Frank Hurley and Alexander Macklin at home on the Endurance (S0000142)
Colonel Alexander Hepburne Macklin (1889-1967) was one of two surgeons who served on Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
"My connection with Dr Alexander Macklin is that he and my grandfather, Isaac Dishington Scott, shared cousins. Macklin's grandfather was Professor Thomas Thornton Macklin, born in Armagh. He was a classics teacher and later Professor of Latin and Greek at Glasgow University. Professor Macklin's second son was Dr Thomas Thornton Macklin. In 1874 at the age of 21 he was a surgeon on a whaling voyage to the Davis Straits and later a surgeon to the East Indian Railway Company. Alexander Macklin was his son.
Professor Macklin's youngest daughter Nancy married Isaac Dishington, my grandfather's uncle, hence their children were cousins of both Alexander Macklin and my grandfather. Alexander Macklin seems to have been a kind and fair man - in his treatment of the dogs on the Endurance expedition and in his opinion that McNish should have been recommended for the Polar Medal. Although a rather distant connection, we are proud to have this link to such a distinguished person."
Information kindly supplied by Deirdre McClure.
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19 February 2019
Extract from a letter written by Reginald James, the expedition's physicist, to his Uncle Lou (Atkinson), from South Georgia, 11 November 1914.
3 May 2016
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