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James Douglas was the 14th Earl of Morton, a Scottish peer dedicated to science with a keen interest in astronomy.  He was a founding member and President of the Society for Improving Arts and Sciences in Edinburgh, and elected as President of the Royal Society in London in 1763. 

On the eve of Cook’s first voyage of discovery, as president of the Royal Society, he developed a list of hints for “the consideration of Captain Cooke, Mr. Bankes, Doctor Solander, and the other Gentlemen who go upon the Expedition on Board the Endeavour.”  This list reveals the thoughts of a philosopher of the Enlightenment with visionary ideas well ahead of his time.

In her blog, Australian Colonial Dance, Dr Heather Clarke describes how both music and dance played important roles in Pacific encounters, and Lord Morton's role in that age of exploration - and expolitation? 

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