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									           JUNE 2006 NEWSLETTER
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Greg MacLennan                                                        This Issue
5 Lexington Parade
Green Point NSW 2112
Ph: 02 4369 2849                                 President’s Message               page   2
Email: gregmaclennan@bigpond.com
                                                 Chieftan Greg MacLennan                  3

                                                 Clansfolk News                           4
Sue Catterall (BA History)
10 Holt Avenue                                   Bundanoon Highland Gathering             5
Wahroonga NSW 2076
Ph: 02 9489 0280                                 Coming Events                            6
Email: sue_catterall@hotmail.com
                                                 Clan Lobban in South Australia           6

SECRETARY/TREASURER:                             MacLellan                                8
Graeme McLennan
82 North Road                                    Unusual UK Villages                      9
Denistone East NSW 2112
Ph: 02 9809 5152
Email: maclennan.kintail@bigtpond.com
                                                 Bundanoon Photo Collage                  10-11

                                                 Genealogy                                12
Matt Leonard                                     Clan MacLennan                           14
11 Worrell Street
Holt ACT 2615
Email: mattandray@netspeed.com.au                McLennan’s of Scot’s Corner              15

NEWSLETTER EDITOR:                               Treasurer’s Report                       19
Sue Catterall: temporary newsletter editor.
                                                 Don’t Forget                             20
                                   PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Welcome everyone and especially to those who only recently joined as new members of the Clan
and a BIG thank you to Donald McLennan of Printprocol for printing our newsletters at no cost:
this is a very much appreciated contribution to the Clan. Also thanks to Bruce McLennan who
does a superb job on our Clan Website: worth a visit to catch up on past newsletters and various
internet links of interest.

Clan MacLennan AGM will be held on 8th July, 2006 at 2.00 pm at the NSW Masonic Club,
169-171 Castlereagh Street, Sydney – opposite synagogue - Ph: 9284-1000. All positions will
be vacated.

McKirdy Index
Recently gone on line and of major interest for those who are undertaking Scottish genealogical
research is the abovementioned index. As well as the details of the deceased, the index also
includes spouse, parents and sometimes children.

McKirdy Index Ltd
Analytical Genealogical Finding Aid to the Statutory Registers of Death for Scotland 1855-1875
P O Box 43-015, Wainuiomata 6008 NZ

Great News! Chief Ruairidh’s sister Kirsteen, recently became engaged to James Eckersley
from Buckie on the east coast of Scotland. They plan to marry early next year. James owns and
runs Moray Seafoods, which he inherited from his late father. The business employs 100 people.
James attended Fettes College in Edinburgh where Ruairidh had also attended.

The following is an extract from the Clan MacLennan Melbourne May newsletter from Ruaridh:-

Lorna is happily romancing with Robin Abbot whose family are from the Loch Ness area.
Robin is a musician and has two successful bands that are based in Inverness.

Ruairidh has been extremely busy between work with CKD Galbraith, increasing commitments
with the Territorial Army (TA) as well as Secretarial duties for the Community Council. He was
recently elected onto the Committee of the Highland Region of the Royal Institute of
Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and in the meantime has managed to get himself a green Volvo to
add to the rural surveyor look!

Within the Territorial Army there have been a number of changes recently with all the Scottish
Regiments being amalgamated into the one “Royal Regiment of Scotland”. Ruairidh’s
Regiment, 51st Highland has now become 7th Scots, Royal Regiment of Scotland. He has been
transferred from HQ Coy to the Highland C Coy, which means that he has had his red hackle
(Black Watch) replaced with a blue one, which is that of the Highlanders.

Ruairidh recently re-started his “do-it-yourself” work on the house and is well on schedule with
the outside. He hopes to have all the painting, renewal of the guttering and downpipes, a new
porch roof, de-mossing the roof and repairing the slating completed by August/September. It will
then be time to start on the inside. With all this, he has no idea when he can possibly fit in a

From the “Inverness Courier”, 7th April, 2006

A Clan Chief won a round of applause – and a thank-you pint – in his local pub after he braved a
storm to stage a rescue bid with a difference.

