

He entered the navy on 1 October...

MADARIAGA, JUAN IGNACIO 1717 - 1771
Spain

Spanish naval officer. When in 1770 news reached Buenos Aires of the British settlement in Port Egmont, Governor Francisco de Paula Bucarelli y Ursua assembled a squadron of five frigates, under...

MADDOCKS, CHARLES 1924 - 2012
England

communicator, was born in Liverpool on 7 April 1924 the son of Charles Maddocks and Anne, née Swinchin.

He joined the Royal Navy during World War II and in 1944 was posted to the Falkland Islands...

MAHOOD, WILLIAM RUSSELL (Bill) 1916 - 2017
Ireland

dentist, was born at Newtownards, Co Down on 23 July 1916, son of James Mahood and Jane, née Russell. He was educated at the local Model School at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and at...

MALASPINA, ALEJANDRO (ALESSANDRO) 1754 - 1810
Italy (also Spain)

Spanish naval officer, was born on 5 November 1754 in the tiny hamlet of Mulazzo in NW Italy, the younger son of the Marquis Carlo Malaspina and Catarina Meli Lupi di Soragno di Parma. As he was...

MALCOLM, VELMA 1930 - 2004
Falkland Islands

campaigner, was born in Stanley on 28 February 1930, daughter of Axel Pettersson, son of a shipwrecked Swedish seaman and Beatrice Petterson, née Reive.

A bright pupil in the Falklands, she won a...

MALO Saint fl 650
Wales (also France)

British and Breton evangelist, was born in Wales at a time when the Celtic inhabitants of Britain had taken refuge there under pressure from Anglo-Saxon invaders. Many of these Britons then fled to...

MANDERS, (RICHARD HENRY) DAVID 1904 - 1985
England

colonial secretary, was born in London on 1 March 1904, the son of Richard Manders KC and Alice Dorothea, née Smith-Wright. The family lived in Killiney, a village (then) outside Dublin and he was...

MARTIN, WILLIAM PAULIN 1875 - after 1921
Scotland

colonial secretary, was probably born in Scotland in 1875, the son of Alexander Martin. He was educated at Irvine Academy and George Watson's College Edinburgh, going on to Edinburgh University....

Mason, William Robert (or Masson, Guillermo)

see JEWETT, David

MATTHEW, JOHN WALTER 1923 - 2003
England

magistrate South Georgia, was born in Aylsham, Norfolk on 6 June 1923, the son of AC Matthew and HV Matthew, née Hunt. Educated at Winchester College and Christ Church Oxford, he served in the...

MATTHEWS, LEONARD HARRISON (Leo, LHM) 1901 - 1986
England

biologist South Georgia, was born on 12 June 1901 in Clifton, Bristol the eldest child of Harold Matthews, and Sarah (Ruby), née Harrison, both of whom were pharmacists.

He was educated at Bristol...

MAYNE, RICHARD CHARLES 1835 - 1892
England

naval officer, joined the Royal Navy in 1847.

He was promoted lieutenant in 1856 and two years later joined the Plumper, Captain GH Richards, employed on the survey of Vancouver Island and British...

McASKILL, ELIZA JANE (Lottie - Mrs Mac) née McKay 1889 - 1979
Falkland Islands

character, was born at Leicester Creek on West Falkland on 1 December 1889, the eldest girl and sixth of twelve children born to George McKay and Barbara Gidina, née Rutherford.

Her parents came to...

McBRIDE, JOHN c 1735 - 1800
Ireland

naval officer, was the son of Robert McBride, a Presbyterian minister, and raised in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. He may have been born in Scotland prior to his father's settlement in Ireland, but...

McCORMICK, ROBERT 1800 - 1890
England

naval surgeon, was born in Runham, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the son of Surgeon Robert McCormick, RN, from Co Tyrone. It was during his boyhood wanderings that he became interested in natural...

McPHEE, OWEN 1919 - 2006
Falkland Islands

teacher, public servant, was born on 12 March 1919, the eldest child of Alexander McPhee and his wife Letitia, née Carey.

His mother died when he was six and he lived for a time on Saunders Island...

McWHAN, (WALTER) FORREST 1913 - 1965
Scotland

Tabernacle minister, was born on 29 July 1913 in Glasgow, the son of Andrew Alexander McWhan and Mary, née Forrest. He came to the Falkland Islands in September 1934 as an 'independent missionary'...

MEDINA Y JUAN, SALVADOR DE fl 1780
Spain

Spanish naval officer, entered the Spanish navy as a guardiamarina on 21 December 1767. After successive promotions he was promoted teniente de nav ío on 23 May 1778 and ordered to proceed to...

MEDINA Y TORRES, LUIS DE c 1754 - after 1815
Spain

Spanish naval officer, was born in Seville around 1754. After initial training at the Cádiz Naval Academy, Medina was confirmed in the rank of guardiamarina on 21 October 1773 and promoted to ...

MELVILLE, CHARLES 1806 - 1876
England

coxswain and sealer, landed on the Falkland islands on 1832 as coxswain for the boat of Lt SMITH, the naval officer administering the government. He seems to have been thoroughly competent: Lt ...

MELVILLE, Sir GEORGE 1842 - 1924
Scotland

colonial secretary, was born on 1 July 1842 at Aberdeen, the son of G Melville of Culdrose, Fife. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and by private tutors and entered the imperial civil service...

MESA Y CASTRO, PEDRO DE fl 1787
Spain

Spanish naval officer. Teniente de navío Pedro de Mesa y Castro served two terms as comandante gobernador of the Spanish settlement at Puerto de la Soledad (Port Louis) in command of the corvette ...

MESTIVIER, JOSEPH FRANÇOIS ETIENNE(José Francisco Esteban)
France (also Argentina)

Argentine commandant, was French, but little is known about him. His date of birth is not on record, and his Christian names are also in doubt. The historian Paul GROUSSAC, also of French origin,...