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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Donald MCLEAN

Donald MCLEAN

Male 1779 - 1855  (76 years)

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  • Name Donald MCLEAN  [1
    • Donald signed his name variously as - McLane - MacLean - McLean - McClean and Mac (ref p13 BRB)
    Born 26 Sep 1779  Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Edwin MacLean in 2016 stated Donald was born in Fort William. This had long been surmised: evidence pending.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 'Mr McLean ... was one of the first men to grow wheat on the (Strathalbyn) plains. He had some grain ground at Mr Ridley's so-called flourmill while I was at work there. We began to upbraid him for his foolhardiness in taking up land so far away in the unknown wilderness, where he would suffer much privation and - if he escaped being eaten alive by savage beasts or savager men - would probably starve to death. He began to dance a Scotch reel, but not to the sound of the bagpipes but to song and words of his own making. As far as I could make out he was crooning, "I'll nae starve, plenty cows, plenty milk, plenty butter, plenty hens, plenty eggs, plenty pigs, I'll nae starve". And so on through another long list of eatables. He had a jolly day and was not disposed to look at the dangers of the expedition.(Source: Memoirs of John Dunn who knew Donald personally - 'A Miller's Tale' was edited by Anthony Stuart in 1991).
     
    Residence 1837  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Donald McLean's house named 'Duisky' after a Scottish village - lot 50, Marleston (nee Hilton) approx a days horse ride from Adelaide SA 
    Residence 1840  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Expanding from Adelaide's suburb of Marlston (previously named Hilton) Donalds family's new home and outbuildings named "Ardnamurchan" built on the east rivers edge of the Angas River travelling through Strathalbyn SA.
    2016 Today: Original home not there, though the outbuilding is often referred to as 'once a barn or the like' Now privately owned and restored (inaccessible) though viewable from the west side of the River Angas a short walk to the south side of Strathalbyn township. 
    Biography Notes 1841  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The third family to purchase blocks in Strathalbyn district to the Rankine and Dawson families. Built a stone building on Section 2603 near the banks of the Angas River.  
    Died 11 Oct 1855  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • DEATH; SOURCE PUBLICATION: Register Personal Notices Vol-1 1836-1859. Page 319. Compiled by Reg Butler, Alan Phillips. published: 13 October 1855 " on the 11th instant, at this residence, Auchananda, Strathalbyn SA. Mr Donald Mclean senior aged 75 years. The deceased was an old colonist, highy respected by a numerous circle of relations and friends." Researcher Lorna McLean
    Crypt-Donald McLean d.1856 & Christina (McPhee) d.1869 Strathalbyn SA
    Crypt-Donald McLean d.1856 & Christina (McPhee) d.1869 Strathalbyn SA
    Section 1 Strathalbyn Cemetery on Parker Ave. Donald originally buried in pioneer cemetery adjacent to St Andrews Presbytarian Church. Council reinterred in 1859.
    Buried Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Person ID I-1  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2017 

