Biographical data


MacNair, Major John Frederick Adolphus


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Died: 1910.



Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General, Straits Settlements;1 officiating H.M. Commissioner, Perak; in 1881-82 officiating as Lieutenant-Governor of Penang.

Author of a report on the principal timber trees of the Peninsula; it recommended the creation of a Forest Department.



He collected specimens of timber trees in Penang, herbarium of which was sent for identification to Cantley (1881-82).2 Probably preserved at Kew [K] or Singapore [SING].

Hort. Sing.: seeds and ferns (pres. 1879).



(1) Author of ‘Perak and the Malays: “Sarong” and “Krs”’ (l878, w. map & pl.).

(2) cf. Cantley’s Report on the Forests of the Str. Settlem., App. E, 1883.


biographical data:

Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.