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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: John Norman Hector Maclean

Author: John Norman Hector Maclean (1821–1887)

Alternate Name(s): Gillean (pseudonym)

Biography: John Norman Hector Maclean was born on 1 November 1821 in Urquhart, Scotland, the son of army officer Donald Maclean and his wife Catharine (née Wilson). He entered the army service of the East India Company in 1839 and steadily rose throught the ranks to colonel in 1870. He saw active service during the Indian rebellion. In 1850, he married Eliza Anne Woodward in Madras. He retired as a major-general in 1877 and returned to England. During his retirement, he wrote the single novel The Rane (1887) based on the war in India. He died suddenly on 15 May 1887 in London. Note: not to be confused with Major-General John Hector Norman Maclean (1829–1882), a distant relation.

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References: British Census (1881); Globe (18 May 1887); Weekly Dispatch (22 May 1887)

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Rane: A Legend of the Indian Mutiny (1857-58).  1 vol.  London: Gustavus Cohen and Co., 1887.