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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Rachel MCLEAN

Rachel MCLEAN

Female 1825 - 1908  (83 years)

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  • Name Rachel MCLEAN  [1
    Born 6 Feb 1825  Duisky Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Her OPR seems to record her birth as 6th, but this is difficult to read. Her baptism on 13th Feb 1825 is clear.
    Christened 13 Feb 1825  Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes Father's Will - see Donald McLean's profile for details in Donald's Will in which Rachel was a beneficiary. 
    Biography Notes For inheritance of part of 57 Hindley St - see E51 in Small Print. 
    Biography Notes Nov 1856  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Section 2623, Strathalbyn There was a dispute about a property that Jane, Margaret and Rachel had inherited from their father who had died the year before.
    In November 1856 there was a court case over ownership of 75 acre Section 2623 by Mr Shorney and Mr Thrum against Jane, Margaret & Rachel. These three women were named as beneficiaries in their father's Will, so they inherited 2623 and other properties. Rachel had said that her father had brought it at a land sale. Rachel's husband (Ewen McDonald) swore that Donald had told him, as far back at 1848, that the farming property belonged to the three daughters. It had "lain open" for some time after it was purchased, so Shorney and Thrum "took possession" of it - probably the south-eastern portion. They were leasing it and paying rent to Donald. They had been living and improving the farm for 4 or 5 years.
    They argued that "This is a case of great hardship. The defendant holds under a lease with right to purchase from Mr MacLean whose title he could not suppose required investigation. Five years labour have been expended on the land which has now greatly increased in value".
    The dispute was presented to the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice accepted that the women were technically the owners because they held the land grant, but it was suggested that there should be a compromise to compensate Shorney and Thrum. It was suggested that the compensation could be paid out of Donald's estate.
    Interestingly, because the three woman had got married after being named as beneficiaries, their husbands joined them in this dispute, after presenting proof of their marriages. It was the practice in that era, that husbands, rather than wives, should own property.

    SUPREME COURT - Civil Side

    Macdonald And Others v. Skorkney
    Mr Gwynne for the plaintiffs; Mr Bakewell for the defendant.
    This was an action of ejectment to recover possess on of Section 2623, Angas Special Survey, near Strathalbyn. The case for the plaintiffs rested simply on the production of a land grant to Rachel Maclean, Margaret Maclean, and Jane Maclean. Mr Gwynne submitted that the husbands of those grantees were entitled to possession during coverture, even against their wives. He called, to prove the marriages, Ewen Macdonald, who stated that he was married to Rachel Maclean in December, 1847.
    By Mr Bakewell - Had heard his wife say that her father bought the section in question at a land sale. He heard of his right to that property shortly after his marriage. The section had lain open for some time after it was purchased; at last Messrs Shorney and Thrum took possession of it. He supposed that he knew when they took possession, and be was aware that they lived upon it. He first objected to their living on it about five or six months ago. Before that time he made no objection. He delayed so long in asserting his right because there was one of the plaintiffs (James Keating) out of the colony, That was the reason why he did not interfere with the defendant's occupation of the land. Did not know that the defendant had been paying rent all along to his late father-in-law. D Maclean died about 12 months ago. Would swear that so far back as 1848 he was told by his father-in-law that the section in question belonged to his three daughters. He was not aware that his father-in-law had leased the section. He knew that Thrum and Shorney were upon it, but never interfered with them until within the last six months.
    By Mr Gwynne - Could not tell exactly what portion of the section Shomey occupied. Believed it was the eastern portion. His (witness's) wife was of age when he married her.
    John Cheriton, farmer, on the Angas, stated that he was married to Jane Maclean in November, 1848. She was one of the ladies mentioned in the land grant. The defendant had been in possession of the south-eastern portion of the section for four or five years.
    By Mr Bakewell - The diggings sprang tip about the time the daughters were, all married, and the parties entitled were not until lately, all in the colony at the same time. He first saw the land grant produced after the death of Mr Maclean. He knew that he was entitled to his share in the land before Mr Maclean died. Knew that Shorney was in possession of the land, but knew nothing, of a lease to him from the late Mr. Maclean.
    The Chief Justice, on ascertaining that the defendant held under such a lease, suggested that there should be a compromise.
    Mr Bakewell - This is a case of great hardship. The defendant holds under a lease, with right of purchase, from Mr Maclean, whose title he could not suppose required investigation. Five years labour has been expended on the land, which has now greatly improved in value.
    Mr Gwynne admitted that the defendant had a right to look to the estate for compensation. The question, however, in the plaintiffs' family was whether the compensation should come from the plaintiffs or the estate generally. There was no probability of an agreement in the family, and the only way to settle the matter was on its legal merits. The estate of the late Mr Maclean was quite equal to meet any damage which the defendant had sustained.
    The Chief Justice said there really was no defense against the land grant, but he thought it would be advisable to join the wives with their husbands as plaintiffs in the action, and also to come to some compromise
    Mr Gwynne would, if His Honor pleased, make the amendment suggested, as the plaintiffs' wives were in attendance.
    The Jury then, under direction, returned a verdict for the plaintiffs.

