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Macvey Napier

Macvey Napier
Born Napier Macvey
11 April 1776
Died 11 February 1847(1847-02-11) (aged 70)
Alma mater University of Glasgow
University of Edinburgh
Occupation Writer to the Signet, editor

Macvey Napier (born Napier Macvey[1]) FRSE FRS WS (11 April 1776, Kirkintilloch – 11 February 1847, Edinburgh) was a Scottish solicitor, legal scholar, and an editor of the Encyclopædia Britannica.


A hard-working scholar in his youth, he was recruited by Archibald Constable and wrote his first article for the Edinburgh Review in 1814. He in turn recruited several eminent authorities to write in the sixth edition and its supplement, as well as in the 7th edition of the Britannica. He was editor of the Review from 1829.[2]

Napier studied at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh, and became a professor of conveyancing at the latter university. He was inducted into the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge in 1817 [3]


Napier married Catharine Skene in 1797 and they had seven sons and three daughters. One son, Macvey, edited his father's papers for publicatiion;[4] Alexander became vicar of Holkham, Norfolk; John died in the West Indies; David Skene was a merchant in Singapore and gave William went to Singapore as a lawyer in 1833.


  • Napier, Macvey (1853). Lord Bacon and Sir Walter Raleigh. Macmillan and co. 


  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index II. Edinburgh:  
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660-2007
  4. ^ Selections from the correspondence of the late Macvey Napier, ed. M. Napier (1879)

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