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Hector (of Donalda & Finch) Maclean[1]

Male 1824 - 1898  (74 years)


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  • Name Hector (of Donalda & Finch) Maclean 
    Born 1824  Donalda, Mull, Scotland (L823, Druimghigha, Isle Of Mull?) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Sep 1898  Canada. Age 75 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Finch Cemetery, Stormont Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I62508  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2013 

    Father Hector Maclean,   d. 1839, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Unknown,   b. Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F28010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Janet Monroe,   b. Abt 1837,   d. 7 Aug 1902, Age 65 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 1855  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hector Hector (I) Maclean,   d. Abt 1915, Chicago By Automobile Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. 9 Other Children Maclean
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F28012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Reference Hector (of Donalda & Finch) Maclean (1824-1888). BritishOrdinance Maps show that on the Druimghigha Farm there is the remains ofan ancient stone tower, or 'Dun' called 'Dun Auladh. Hector's Donalda ispossibly an anglicized version of 'Dun Auladh'. Druimghigha Farm is inthe North, somewhat West, part of the Isle of Sky, about the same area ofTorloisk. This give s rise to the possibility of this line being of theTorloisk line, which is descended from Lauchlan Og Barrach (1st ofTorloisk) Maclean son of Laclan Mor (Sir) (10th Duart) 14th Chief Maclean(1558-1598). The last of the Torloisk line was Lachlan (7th of Torloisk)Maclean died 1799.

      See also in this file:
      In Notes under the name "(Stormont Co Ontario Early History A) Finch".
      the "EARLY HISTORY OF FINCH VILLAGE AND TOWNSHIP IS RECALLED" By MrsGladstone Maclean. From "Cornwall Freeholder" 1951

      In Notes under the name "(Stormont Co Ontario Early History B) Finch".
      THE EARLY HISTORY OF FINCH TOWNSHIP
      Interesting Paper Read at District Annual of Women's Institute at MooseCreek. from the Cornwall Freeholder, July 1951(?)

      E Mail from Margaret Cameron, Long Sault, Ontario
      Quoting a descendent of Hector Macleam "I have noted on the BritishOrdinance Map that on the Druimghigha Farm there is the remains of anancient stone tower, or 'Dun' called 'Dun Auladh'. I wonder if this wasmy great grandfather Hector's "Donalda"?" Written by was Duart AllanMacLean gt grandson of Hector.
      From Margaret Cameron, Long Sault, Ontario

      "Hector MacLean (b. 1823, Druimighigha (Torloisk) Isle of Mull Scotland,and his first cousin, my gt grandfather, Lachlan MacLean (b. Isle of MullAug. 8, 1826, died Finch Township 1904) are buried in the Finch Cemetery(tombstones - a tall obelisk for Hector - a large granite stone forLachlan - dates, etc.)
      Finch Township is part of Stormont County (The United Counties ofStormont, Dundas and Glengarry, adjacent to the Quebec and Americanborders on the St Lawrence River in the Province of Ontario)." FromMargaret Cameron, Long Sault, Ontario

      The following is from the tombstone for Hector MacLean and his wife andfamily.(the tombstone is a tall obelisk near the granite tombstone forhis cousin, Lachlan).:

      " Hector McLean died Sept. 9, 1898 aged 75;
      Jennet Munro, his wife,
      died Aug. 7th, 1902, aged 65 yrs."

      Also,

      "Janet McLean died Mar. 16th, 1877, aged 93 yrs
      Ann McLean died Mar. 18th, 1887, aged 75 yrs
      Janet McLean died Mar. 28, 1860, aged 1 yr 4 months"


      Hector's brothers and sisters... The following is what I have in mynotes:
      From Margaret Cameron, Long Sault , Ontario
      1) Ann (1810-1887
      2) Flora (1812-1845)
      3) Christina (1814-1886)
      4) Archibald (1816-1844)
      5) Patrick(Peter) (1818-1895)
      6) Catharine (1821-1869)--mother of Alex MacLeod
      7) Hector (1823-1898)
      8) Sarah (1826-1892)



      From Hector Maclean (June 2001)

      LETTER IN THE MONTREAL WITNESS by HECTOR MAC LEAN
      Under date of March 10, 1896

      It is about forty years since I first subscribed for the Witness, andsince then I have taken great interest in its circulation. We think it isthe best family newspaper in the Dominion. And as evidence of this fourof our family took it last year. We love the paper, and always long forits appearance and pray that the circle of its influence may continue towiden.

      I was born in Donalda Mull, Scotland in 1824. My father died in 1839 andmy mother with eight children emigrated to America in the summer of 1843.At that time there was a great flow of emigrants, and some speculatorstook advantage of this to enrich themselves. Their custom was to canvasthe country for signers, until they had secured a ship load, then theyhired the cheapest ship available, regardless of the safety or comfort ofthe passengers. The ship allotted to us was the "CATHERINE OF BELFAST",and we boarded her on the 10th June, there being three hundred andseventy five passengers in all. We notice before she left port that thesailors were pumping her now and then, and some passengers went to theCaptain and told him she was not seaworthy. He roughly declared that shewas alright, and we sailed off, making good headway before the finebreeze that was blowing at the time.

