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Memorable Manitobans: Allan McLean (1835-1913)

Sailor, farmer.

Born on the Island of Tiree, Scotland on 22 April 1835, son of Hector McLean (c1798-1872) and Mary McDonald (c1809-1886), 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 (?-1874) at Glasgow, Scotland. They had two daughters: Mary McLean (1870-?, wife of John Veitch) and Mary Ann McLean (1872-?, wife of Albert Evans). His second wife was Catherine “Kate” McDonald (1851-1882) of Tiree, Scotland. They had four children: Jessie McLean (1876-?, wife of Robert McDonald), Hector McLean, Christine McLean (1879-1974, wife of John McDonald), and Hugh McLean. After the death of his second wife, he married Jeanette Templeton (?-1893) at Shoal Lakeand they had one son, George Allan McLean (1886-1972). In July 1908, he married Anne McDonald (?-1923) and she returned to Scotland after his death.

He died at Shoal Lake on 9 February 1913 and was buried in the Argyle Cemetery.


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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Captain Allan MacLean of Tiree, Iona and Shoal Lake Manitoba by Mary E. R. MacLean, Tiree Genealogy.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Gayle Strank for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 February 2020

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