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John Ferguson McLennan


Scottish lawyer and social anthropologist. MA, King’s College, Aberdeen, 1849. Studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge. Began practising law in Edinburgh in 1857. Moved to London in 1870. Appointed parliamentary draughtsman for Scotland, 1871. Published on kinship, marriage, and the law. Regarded as one of the founders of modern British social anthropology.