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Memorable Manitobans: John McLean (1815-1902)

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John McLean
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Born in Perthshire, Scotland, he came to Wellington County, Upper Canada, in 1837. He and his family came to Red River aboard the steamer International on its maiden voyage in 1862, and settled on a farm at Portage la Prairie. He purchased land from a local Métis for $375 in gold and subsequently added more from a neighbour, ultimately acquiring a lot seventeen and one-half chains wide on the slough. He sold this land in 1881 for $30,000. The McLeans had much trouble with their Aboriginal neighbours in the early years of settlement. McLean was one of the pioneer heroes of Robert B. Hill’s Manitoba: History of its Early Settlement, Development and Resources (1890).

He is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 January 2012

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