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117517
Surname: MacLean (McLean)
First Name: John
Ship: 1829
Date: 21 October 1922
Place: Williams River
Source: The Armidale Chronicle
Details: CAPT. JOHN McLEAN, OF BERGEN-OP-ZOOM. John McLean, familiarly called Jock McLean by his confreres, arrived in Sydney on or about March 17, 1829, and settled on the Williams River, Hunter district. When Archibald Boyd, of Stonehenge, New England, was insulted by Captain Lettsome, a pompous military officer, then stationed at Maitland (1840), it was McLean who demanded satisfaction from Lettsome on behalf of Boyd. Lettsome appealed to the court, nominally with a view to having the law breakers punished, but virtually for protection, which he ultimately obtain ed. Boyd was fined, and McLean was referred to in court as a wild individual, apparently ready for any pugilistic encounter. With reference to the sangfroid temperament of McLean in his jocular moods, the following instance is re corded in Memoirs of the Past, by A Lady in Australia. Mrs. Baxter, the authoress, wife of an officer of the British Army, while returning from New England to Port Macquarie in company with her husband and Dr. Carlyle, and others, was driven by McLean in his tandem vehicle as far as Yarrowitch. The party had lunch on the way at Apsley Falls, and upon starting to continue the journey McLean drove the horses to the very edge of the gulf, the leader overlooking the chasm a thousand feet sheer. He asked Mrs. Baxter if she would like to go over. Taking him by the arm, she answered in the affirmative, saying, Let us go together. He looked astonishingly at her, and said, You dont seem to be frightened, and, turning his horses, they followed the party. Notwithstanding McLean s seeming eccentricities, he was generous and sincere friend, and his frank and easy demeanour in his social circles made his , presence always welcome. In Lis speculative transactions he was unfortunate, and whilst struggling against these misfortunes he, like many others, was overtaken by the bad times of the forties. Evidently disheartened by the prospects of bankruptcy, which his proud nature would appear to be unable to brook, McLean on October 22, 1843, tragically terminated his life at Port Macquarie while on his journey from Sydney, to New England. Particulars of his untimely death are recorded in the Sydney Morning Herald of November 2, 1843.


183341
Surname: MacLean (McLean)
First Name: John
Ship: City of Edinburgh 1829
Date: 9 February 1829
Place: Hobart
Source: Launceston Advertiser
Details: Arrival of the City of Edinburgh at Hobart. Passengers included John McLean, Donald McLean, George Mackenzie, son of Sir George Mackenzie, etc


20641
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1846 14 March
Place: Paterson
Source: MM
Details: Unclaimed letter held in the Sydney Post Office


22196
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1846 10 June
Place: Morpeth
Source: MM
Details: Unclaimed letter in the General Post Office, Sydney


28023
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1847 13 March
Place: Black Creek
Source: MM
Details: 13yr old son of Hector injured in a fall from his horse


29730
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1834 4 October
Place: Hunter River
Source: SG
Details: Committee member for Stock Protection Association


44710
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1848 23 August
Place: New England
Source: MM
Details: Estate of John McLean. 'Bergen - op - zoom' 44,800 acres. Estimated grazing capability 16,000 sheep. Claim to lease of Crown Land Beyond the Settled District


47112
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1831 15 October
Place: Williams River
Source: SG
Details: Settler on Williams River. Witness in Mossman v. Warren


49474
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1843 4 November
Place: New England
Source: MM
Details: Obtained license to depasture stock beyond the limits of location for the year commencing 1st July 1843


52817
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1830
Place: Williams River
Source: AO NSW Convict Indent Fiche No. 674
Details: Alexander McCoy per 'James Pattison' assigned servant


59258
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1849 20 October
Place: near Maitland
Source: MM
Details: Selling 380 acres of land, part of the Hillsborough Estate, prior to departing from the district


60856
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1847 12 May
Place: New England
Source: MM
Details: James Remington, former servant to 'the late John McLean'


83513
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1851 14 May
Place: New England
Source: MM
Details: By order of the heirs of the late John McLean, unreserved sale of 'Bergen-op-Zoom'


94047
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1834 2 July
Place: Williams River. Promised by Gov. Darling 3rd November 1830
Source: GG 1834
Details: George Mackenzie and John McLean claim to grant of land - 1280 acres


96052
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1852 10 November
Place: Morpeth
Source: MM
Details: Hired by William Bellamy to drive horses from Morpeth to Bingera. Charged under the Masters & Servants act when he absented himself from work


97115
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1853 29 January
Place: Maitland
Source: MM
Details: Fined 10s or 7 days in prison for using abusive language towards John Sleath on the Phoenix Park Road


100481
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1833 20 April
Place: Williams River
Source: SG
Details: Signed address to the governor Sir Richard Bourke on the occasion of the governor's visit to Newcastle


113196
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: -
Place: New England
Source: The Development of New England p10
Details: Robert Mackenzie, Hamilton Collins Sempill, Edward Gostwyck Cory, Henry and William Dangar, Henry and William Dumaresq, Dr. William Bell Carlyle, John McLean, John Herring Boughton, Peter Macintyre, Robert Adamson Rodd, Aleander MacLeod and John Dow among the first free settlers in New England district


120231
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1841 9 April
Place: Co. Durham, Parish of Middlehope
Source: GG
Details: 87 acres located on an order of Gov. Darling dated 3rd November 1830 in favour of George McKenzie and John McLean; the latter parted with his interest to the former, who is now deceased. Representatives required to show to whom deed of grant should issue


139826
Surname: McLean
First Name: John
Ship: -
Date: 1860 22 March
Place: Drimnin near Clarencetown
Source: MM
Details: Marriage of John McDonald junior of Wallalong, Hinton, and Catherine, only daughter of Mr. John McLean of Drimnin on 15th March 1860. Minister Rev. A.M. Sherriff