    Father Allan MCLEAN,   b. 9 Jun 1746, Argyll Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship -2532 
    Mother Rachel RANKIN,   b. 1751, Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, Date Unknown 
    Relationship -2532 
    Family ID F-2532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christina MCPHEE,   b. 28 Apr 1787, Crieff Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1869, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Children 
     1. Allan MCLEAN,   b. 00 Feb 1811, Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1890, Plympton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  []
     2. Mary (the first) MCLEAN,   b. 22 Jan 1813, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     3. Ewen (Hugh the elder) MCLEAN,   b. 20 Feb 1814, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1876, Meningie SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  []
     4. John MCLEAN,   b. 6 Feb 1818, Argyllshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1903, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
     5. Mary (the second) MCLEAN,   b. 2 Apr 1818,   d. 22 Sep 1889, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  []
     6. Archibald (Snr) MCLEAN,   b. 4 Mar 1821, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1899, Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  []
    +7. Ann MCLEAN,   b. 6 Apr 1823, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1910, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  []
    +8. Rachel MCLEAN,   b. 13 Feb 1825, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1908  (Age 83 years)  []
     9. Margaret MCLEAN,   b. 1827, Argyllshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1912, Geelong Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
     10. Jane MCLEAN,   b. 16 Aug 1830, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1886, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  []
     11. Ewen (Hugh the younger) MCLEAN,   b. 26 May 1836, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1921, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2017 14:02:13 
    Family ID F-1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Donald McLean - ref BRB p30.jpg
    Donald McLean - ref BRB p30.jpg
    A single (yet) unsubstantiated suggestion this is not correct photograph of Donald. SLSA say this is a correct image as the photographer, Townsend Duryea only created several mosaics from a large collection of images taken by another Strathalbyn photographer, Henry Jones. Jones took images of all male and female pioneers annually of early pioneers. SLSA collection number TBA have a mosiac of some 40 males and Donald Mclean is named by SLSA. Likewise for Christina McLean nee McPhee in a mosaic of some 600 females.
    Duisky Farm Adelaide SA Lot 50 purchased with London Land Order 454 in Adelaide.jpg
    Duisky Farm Adelaide SA Lot 50 purchased with London Land Order 454 in Adelaide.jpg
    Dwelling house of pise, stockyard etc. Described in Official Agricultural Report in South Australian Register Newspaper dated Sat 12 Jun 1841 P4
    0009 - Auchanada's.jpg
    0009 - Auchanada's.jpg
    The original structure of Donald Mclean of c1840's in Strathalbyn SA. Nothing remains in 2016 except the (separate) stable and loft which has been restored into a private residence. It is viewable through foliage opposite side of River Angas on the Strathalbyn Drive Tour.
    1840 Auchandada stable & loft Strathalbyn SA
    1840 Auchandada stable & loft Strathalbyn SA
    This is Donald McLean's stable and loft. Originally built near his Strathalbyn home, "Auchanada" in the 1840s. Nothing remains of the original home in 2016. This is a restored structure by private owners of the stable and loft and can still be seen though now resembling a private residence on the banks of the Angas River in Strathalbyn Town Tour.
    Christina (nee McPhee) & Donald McLean.jpg
    Christina (nee McPhee) & Donald McLean.jpg
    There are some doubts about whether these are actually photos of Christina & Donald-State Library of SA have a mosaic of 1840's pioneers. Awaiting reference material.
    Mountain Hut - from BRB p33. See Small Print story: 31 - Research notes - Highway robbery of Donald by Robert Spearman in 1848
    Mountain Hut - from BRB p33. See Small Print story: 31 - Research notes - Highway robbery of Donald by Robert Spearman in 1848
    0271 - Site of the Sheep Stealer Camp.jpg
    0271 - Site of the Sheep Stealer Camp.jpg
    0449 - Lake View - after 1920.jpg
    0449 - Lake View - after 1920.jpg
    Scottish Gaelic Bible of Donald McLean. Written inside cover:-'Bought and paid 17 Mar 1835'. Offered on loan to Harold Stowe who died without recording the loan from Maplemore Ben Mclean and family .
    Scottish Gaelic Bible of Donald McLean. Written inside cover:-"Bought and paid 17 Mar 1835". Offered on loan to Harold Stowe who died without recording the loan from Maplemore Ben Mclean and family .
    Original Strathalbyn home on Angas River c1865 after moving from Hilton, Adelaide SA
    Original Strathalbyn home on Angas River c1865 after moving from Hilton, Adelaide SA
    Donald Henry, eldest grandson of Christina (nee McPhee) and Donald McLean
    Donald Henry, eldest grandson of Christina (nee McPhee) and Donald McLean

    Documents
    OPR Registry:Baptism: Allen McLean 1811 Feb 12 - parents Donald and Christina
    OPR Registry:Baptism: Allen McLean 1811 Feb 12 - parents Donald and Christina
    Seemingly the parish priest did 3 baptisms on 5th Feb and then Allen on 12th and not documented until AFTER the next baptism: where it was recalled that Allens record had not been entered. Hence it is squashed in between (though legible) in date order between the other baptisms.