Ruairidh MacLennan was drinking at the Dores Inn when a visitor burst in to raise the alarm.
The man had been walking by Loch Ness with his family and their black Labrador dog when he
threw a stick for the animal to catch and it landed near a buoy about twenty metres from the

The dog swam out and had got its head entangled in a rope attached to the buoy. Seeing the dog
in distress and fearing it may drown, the owner rushed to the pub to seek help.

Mr MacLennan, of the Old Mill, Dores, and a land agent with Inverness Chartered Surveyors,
CKD Galbraith, immediately offered to launch his canoe and get out to the dog.

The canoe had belonged to his father, Ronald, the late Chief who, twenty years ago, paddled it
from their family home in Ullapool to Stornaway to raise funds for the Ullapool Canoe Club.

I was the only one in the pub with ready access to a boat as all the others were out of the Loch for
the winter.” Mr MacLennan said.

“I quickly realised the dog was in real trouble and the only options were to swim out or go for the
canoe – that seemed the better bet.”

After struggling against the waves in stormy conditions, he reached the distressed animal and
found it was strangling itself in its desperate attempts to get free and swim for the shore. “It was
getting really dark but I had a head torch on and managed to get alongside the frightened dog. I
found there were two lengths of rope round its head and had some difficulty getting them off.
Once freed, the dog made for the shore.”

After beaching the canoe at the Old Mill, Mr MacLennan returned to the pub where he was
bought a drink by the dog’s relieved owners.

Annelle and I will be chaperoning my dear Mum Gwen on the Indian Pacific train journey to
Albany via the Margaret River region and the tall timber forests from Pemberton down to

Late April Greg saw the 15th Annual Festival, centred on the site of the Australian Standing
Stones in the Centennial Parklands up on the hill on the Gwydir Highway, 1.5 kms east of the

The ring of Standing Stones contains two Stones, which commemorate those in the name of
MacLennan. Stone No. 18 is named in honour and memory of Alex and Mary McLennan from
the wee village of Plockton, who arrived in Australia on the ‘William Nicol’ in 1837. Alex and

Mary were amongst the earliest pioneers of the New England region. Numerous MacLennan
families in the Grafton district are direct descendants of Alex and Mary and this stone was
sponsored in their name by members of the Clan MacLennan, Grafton.

Stone No. 1 is referred to as The North Stone and is one of the four cardinal points on the
compass. It is also the stone closest to Scotland. It is named in honour and memory of the late
W.S. and W.F.F. MacLennan, Greg’s grandfather and father respectively. Greg’s grandfather
was a young Edinburgh man, a butcher and very much the black sheep of his family, who arrived
in Australia just in time to enlist in the A.I.F. and be shipped off to a place called Gallipoli.

For his efforts, young Bill MacLennan took a bullet in the chest before he reached the beach and
another before he reached dry sand. This took place on the morning of May 25th 1915, exactly
one month after the original ANZAC landings. The fact that he lived is remarkable in itself, but
after recovering from his wounds in an English hospital, he was shipped back to Australia, when
he chanced to meet a Geordie lass Miss Minnie Brown on board.

The rest as they say, is history. Their union bore five children, my Dad being the second born but
oldest son. Then followed eighteen grandchildren, fifty or more great-grandchildren and on it

The North Stone was proudly sponsored by the immediate members of my family, my mum
Gwen, my sisters Jill, Sue and I.

If you have the opportunity to travel the New England Highway sometime, take a break at Glen
Innes and spend a short time at the Standing Stones. Apart from what you have just read of my
forbears, the site is a declared National Monument to Celtic people of all nationalities and it
commemorates their contribution to Australia’s progress and development since the dawn of the
colony in 1788.

MORE NEWS IS AFOOT to organise a World Gathering of our Clan in Inverness sometime
around September 2007. I will keep you informed when more news comes to hand.

News from Clan MacLennan Melbourne that Marion Harvey passed away on 9th February, 2006.
Highly regarded throughout the clan, Marion and her late husband Whilton were foundation
members of the Melbourne Association.