    Macdonald and Others V Thrum
    This was a similar action for another part of the same section, and terminated with a similar verdict.

    (Source: Adelaide Observer, 15th Nov 1856, p3 & BRB p19)
     
    Died 20 Aug 1908 
    Person ID I-5267  Christina and Donald McLean | Rachel McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2020 

    Father Donald b1779 MCLEAN,   b. 26 Sep 1779, Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1855, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship -1 
    Mother Christina b1787 MCPHEE,   b. 28 Apr 1787, Crieff Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1869, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship -1 
    Children of marriage * OPRs: We have found birth records (OPRs) for all the 12 children, except for Margaret.
    * Naming: There were Ann X 2, Mary X 2 & Hugh (Ewen) X 2. The first Mary & first Ann died as infants whereas the Hughs survived to adulthood and are diffentiated by being referred to as 'the elder' or 'the younger'.
    * Mother: The mother is variously recorded as Christian X 5, Christn, Christy, Catharine X 2, Mary, and Effie (or Essie). The records with Catherine, Mary & Effie are probably original clerical errors and we are confident that they are 'our' family because the birth place is specified as Duisky in each of these cases - and the father was Donald of course.
    * Place: All the births were in the parish of Kilmallie. The first 4 births are specified as Blaich and all the later births were at Duisky.
    1. Allan McLean - baptism 12th Feb 1811 in Blaich - Son to Donald McLean in Blaich & Christian McPhee in Blaich
    2. Mary McLean - baptised 24th Jan 1813 in Blaich - Baptism on 24th Jan 1813 - McLean, Mary daughter of Donald & Christn McPhee - Blaich
    3. Ewen McLean - baptized 27th January 1814 - Son of Don'd & Christian McPhee, Blaich
    4. John McLean - born 1st Feb 1816, baptized 2nd Feb 1816 - Son of Donald, Blaich & Christian McPhie his spouse
    5. Mary McLean - baptized on 5th Apr 1818 in Duisky - Baptism of daughter to Donald MacLean Duisgy and Catharine MacPhee
    6. Anne McLean - baptized 18th Feb 1820 - Daughter to Donald MacLean Duisky and Catharine MacPhee
    7. Archibald McLean - baptised 4th March 1821 - Son to Donald MacLean in Duisgi and Effie (or Essie?) MacPhee
    8. Ann MacLean - born 6th April 1823 in Duisky - Daughter to Donald MacLean Duisky & Mary McPhee his wife
    9. Rachel McLean - born 13th Feb 1825 in Duisky - 1825 Baptisms - Feb 13 - Rachel dau to Donald McLean in Duisky & Christian McPhee, born 6th
    10. Margaret
    11. Jane (Jeane) McLean - born 18th April 1830, baptized 16th May 1830 in Kilmallie - 1830 Baptisms May 16th, Jeane daughter to Donald McLean tenant in Duskey Ardgour & Christion McPhee, born the 18th April last
    12. Ewen McLean - born 26th May 1836 in Duisky - Ewen son of Donald McLean & Christy McPhee in Duisky
    * (This note was by Don Gordon on 12th April 2019.) 
    Children of marriage In addition to the 12 children accepted as 'our' family, some researchers have proposed 4 others:-
    * RICHARD: This name appears on some 'Navarino' passenger lists [research: Which ones?], but this might not be based on the authentic record. There are no other indications of this Richard in colonial records (eg marriage, children, death, or Trove etc). However there is a Richard listed with the family in the 1841 census for Strathalbyn (BRB p13) but this is considered to be a clerical error (check this) as it should have been Rachel. He is not mentioned in Donald's will.
    * ELIZABETH: This name appears on some 'Navarino' passenger lists [Barry Leadbeater & Dianne Cummings) but this might not be based on the authentic record. It is stated that she was born in 1835 or 1836, and died in 1907. There are no other indications of this Elizabeth in colonial records. (eg marriage, children, death, or Trove etc). In fact there might be confusion with Elizabeth DIXON who was the second wife John McLean - she was born in England in 1835, migrated in 1858, married John in 1874, and died in Strathalbyn in 1907. She is not mentioned in Donald's will.
