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Memorable Manitobans: Allan McLean (1855-1913)

Sailor, farmer.

Born on the Island of Tiree, Scotland on 22 April 1855, son of Hector McLean and Mary McDonald, he worked on a fishing smack from an early age to 21 years, when he became a sailor and travelled the seas for 22 years, the last 12 of which were spent as a captain. He then sold his ship and moved to Manitoba where he took up a homestead and preemption claim near Shoal Lake. He eventually owned 1,280 acres.

He was married four times, first to Margaret McLean at Glasgow, Scotland. They had two daughters: Mary McLean (wife of John Vitch) and Mary Ann McLean (wife of Albert Evans). His second wife was Catherine McDonald of Tiree, Scotland. They had four children: Jessie McLean (wife of Robert McDonald), Christine McLean (wife of John McDonald), Hector McLean, and Hugh McLean. After the death of his second wife, he married Jeanette Templeton at Shoal Lake. They had one son, George Allan McLean. In July 1908, he married Annie McDonald.

He died on 9 February 1913.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 June 2010

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