Barbara Vance is in hospital ~ Our best wishes to you Barbara and also to you Leon. (a card has
been forwarded by the Clan to the hospital and personal messages/cards can be sent to Barbara at
4/66-68 Victoria Street Kingswood NSW 2747)
Chief’s Lieutenant’s Son weds in Scotland ~ The marriage of Emily Smith and Jamie
McClennan, son of Ross McClennan, Chief’s Lieutenant for New Zealand took place in
Dumfries, Scotland on 7th April, 2006. Emily, who is from Thornhill, Dumfriesshire was the
2002 winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award. In 2003 she
graduated with BA Honours in Scottish Music from the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in
Glasgow. The new Mrs MacLennan is a very talented young lady, as not only has she a fine
singing voice but also her own traditional Folk Band in which she plays both the accordion and
piano and Jamie the fiddle, guitar and flute.

McLennan’s of Galston ~ have been very busy organising a major food drive at their local
Church. Malcolm indicates that it was once again very successful with over 8500 food items
collected for the Anglicare welfare agency to distribute to needy families in Western Sydney. The
collection was on Sunday 18th June with about $17,000 of food items donated between 10am and
4pm. Rosemary said it was a big team effort by young and old.

                      (BUNDANOON IS BRIGADOON)
Clan MacLennan was again represented at the Gathering on 8th April, which was held on
Bundanoon Oval on a warm clear day, such as the Southern Highlands can only produce.

Leon Vance and I were there on Friday and put up our Clan Tent, complete with Banners. Leon
slept in the tent overnight, while I was accommodated by friends in Bowral. We were on the job
before 8-00 am on Saturday to ensure all was ready for the big day.

By 9 00 am the crowd had begun pouring into the oval, and even more came along with the street
parade to enjoy the massed bands display. By the official opening ceremony at 10-45 am the
whole oval complex was crowded.

We had a bottle of Walkers Black Label Scotch to raffle, so started selling the tickets early in the
day and by mid afternoon we had disposed of all 150 tickets. The raffle was drawn by the
Gathering Administration in the Admin Tent shortly after 2 pm. The winner of the raffle was
ticket number 45, held by a Mr. G. McLennan of Sydney.

In all there were twenty-five pipe bands who participated in the gathering, as well as country
dancers, the Southern Highlands Kennel and Obedience club, fiddlers, The Highland Cavaliers
and the Tartan Warriors. There were also over twenty clans represented in the Clan Tent area.

Events were held for all who were interested to enter, such as, the caber toss, egg throwing,
haggis hurling, shot putt, water toss and the kilted dash. Of course for some of us, all these
events were too energetic and we settled for a cup of coffee, a biscuit and a friendly chat with
those who came by our tent. We had many visitors, some just curious but some with specific
questions about their MacLennan family history and we had three applications for our Clan

There were of course many stalls there, over 120 I was told, where you could purchase food,
clothing (Scottish Clan gear and every day wear), novelties and craft, all at reasonable prices.

By 3-30 pm we decided it was time to pack up and pull down our tent, so aided by Rosemary
and Malcolm McLennan from Galston and Betty Andrews, we pulled down the tent and by four
o’clock had most of the gear packed into Leon’s small van. We left during the Finale around 4-
15 pm to be just in front of the traffic headed towards Sydney.

It was indeed a great day and I hope to experience many more such events, but I am afraid the
time has come for both Leon and myself to give away the erection of the tent and the other
activities needed for the day and be around just as helpers. We were indeed a bit like “Dad’s
Army” and it was such a relief to have Malcolm and Rosemary (and Betty Andrews) helping
with the removal and packing activities.

I am afraid that unless we can have some younger folk to volunteer and put the tent up and
manage things on behalf of our association that the tent of Clan MacLennan will not be there in
Graeme McLennan (Secretary)


Gwen MacLennan represented the clan on that day at Martin Place. A wreath was placed on the
cenotaph for all those people of Scottish and Scottish descent and relating to the MacLennan Clan,
who gave up their lives in bravery for defending their country in all wars. The crowds were very
large this year.

ANZAC International Military Tattoo - A Salute to the Anzacs at Sydney Superdome
All people who had attended this Military Tattoo had a most wonderful time and it truly was a salute to
the Anzacs.

