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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Ewen (Hugh the younger) MCLEAN

Ewen (Hugh the younger) MCLEAN

Male 1836 - 1921  (85 years)

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  • Name Ewen (Hugh the younger) MCLEAN  [1
    • The BRB (p8) states "As can be seen from this list there are two Ewens but no Hughs yet both are the children of Donald and Christina, (nee McPhee). It would seem that to Donald, the name Ewen and Hugh were the same, as in his Will of 1846 he refers to his son-in-law Ewen McDonald as Hugh McDonald of Finniss."
    Nickname Hugh the younger 
    Born 26 May 1836  Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Kilmallie is in Argyllshire in Scotland.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Amongst those of the 'old hands' Mr Sloan asked me about was Mr Hughie McLean, and while I was writing the beginning of this sheet of paper that very old resident actually passed by my window, reminding me that he is now the 'last link' left of the strong chain of sturdy pioneers who formed the settlement of Strathalbyn, the only one left of all who held the first Xmas festival, humble though it was, where now this nourishing and beautiful town bears witness to their fine work of blazing , the way for civilization in the south. The Rankines came here in 1837, Glanbar, then Blackwood, then Meadowbank being the first holdings established, the McLeans owning the latter, arriving here soon after the Rankines. Their holding was a large one, and for many years they were leading men in advancing the growth and prosperity of the settlement. Of the sons, Allan retained Meadowbank, Hugh had a holding where Mr Allison now resides, and John went to Angas Plains, Hughie, who alone survives giving up farming many years ago. In 1838 or 39, I can't find out which year it was, but it was one of these two, Little Hughie, then a tiny prattler, took his part, if a small one, in what was doubtless a wonderful affair to his childish mind, if indeed that mind was old enough to observe anything at all, for near where the school room now stands there was conducted with all ceremonial rites the feast of Hogmany, the welcoming of the new year a ceremony observed in far-off 'Auld Scotland' amid the ice of snow and winter but in this 'new land of Australia' in the fierce heat of a semi-tropical summer day and night, everything in utter contrast. Of all who gathered at that historic event, over which Dr. John Rankine presided, not one is left to tell the tale save old Hughie McLean and what he can tell is naturally only hearsay, for he was too young to retain any lasting impressions of the memorable event, at which were gathered practically all the residents within many miles of this centre. And, alas, the time must inevitably come when he too will pass on to join the band of those fine old colonists to whom we of to-day owe so much! Well, it must come, nothing can avert the blow when it falls, but for though the old pioneers is 'stricken' with the years and his strength, is but a little, he is mentally bright as ever, apparently good for a few more years yet, and I hope that in the coming Xmas festivities he may be able to have his part and be able to tell those around him something of that first Xmas of his in Australia eighty odd years ago.

    (From JW Elliott's Jottings in Southern Argus on 9th December 1920, p3)
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    Died 5 Jun 1921  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I-5330  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2018 

    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).
    * ELIZABETH: This name appears on some 'Navarino' passenger lists [research: Leadbeater & 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).
    * 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 1 Ann MCBAIN,   b. 1836, North Uist Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1912, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Children 
     1. Donald MCLEAN,   b. 1857  []
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2013 08:08:00 
    Family ID F-1734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret TANNAHILL,   b. 15 Sep 1839, Paisley Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1891  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1862  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Christina McFee MCLEAN,   b. 17 Apr 1863, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1926, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Margaret MCLEAN,   b. 13 Apr 1864, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. c1869, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    +3. Robert Tannahill MCLEAN,   b. 29 Jan 1865, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1931, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  []
     4. Hugh MCLEAN,   b. 5 Oct 1866, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1929, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. John James Frazer MCLEAN,   b. 1 Aug 1868,   d. 23 Feb 1938, Merredin WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. David MCLEAN,   b. 1 Jun 1870, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1949, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  []
     7. Jeff MCLEAN,   b. 7 Feb 1873, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906, Broken Hill NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     8. Elizabeth Ann MCLEAN,   b. 9 Dec 1874, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1948, Merredin WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  []
     9. Jane Ann MCLEAN,   b. 29 Jan 1877, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1878, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  []
     10. Jemima Adam Tannahill MCLEAN,   b. 3 Aug 1878, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1879, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 28 May 2016 13:52:01 
    Family ID F-1740  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0578 - Christina & James Keough with Hugh McLean.jpg
    0578 - Christina & James Keough with Hugh McLean.jpg

    Documents

    BDM 1870 Birth David McLean on 1st June 1870 in Strathalbyn SA to Hugh McLean & Margaret, nee Tannahill.pdf
    WW - Ewen McLean - born 26th May 1836 in Duisky
    WW - Ewen McLean - born 26th May 1836 in Duisky
    Ewen son of Donald McLean & Christy McPhee in Duisky

    Stories
    5203 - Hugh (the younger) McLean & Margaret Tannahill
    5203 - Hugh (the younger) McLean & Margaret Tannahill
    Descendants of Hugh the younger - biography as published in the BRB in 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-63] NEWSPAPER TROVE Southern Argus SA, Jottings in Southern Argus on 9th Dec 1920, page 3.

    3. [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. .
      Grave 1/82 Strathalbyn Cemetery SA

    4. [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy(no sources provided), Spouse of person 14-xi.