MacLean History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

On the Scottish west coast, the MacLean family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from a devotion to St. John. The surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic name meaning "son of the servant of Saint John." The Clan is descended from Eachan Reaganach, (brother of Lachlan the progenitor of the Macleans of Duart). These two brothers were both descended from Gilleathain na Tuaidh, known as 'Gillian of the Battleaxe', a famed warrior of the 5th century. Eachan, or Hector was given the lands of Lochbuie from John, the first Lord of the Isles, some time in the 14th century.

Early Origins of the MacLean family

The surname MacLean was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.

Important Dates for the MacLean family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLean research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1500, 1745, 1560, 1630, 1582, 1658, 1604, 1666, 1620, 1651, 1649, 1651, 1645, 1674, 1651, 1674, 1650, 1687, 1670, 1716, 1674, 1716, 1745 and are included under the topic Early MacLean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacLean Spelling Variations

In various documents MacLean has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the MacLean family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Hector MacLean, Lord of Dowart (c.1560-c.1630), Scottish Lord of the Clan MacLean; Francis Cleyn (Clein, Franz Klein) (c. 1582-1658), a painter and tapestry designer; Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet, (1604-1666); Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet of Morvern (c.1620-1651), the 18th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean from 1649 to 1651...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacLean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacLean family to Ireland

Some of the MacLean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacLean migration to the United States

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

MacLean Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Maclean, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
MacLean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Maclean, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Allan MacLean, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Neil MacLean, who landed in New York in 1770 [1]
  • John MacLean, who arrived in America in 1775 [1]
MacLean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bridget MacLean, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Owen MacLean, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Peter MacLean, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Thomas MacLean, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Henry Clinton Maclean, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]

MacLean migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacLean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Archibald Maclean U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Donald MacLean U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
MacLean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Don Maclean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • John Maclean, aged 10, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Kath Maclean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Margaret Maclean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary Maclean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacLean migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

MacLean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John MacLean, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Donald MacLean, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [4]
  • Edward Maclean, aged 44, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [5]
  • Thomas Maclean, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [5]
  • Allan Maclean, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacLean migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

MacLean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert MacLean, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Every MacLean, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • D MacLean, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Miss Maclean, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [6]
  • Mr. Maclean, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacLean (post 1700)

  • Katherine Anne MacLean (1925-2019), American science fiction author
  • Paul D. MacLean (1913-2007), American physician and neuroscientist
  • Bryan Andrew MacLean (1946-1998), American singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • Norman Fitzroy Maclean (1902-1990), American author, and professor of English at University of Chicago
  • John MacLean (1800-1886), American educator, president of Princeton University (1854-1868)
  • Norman Hector Mackinnon Maclean (1936-2017), Scottish Gaelic: Tormod MacGill-Eain, Scottish Gaelic comedian, novelist, poet, musician and broadcaster
  • Sorley MacLean (1911-1996), critically acclaimed Scottish poet
  • Dougie MacLean OBE (b. 1954), Scottish singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer
  • Craig MacLean MBE (b. 1971), Scottish five-time gold, six-time silver and four-time bronze medalist track cyclist
  • John Maclean MA (1879-1923), Scottish schoolteacher and revolutionary socialist
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the MacLean family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Hugh W P Maclean (b. 1911), Scottish Ordinary Coder serving for the Royal Navy from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Eardly G.S. Maclean, British Paymaster Lieutenant Commander with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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