      Before night we lost sight of our beloved land, and could see nothing butsky and ocean. All appeared to be right and the passengers were in goodheart. Still the pumps were kept going for two hours night and morning byeight strapping sailors. This continued until the seventeenth day, when aterrific storm arose, and soon the sea was running mountains high. Nightcame on, the hatches were closed and no light being allowed we were leftin total darkness. The passengers were gathered in groups here and thereweeping, wailing and praying. Children were cleaving to their mothers andwives to their husbands, expecting every moment to be swallowed up. Itwas a night never to be forgotten. I can not describe our feelings as wesat there imprisoned in the gloomy darkness of that place. My mother drewus around her that at least we might be all together, but morning brokeand found us all alive. The hatches were thrown open and the passengerswere released and allowed to go on deck to behold the work of the storm.Destruction which had been wrought was terrible. Everything on deck hadbeen swept away even some of the bulwarks and the ship was leakingrapidly. The captain and the crew held a consultation as to what was tobe done, and they decided to retrace their course. The Captain roared"ABOUT SHIP" all at once took there posts as the exhausted sailorsrefused to pump any longer and the passenger were compelled to fall tooand take their places in order to save their lives. The pumps were notallowed to stop day or night for thirteen days, and at the end of whichtime we landed in Belfast where the ship's owner was.

      The passengers were conducted to the emigrant shed, where they had tolodge while another ship was prepared for them. Those who had meansengaged other quarters for themselves, where they could have morecomforts, and after ten days rest we boarded another ship bearing thename of "THE JOHN ROBERTSON" of Belfast, and again we faced the sea, thistime perhaps with less confidence than the firSt Nevertheless we had afine passage, and in six weeks time our eyes were gladdened by the sightof land. Everyone rejoiced at the thought that they had about reachedtheir journeys end and that the perils of the sea were safely passed.These hopes were doomed to disappointment as on nearing land the Materushed up to the Captain and entreated him to order the ship about as shewas off her course. The Captain refused to belief him but in less than aminute she was on the rocks with a crash, and their she remained. TheCaptain, suddenly brought to his senses, cried, "TO THE PUMPS", theanswers came back "ALL RIGHT". The next order was "ABOUT SHIP", but theship refused to move. The women and children had gone to bed and as everybirth in the steerage was torn down with the shock the commotion wasgreat, all thinking that the end had surely come. The wind was blowing agale and wave after wave dashed over the ship. At last, after all hope ofsafety was abandoned one wave greater than any preceding rose and carriedher off. The order was again given to "ABOUT SHIP" and we tacked to andfro all night to keep her from going on the rocks again. Morning came andjoy with it. The accident was caused by strong drink. Next evening wegot to the straight of Canso, and all the passengers were landed,accepting twelve families, who came to upper Canada, in which number wewere included. We came to our journeys end in the township of Finch,Stormont County, about the last of October, where we alighted on a smallScotch settlement called Cameron-Town, consisting of five families - twonamed MacGinnis and three Cameron. These families worked together incutting down the forest and clearing the land. When we saw the harmonywhich existed between them and that the land was fertile, we resolved tocast our lot in with them. We bought two hundred acres of forest land andwith the aid of friends built our dwelling which was called a shanty. Wethen began to hew us out a farm, on this farm I am still living, it nowbeing like a garden. No sign of tree remaining excepting a few left forornament.

      I was married in 1855 to a Canadian girl, Janet Monroe by name, whoseancestors were from Inverness. Ten children were given us, of whom ninesurvived.

      I visited Scotland in 1889 and found the passage much different than in1843. I enjoyed the trip very much and rejoiced in meeting my relativesonce more, also in seeing the mountains and valleys of my native land,over which I so often roamed in my younger days.

      From Margaret Cameron, Box 621, Long Sault, Ontario KOC 1PO
      "Hector MacLean (b. 1823 - tombstone) - his gt nephew still owns propertyat Goldfield (once known as Camerontown), and Lachlan's descendants stillown property on the first concessionof Finch Township! (one property goesfrom first concession to hwy 43 - once known as Camerontown - nowGoldfield Rd.) Lachlan's descendants had a 'big ' MacLean reunion in2001.
      The MacLeans of Goldfield are not to be mistaken for the MacLeans ofMoose Creek, Stormont County, who came from Isle of Skye, or the MacLeansof Osnabruck Centre (south of finch Township who came from Kinlochalineon the mainland. Other MacLeans who first settled in Plantagenet near theOttawa River, then settled in Finch Township, came 'out' with the Selkirksettlers and were no relation to my family of MacLeans.
      We called ourselves 'the Duart MacLeans.' (descendants of the MacLeans ofDuart)."

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.