                                    COMING EVENTS
1 July, 2006 Aberdeen (NSW) 7th Annual Highland Gathering, Jefferson Park
4 July, 2006 Guildford NSW Family Tree Workshop, Booking essential on 9681 7705/96444647
26 Aug, 2006 Toukley 10th Annual Gathering of the Clans at Harry Moore Oval
29 October, 2006 Highland Gathering at Castle Hill Showground, Sydney
Dec, 2006 Mosman Highland Gathering at the Scottish Cairn, Rawson Park, Mosman

Clan Lobban in South Australia!

Hi Everyone? Since being granted permanent residency visas back in November last year we have
been settling in like true Aussies. May and yours truly have been enjoying the extra benefits from
our Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, which makes our ‘daily’ medication that bit less

Son Alan is flourishing, more so since we managed to get his UK superannuation credits
transferred to Oz. He now receives a small pension from his previous employment ~ and he still
has a UK state pension to look forward to when he’s 65.

Our main task has been to work towards getting daughter Mairi ~ who was rejected and sent back
to Scotland over a year ago ~ to re-apply for a visa as Last Remaining Relative. In this we are
quietly confident over the outcome. We are working through a registered migration agent in
Adelaide, and to date all the forms have been completed and sent to DIMIA’s London office. At
the time of writing (31/03/06) she awaits word to attend a medical examination in Glasgow, the
result of which will be sent to Adelaide in due course. Fingers crossed everyone!

Last month our granddaughter Nicola became Mrs Aaron Skirrey, and a wonderful time was had
by all! Aaron recently left the Royal Australian Navy after seven years’ service, including a spell
in the Gulf, and is now employed as an aircraft fitter at RAAF Edinburgh at Elizabeth, SA. Nicola
works with Australia Post in the Adelaide Headquarters.

Second daughter Janis (Mrs Steve Moore) is still recovering from a badly broken arm, the result of
a holiday accident in Bali last year. She had metal plates inserted, which have restricted mobility
and affected the strength of the limb, the result of which she has been obliged to give up her job ~
but, undaunted, she is on the lookout for light work. She is a bit of a fighter.

Eldest daughter Karen (Mrs Wayne Dodd) is still a clinical nursing manager in charge of a respite
complex, connected to the Tregenza Avenue Aged Care Service in Elizabeth Vale, SA. In spite of
her busy and exacting work schedule, she finds time for wider family affairs, and has been a
mainstay in the negotiations to get her sister Mairi re-instated with the family here in Australia.

The youngest grandchildren Stephanie (Dodd) and Jason (Moore) are still at school and appear to
be involved in every activity on offer. Stephanie is into art and dancing and has been selected to a
group currently practising for a forthcoming dance display. Jason has a black belt for junior Tae
Kwon Do, and he seems to have leanings towards the dramatic arts.

Throughout April this year, we have been entertaining Andy and Jean Henderson ~ old neighbours
from Scotland ~ who have been over here on holiday. I have been acting as their tour-guide and
general taxi driver. All great fun!

That’s about all we have to report for now. However, we would again like to thank all the Aussie
Clans folk who rallied behind us during our four-year debate with Immigration. We would also like
to wish Brian Jasper a full recovery from his recent illness and hope that he and Jeanette are back
to enjoying life again.

Meanwhile, us auld yins are still plowterin’ aboot the hoose! May (the gaffer!) still keeps me in a
state of frequent bewilderment by her unique female logic ~ I just give her free rein and keep
nodding in agreement! Anything for bloody peace! We still take the pills, but aye look forward to a
few wee ‘nippy sweeties’ of a Friday night!

Cheerio the noo! Malcolm (alias ‘Calum Curamach’).

Hi Everybody, Malcolm again,

Wife May and son Alan are heading off to Scotland for a few weeks’ holiday. They fly out this
Monday (15th) May is anxious to see her sister and brother, both of whom are in care at different
locations back home. Besides, it will give us a chance to test out the brand new visas in their

Speaking of which, we have had further development concerning daughter Mairi’s re-application. In
short, DIMIA has asked for a financial Bond to be put in place by the sponsor (i.e. her Sister
Karen). This was attended to yesterday, and the indications (ALTHOUGH NOT YET FINAL!!!)
are that Mairi should have her visa in a few weeks’ time. The signs are really good.

