Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay
Biography of Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay (1800-1859), was Rector of the University from 1848 to 1850.
Born in Leicestershire, Macaulay studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a lawyer but was more attracted to a literary career, and acquired a reputation for his essays in publications such as the Edinburgh Review. He was elected an MP in 1830, served in the British administration in India from 1834 to 1838, and became MP for Edinburgh in 1838. He held a number of government offices and in 1857 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Macaulay.
Macaulay was presented with the freedom of the city of Glasgow on 22 March 1849, the day after his inauguration as Rector.