    One could almost see him resting in bed and settled down when he realises that Allens baptism had not been entered and the parish priest leapt out of bed/rest to scrawl in the entry with--in fact all the detail. Just as he had done just seven days prior with yet another child.
    Donald McLean's properties - list 1.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 1.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 4.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 4.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 3.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 3.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 2.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 2.pdf
    Page 2 of 2 Donald's land order - from BRB p21.jpg
    Page 2 of 2 Donald's land order - from BRB p21.jpg
    Blank Template in fact
    Page 1 of 2 lot 454 1836.jpg
    Page 1 of 2 lot 454 1836.jpg
    Original document newly photographed by Lorna McLean at State Records SA April 2016. Second page template has no written entries. London, 26th July 1837, Robert Torrens signed as the Colonisation Commissioner for SA. In 2017 Robert Torrens Land Title System had been in continual use.
    Notes about the Donald McLean in early Strathalbyn days - by John Dunn
    Notes about the Donald McLean in early Strathalbyn days - by John Dunn
    'A Miller's Tale - the memoirs of John Dunn of Mount Barker' - edited by Anthony Stuart, published by Waterwheel Books in 1991, ISBN 0646032690. Previously published in the Mount Barker Courier in 18 installments between 12 November 1886 and 4 February 1887, one on 22 April 1887 and between 29 July and 19 August 1887. John Dunn lived not far from Strathalbyn when Donald McLean was living there. John knew Donald personally - in 1842, John was 40 years old and Donald was about 65 years old.
    Donald McLean's farm in Hilton - crops, water, fencing & building
    Donald McLean's farm in Hilton - crops, water, fencing & building
    Official returns of the country sections cultivated - District A or Adelaide District - June 1841
    FIRST WHEAT GROWER-grandsons story-TROVE.pdf
    FIRST WHEAT GROWER-grandsons story-TROVE.pdf
    Newspaper-States First Wheat Grower-1923-TROVE
    Donald McLean's properties - list 5.pdf
    Donald McLean's properties - list 5.pdf
    Certificate-0031 - Donald McLean's will, codicils & probate.pdf
    Certificate-0031 - Donald McLean's will, codicils & probate.pdf
    McLean Family Bible-bought and paid for 17 Mar 1835. Two years prior to Australian arrival.
    McLean Family Bible-bought and paid for 17 Mar 1835. Two years prior to Australian arrival.

    Headstones
    HS MCLEAN family crypt at Strathalbyn Cemetery, section 1 - from BRB 034.jpg
    HS MCLEAN family crypt at Strathalbyn Cemetery, section 1 - from BRB 034.jpg
    READS:"Sacred to the memory of Donald McLean who died October the 10th 1856 aged 84 years also Christina, his wife who died April 9th 1869 aged 78 years Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
    GRAVE Donald McLean d.1855. Council reinterred pioneers to Parker Avenue Cemetery in 1859
    GRAVE Donald McLean d.1855. Council reinterred pioneers to Parker Avenue Cemetery in 1859
    Donald d.1855 originally buried in "Strathalbyn Old Pioneer Cemetery" "adjacent to the church" [assume St Andrews Presbyterian). The Council relocated the Pioneer Cemetery in 1854 to Parker Avenue Strathalbyn Cemetery.

    Places
    0003 - Map of Douskie, Mull & Fort William - from BRB p22.jpg
    0003 - Map of Douskie, Mull & Fort William - from BRB p22.jpg

    Stories
    1995 - Donald McLEAN & Christina McPhee
    1995 - Donald McLEAN & Christina McPhee
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995), 13.
      Donald signed his name variously as - McLane - MacLean - McLean - McC|ean.)

    2. [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Person 14.
      No specific copy of or reference to any specific citation/evidence save "generally well researched" statement. Inconclusive:evidence pending.

    3. [S-87] http//:www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/view-image/nrs_opr_records/3716788?image=40 (Reliability: 1), 10 Feb 2017 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      BIRTHS: Donald Son to Allan McLean and Rachel Rankon (NB**spelling overwrite the "O") in Blaich 28 Sep 1779
      Accurate content of OPR as an image. Also shows birth of Donald to a Ewen McDonald and an Anne Mclean in Blaich Ardgour 24th July....is this Anne related? or not. Public notice to be careful of misdirection if not further researched for evidence

    4. [S-52] http://ancestry.com.au, ancestrylibrary.com/sgi-bin/sse.dll?viewrecords=1&r=554, 30 Jun 2017 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Scotland, births and baptisms, 1564-1950. Born Donald Mclean gender male birth date 26 Sep 1779 birth place Kilmallie Argyll Scotland, father Allan mclean mother Rachel Ranken. FHL Film Number 1041070
      Citing this Record - Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XY8P-HP8 : 8 December 2014), Allan Mclean, 09 Jun 1746; citing, reference ; FHL microfilm 1041009.


    5. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995).

    6. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library.
      Originally buried in 'the old pioneers cemetery' (photo provided, Alexandrina Council state that in 1859 all were interred to the current Parker Avenue Strathalbyn Cemetery SA. (headstone photo provided, and public notices of newspaper-Southern Argus)

    7. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library.
      Interred to the current Parker Avenue Strathalbyn Cemetery SA in 1859 by state council. (headstone photo provided, and public notices of newspaper-Southern Argus)