Will let you know the final outcome

Regards. . .Malcolm.

In Gaelic, mac gille Fhaolain, ‘son of the servant of St Fillan’, an elaborated form of the name
Gilfillan; the names Cleland, Leland and Whelan are sometimes contractions. MacLellans were
numerous in Galloway in the latter part of the 14th century, and left their linguistic fingerprint on
the village of Balmaclellan in the Stewartry, an unusual example in Scotland of an ancient
settlement being called after a person and not the other way round. The earliest mention of the
surname is in 1305 when Patrick, son of Gilbert M’Lolane captured the castle of Dumfries from the
Bruce forces. The Highland bearers of the name – MacLellan was never reckoned a distinct clan –
are found in Morar in the 17th century, while the Perthshire MacLellans attached themselves to the
McNabs who were lay abbots of Glendochart. MacLellans emigrated to Canada in large numbers,
and their descendants are to be found on Cape Breton Island among other places. A Peter
MacLellan was one of the first to receive from the Crown a grant of land after the expulsion in
1755 of the Acadians from Nova Scotia.

Donald William MacGillivray m. Christian/Christy/Christine McLellan/MacLellan

At Baghasdail on South Uist, while Leila looked for shells on the beach, I took a walk across the
machair (low-lying grassy plain near the sea shore) to look at the ruins of an old church and it’s
adjoining burial ground. Not surprisingly for that district, most of the readable headstones were for
MacLellans and Fergusson but after climbing over a reasonably high wall into an enclosed private
plot, I discovered one for Dr D W MacGillivray of Eolaigearraidh, Isle of Barra, who died in 1886,
aged 77. His wife (a MacLennan) died in 1909 and sons Donald and Martin were there too.

When I mentioned this to Clan Sennachie Robert in Edinburgh, he immediately referred me to page
99 of a History of The Clan MacGillivray which reveals that Dr Donald William was a younger
brother of the famous Ornthologist, Professor William MacGillivray of Aberdeen University, two of
whose sons, Paul H and John also became eminent in the realm of natural science in Australia.

Donald William graduated in medicine at Edinburgh and took up practise in South Uist where he
also found time for farming. Later he obtained the tenancy of the fertile farm of Eoligarry, some
4,000 acres, on the fertile northern end of the island of Barra. He became one of the prominent men
on the island, as a doctor, a noted breeder of Highland cattle and as generous benefactor to the
destitute islanders.

Two of his sons – not those mentioned on the gravestone – Murdoch and William, carried on at
Eoligarry until 1920, when the estate was purchased by the government. They were enthusiastic
Ornithologists, like their uncle and cousins, and piping enthusiasts. With William’s death in 1939,
the MacGillivrary connection with Barra came to an end after almost a century.
Excerpt from Clan MacGillivray Journal Vol 3 No 3 1993.


The following is from State Records of NSW Archives in Brief 7, Issued March 1999

State Records houses the State archives of New South Wales. These consist of New South Wales government records,
which are considered worthy of permanent preservation. They date from the 1788 First Fleet Convict Indents and
include records relating to shipping, land settlement, Aboriginal people, public works, court cases, hotel licences and
other matters handled by public offices.

The State archives are an invaluable resource for the family historian. However, particular individuals may be difficult
to trace because the records are generally arranged by the government department, which created them rather than by
persons’ names. To make best use of archival sources, your first step should be to determine what dealings your
ancestor may have had with the government of the day. You then need to consider which Government office would be
likely to have retained this information.

Starting Your Family History

Remember, it is always easier to work from the present to the past. Before doing anything else, you should try to further
your knowledge of the family by “quizzing” your relatives and studying any available family papers or documents such
as Family Bibles or family photographs.

The spelling of surnames may change over time and before starting your research the possible variations should be
considered. Always remember to check any discrepancies in spelling against other sources, as clerical errors may have
occurred in the original documents.

