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MACFARLANE, Robert, editor, born in Ruther-glen, near Glasgow, Scotland, 23 April, 1815; died in Brooklyn, New York, 21 December, 1883. His early education was limited, and, after learning his father's trade, that of a dyer, he emigrated to the United States in 1836 and settled in Albany, New York, in 1840, where he became editor of a paper in the interests of the working classes. In 1848 he was appointed editor of the "Scientific American," which post he held for seventeen years, but, being threatened with failing eyesight, he relinquished literary work in 1865, returned to Albany, and engaged in dyeing. In 1874 he retired, and thenceforward resided chiefly in Brooklyn. He revisited his native land twice and wrote sketches of his travels, also devoting himself to Scottish antiquities and to the history of Scottish emigration to this country. He was the author of "Propellers and Steam Navigation" (New York, 1851; new ed., Philadelphia, 1854), and edited Love's "Treatise on the Art of Dyeing" (Philadelphia, 1868).
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