Ayrshire

Astronomers

Brisbane, Thomas Makdougall,  Sir [baronet] (1773–1860), born at Brisbane House, Largs, Ayrshire, a soldier, colonial governor and astronomer. Serving in the Peninsular Campaign during the Napoleonic Wars he established an observatory at his home at Largs.  Later he was appointed colonial governor for New South Wales, Australia.  Here he established the Paramatta Observatory, near Sydney, the first permanent observing site in Australia.  His observation in his so-called ‘Brisbane Catalogue’ earned him the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828 (see ODNB).

Waddell, Peter Hately, Rev., MA, FRAS (1854-1922), born Girvan, lecturer (see ODNB; observatory East Lothian).

Observatories

Brisbane Observatory (1808-60), near Largs, established by Sir Thomas Brisbane with a Troughton transit, altazimuth instrument, and in 1811-12 a Troughton mural circle and sidereal clock. In about 1826 he added a 6-inch Troughton refractor (See: Howse 1986; Morrison-Lowe 2004).

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