John Gorham Maitland
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John Gorham Maitland

John Gorham Maitland (1818-1863) was an English academic and civil servant; he was a Cambridge Apostle.


He was the son of Samuel Roffey Maitland.[1] He was born at Taunton, and had a private education.[2]

Maitland was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1835. There he became one of the Cambridge Apostles.[3] He also became a Fellow of the college, after having obtained high places in the Tripos, both classical and mathematical, in 1839.[1]

Maitland was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, but found little practice. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1847.[2] He was secretary to the Civil Service Commission in succession to his Cambridge friend James Spedding from 1855 until his death in 1863.[1]


Maitland wrote for a period in the Morning Chronicle.[4] He was the author of two pamphlets, Church Leases, 1849, and Property and Income Tax, 1853.[1]


Maitland's wife Emma, second daughter of John Frederic Daniell, died in 1851. He was survived by a son, Frederic William Maitland, and two daughters.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Maitland, John Gorham" . Dictionary of National Biography. 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ a b "Maitland, John Gorham (MTLT835JG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ a b Curthoys, M. C. "Maitland, John Gorham". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17829.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ Mrs. Reynell, Frederic William Maitland, The Cambridge Law Journal Vol. 11, No. 1 (1951) , pp. 67-73, at p. 68. Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of Editorial Committee of the Cambridge Law Journal. Stable URL: (Mrs. Reynell was one of Maitland's 2 daughters)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Maitland, John Gorham". Dictionary of National Biography. 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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