McLean History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McLean family were born. 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 McLean family

The surname McLean 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 McLean family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLean 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 McLean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McLean Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McLean has been spelled MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the McLean 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...
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Migration of the McLean family to Ireland

Some of the McLean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McLean migration to the United States

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McLeans to arrive on North American shores:

McLean Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew McLean, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
McLean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catharine McLean, who arrived in New York in 1739 [1]
  • Allan McLean, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1740 [1]
  • Duncan McLean, who settled in Boston in 1766
  • James Elizabeth, Anne, Daniel, James, and Lettice McLean who were all on record in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • Duncan McLean, who arrived in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1767 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McLean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles McLean, who landed in Ohio in 1805 [1]
  • Daniel McLean, aged 25, who landed in Rhode Island in 1812 [1]
  • Archibald McLean, aged 43, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • James McLean, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [1]
  • Jane McLean, who arrived in New York in 1833 [1]
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McLean migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McLean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jennett McLean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mrs. Elizabeth McLean U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Finlay McLean U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Hugh McLean U.E. who settled in Didgeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John McLean U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McLean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann McLean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Isobel McLean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Janet McLean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Hector McLean, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Christina McLean, aged 25, who arrived in Canada in 1812-1814
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McLean migration to Australia

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

McLean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Donald McLean, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Hugh McLean, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Donald McLean a farmer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [4]
  • Christina McLean, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [4]
  • Rachel McLean, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [4]
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McLean 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:

  • James McLean, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Katherine McLean, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Margaret McLean, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Helen McLean, aged under 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
McLean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Archibald McLean, aged 23, a blacksmith, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Catherine McLean, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Elizabeth McLean, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Archibald McLean, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Mr. Alexander McLean, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tobago" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th September 1842 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name McLean (post 1700)

  • John McLean (1878-1955), American Olympian who won a silver medal for 110m hurdles at the 1900 games
  • Brigadier-General Milton Robbins McLean (1874-1956), American Commanding Officer 161st Field Atillery Regimenty (1923-1925) [6]
  • Malcom Purcell McLean (1913-2001), American entrepreneur, often called "the father of containerization" named "Man of the Century" by the International Maritime Hall of Fame
  • David McLean (1922-1995), American film and television actor
  • Edward Beale McLean (1889-1941), American newspaper publisher, Washington Post
  • Donald McLean Jr. (b. 1945), American singer-songwriter most famous for the 1971 album American Pie
  • Amzi C. McLean, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1860 [7]
  • Alney McLean (1779-1841), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1812-13 [7]
  • Allan F. McLean Jr., American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in San Salvador, 1945; Vigo, 1945 [7]
  • Alexander McLean (d. 1908), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1876; University of Illinois trustee, 1889-1908 [7]
  • ... (Another 98 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McLean family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John McLean (1877-1914), Australian Second Class Passenger from Australia who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master Basil W  McLean (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Master Harold W.  McLean (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mrs. Winnifred May  McLean (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mr. Malcolm  McLean, Scottish Seaman aboard the SS Curaca from Barra, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [9]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William Ernest McLean (1899-1941), Australian Stoker Petty Officer from South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alexander McLean (b. 1920), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Alderney, Channel Islands, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Samuel Mclean, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Harold Mclean, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Walter Mclean, English 1st Class Passenger residing in France going to Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]

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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 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Milton McLean. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McLean/Milton_Robbins/USA.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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