    * HUGH: BRB p8 "The persistent inclusion of a Donald and a Hugh McLean who arrived in 1840 by ship 'Tomatin' must be an error as the listed children the same 10, who with their emigrating parents and in the father's Will. These two may have been nephews. If they were of an earlier marriage of Donald, he had three sons named Hugh which is carrying things a bit far as to names! There is a family story that 'two sons were sent to Venezuela to look for farming possibilities' referring of course to the Donald and Hugh on the 'Tomatin' of 1840. Then not discovering anything suitable followed on to SA. Nothing further is known of them although two of the same name were at Naracoorte in the South East quite early, and the names of the families were the same as those of the Donald McLeans. They were not mentioned in Donald McLean's Will."
    * DONALD: See the quote for Hugh, above (BRB p8).
    This note was by Don Gordon on 30th July 2018. 
    Family ID F-1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ewen MCDONALD,   b. 1818, Inverness Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1905, Noradjuha Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1847  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    • The wedding celebrant was Rev James Farrell. The witnesses were Sarah Douglas and Donald Stewart.
    Children 
    +1. Annie MCDONALD,   b. 8 Oct 1850,   d. 1941  (Age 90 years)  []
    +2. Flora MCDONALD,   b. 8 Sep 1850, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1939, Horsham Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +3. Margaret MCDONALD,   b. 4 Nov 1851, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1932, Armidale NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  []
    +4. Donald William MCDONALD,   b. 6 Mar 1853, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1915, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +5. Charles Stuart MCDONALD,   b. 1855, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1934, Hampton Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  []
    +6. Mary MCDONALD,   b. 30 Jul 1857, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1935  (Age 77 years)  []
    +7. James Francis Ewen MCDONALD,   b. 31 May 1859, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1924, Bibra Lake WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  []
    +8. Alexander John MCDONALD,   b. 28 Oct 1861, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1937  (Age 75 years)  []
    +9. Angus MCDONALD,   b. 11 Jun 1865, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1937, Paddington NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  []
    +10. Rachel Jane Cheriton MCDONALD,   b. 30 Jan 1867, Finniss SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. c1940, Bondi NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  []
    Last Modified 28 May 2016 13:42:11 
    Family ID F-898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0423 - Balmariino - Home of Rachel & Ewen McDonald - Finnnis River - photo before 1920.jpg
    0423 - Balmariino - Home of Rachel & Ewen McDonald - Finnnis River - photo before 1920.jpg
    0419 - Rachel McDonald, nee McLean.jpg
    0419 - Rachel McDonald, nee McLean.jpg
    Wedding of William McDONALD & Christina CAMERON 1880 - with Jenny McDonald, Margaret JOHNS, Rachel McDonald & Jessie McNaughton
    Wedding of William McDONALD & Christina CAMERON 1880 - with Jenny McDonald, Margaret JOHNS, Rachel McDonald & Jessie McNaughton
    Donald 'William' McDonald and Christina Cameron on their wedding day in 1880. The bride and groom are seated. Standing, from left, are Rachel Jane Cheriton 'Jenny' McDonald, aunt Johns (Margaret Johns, previously Keating, nee McLean), the groom's mother Rachel McDonald (nee McLean), and Jessie McNaughton, a cousin of the bride.

    Documents
    Rachel McLean - born 13th Feb 1825 in Duisky
    Rachel McLean - born 13th Feb 1825 in Duisky
    1825 Baptisms - Feb 13 - Rachel dau to Donald McLean in Duisky & Christian McPhee, born 6th

    Stories
    5121 - Rachel McLean & Ewen McDonald
    5121 - Rachel McLean & Ewen McDonald
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1985 & 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-64] PUBLICATION "Belvidere" Lance C Wakefield 1992, (Mr Lance Wakefield, Printed: Lutheran Publishing House 205 Halifax st Adelaide), ISBN 0 646 122 010., 107, 2 February 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      within the last paragraph of MCLEAN section
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    3. [S-2] FM Adele Whitmore - evidence pending, Person 14-viii.

    4. [S-124] OPR - attached to the profile.

    5. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , 40.