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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Male 1857 -

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  • Name Donald MCLEAN  [1
    • Throughout his life, Donald was probably known by the surname McLean because that was his father's surname and this is how Christina referred to him in her will.
      However he might have been known as McBain after his mother because his parents were not married. Or maybe McSween which was the surname of the man his mother married when Donald was a few years of age.
    Born 1857 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes BRB p532: Prior to his marriage in 1862 - & approximately in 1857, Hugh the younger fathered a son by Ann McBain who seems to have been working as a maidservant for his mother. The child was named Donald, but whether McBain or McLean or even to be McSween, Ann's married name, there is no record as the child was not registered. He simply vanishes from the family archives.
    When his grandmother Christina McLean died in 1869 her Will showed how much she was disturbed over the wellbeing of this little boy. Her very first bequest was a provision for the care & education of this small Donald, who was by then about 12 years of age.
    A McBain descendant, namely Terry Duggin of Payneham, S.A. has done much research of the missing Donald without any clear result. He did find that Ann McBain, daughter of Donald & Margaret (nee McLean) McBain was born at North Uist, Scotland in 1838. Donald McBain & his brother Norman were of Lake Plains, S.A. and each had a daughter Ann b. 1838. Hugh Little's Ann McBain eventually married on 30/11/1859 at Naracoorte. S.A. Charles McSween (b. 1840, Scotland, son of Allan McSween). Ann had arrived in S.A. in 1853 by HMS "Hercules". Ann had several McSween children and died on 2/2/1912 at North Adelaide and was interred at West Terrace Cemetery. Her husband Charles McSween died 11/3/1912 at Peterborough, S.A. by committing suicide by drowning himself in a local horse trough and was buried in that town. However, Donald, son of Hugh Little, could not be traced.
    Biography Notes Local Courts, Mount Barker: Wednesday, February 14, 1855 Full jurisdiction Before Francis Davison, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate; Robert Davennort and Frederick May, Esqs.
    "Christine McLean, a septnagenerian wife of Donald McLean, appeared to answer the complaint of Annie Macbean and Catherine Macbean, of the same place for having violently assaulted them with a stick. Mr Andrews defended; and in cross-examination elicited that one of the ladies was enchanted by a son of the defendant, and that the defendant on becoming aware of the fact ordered the frail one never to come on her premises again. That the evening in question the lady did, in defiance of the defendant's injunctions, come on her premises. The charge was, however, clearly proved, and the defendant was fined 2 and costs." (South Australian Register, 21st February 1855, p3)

    COMMENTS by Don Gordon on 8th Nov 2018:
    * This newspaper item has Christina in her 70s in 1855 (ie born between 1775 and 1785) whereas we have a possible OPR for a birth on 28th April 1787 which would make Christina 67 years at the time of the court. The BRB (p7) had her born in 1791 in which case she would have been about 64 years old at the time of the court. But maybe the reporter was just using the term septnagenerian as another way of saying that she was old.
    * Donald was 75 years old and maybe frail - he died 8 months later.
    * At that time, all of the children of Donald and Christina had married and only Hugh (19 years old) was unmarried and still living at Auchananda's with his parents.
    * Annie McBean (McBain) - was a live-in servant at Auchananda's. She was born in 1838 (BRB p532) so was 16 or 17 years old.
    * Catherine might have been Annie's mother but the BRB (p532) proposed that her mother was Margaret. The newspaper item refers to her as 'the frail one'. She might have also been living at Auchananda's because it was said that they were 'of the same place'.
    * The reference to being 'enchanted by a son of the defendant' would be the relationship between Annie and Hugh.
    * Christina was against the relationship between Annie and Hugh. She had made the McBains leave the house, but they came back, and so she hit them with a stick.
    * Christina might have relented and it is possible that Annie remained in the household for a while because, a few years later, Annie and Hugh had a child.
    * We don't know who raised Donald, but there must have been a strong continuing connection with Christina as evidenced when she made special provisions for him in her Will. Maybe she had an important role in his care. He was about 12 years old when she died.
    * Subsequently, Annie married Charles McSween in 1859 and Hugh married Margaret Tannahill in 1862.

    Person ID I-5332  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship -1734 
    Mother 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) 
    Relationship -1734 
    Family ID F-1734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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. .