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Memorable Manitobans: Colin H. McLean (1858-?)


Born in Quebec on 25 September 1858, one of six children of Scottish immigrants John McLean and Christie McKey, at the age of 16 he went to Colebrook, New Hampshire and farmed for a year, then working as a miner until he returned to Canada and served a year in the army during the Riel Rebellion. He then worked for three years with the Hudson’s Bay Company before working for nine years on a homestead at Victoria [now Wavy Bank], Manitoba. He moved to Stonewall and established a business drilling artesian wells and speculating in land.

He was married to Jemima Ward. They had five children: James McLean, Colin H. McLean, Emma McLean (wife of P. J. Foley), Frank McLean, and Ollie McLean. He served as a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Rockwood, and was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, Masons, and the Presbyterian church.


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: 7 March 2010

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