Never assume relationships with families of the same name. Always start from what you know and base your research
on a firm line of descent using the available records.

Births, Death and Marriage Records

Almost all enquiries must start with birth, marriage or death records. The information supplied on birth and marriage
records tends to be fairly accurate, since details are supplied by parents and prospective couples. Death certificates
frequently indicate the length of time spent in New South Wales, and are therefore very useful. It is, however, wise to
remember that as this information is supplied by relatives or friends in attendance at the time, it may contain

State Records holds microfiche copies of the Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages prior to 1918, Indexes to Deaths
and Marriages up to 1945, as well as microfilm copies of the Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages to 1856
(volumes 1-123 only).

Copies of the Indexes and Registers are available at both the City and Western Sydney Search Rooms.

The Registers are included in the Genealogical Research Kit (GRK) (see below) and GRK holders generally also
purchase the Indexes from the Registry of Births, Death and Marriages.

Enquiries unable to check the Indexes or Registers may contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Level 1,
191-199 Thomas Street, Haymarket NSW 2000 Ph (02) 9228 8988 (PO Box 30 Sydney, NSW 2000) where, for a fee,
searches are undertaken and copies of certificates supplied.

Published Guides and Finding Aids

State Records has published a number of guides and information leaflets of particular value to family historians. In
particular, Information Leaflet No 41 Professions and Occupations: A select list of sources and Information Leaflet No.
43 An Introduction to sources for genealogical research are both extremely useful.

In addition, State Records (formerly the Archives Authority) has undertaken two major programmes to publish, in
microform, some of the most heavily used State archives. These are:

The Genealogical Research Kit (GRK)

The Kit consists of a wide selection of microform copies of State archives, which are of particular value to genealogists.
It is widely available in libraries throughout New South Wales, and in major institutions such as State Libraries in other
states. We recommend that researchers check basic sources such as birth, death and marriage, shipping and convict
records in the Kit, where possible, to ensure that maximum benefit is gained from a visit to our Search Rooms.

The Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1825 (CSP)

The Colonial Secretary’s Papers constitute the largest and most comprehensive collection of public records relating to
the early years of European settlement in Australia. They reflect all aspects of colonial life and provide valuable
information for the family historian. The Papers, which have been published on microform, are accompanied by a
microfiche index.

The microform copies of the Papers and the index are available in both the Search Rooms.

Leaflets on the Kit and the Prospectus for the Colonial Secretary’s Papers and a list of holders are available on

How We Can Help
A Select List of Sources
Arrivals - One of the most important sources for the family historian are the records of an ancestor’s arrival in New
South Wales. Arrivals are generally separated into five main groups.

Convicts – Convicts were transported to the colony between 1788 and 1842, with some further arrivals in 1849.
Free Settlers (individuals paying their own fare) – There were some free settlers arriving as early as 1782, but no
comprehensive lists were maintained until 1826. The passenger lists for the period 1826-53 have been indexed, but
steerage passengers and crew were always named, often making it impossible to locate and arrival in this period. The
lists from 1854 to 1922, which are unindexed, usually record all the passengers on board, including those in steerage, but
in most cases only the name is listed. Post 1922 arrivals can be searched at the NSW Regional Office of the National

Assisted Immigrants – There was several systems of immigration operating in NSW in a period 1828-96. Immigrant
lists, which are fully indexed, are useful, as they provide information about the immigrants, including there place of birth
and parents name.

Crew – generally there are a few records relating to crew until 1854, apart from these Ship’s Musters, 1816-25. The
lists from 1854-1922 are not indexed but they generally include the names of the crew members. Records relating to
seaman are also available in the State Archives and if your ancestor was a sailor it may be possible to locate further

Military Personal – unless military personal remained in the colony it can be difficult to locate information about them
using State Archives. Military Muster rolls and Pay lists, the originals of which are held at the public record office in
London, have been microfilmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). While State Records has some
of these records, the State Library holds a complete set of the AJCP Microfilms. Please inquire at the City or Western
Sydney Search rooms for details of our holdings.

Departures – Records of passengers departing from NSW where not maintained on a regular basis until 1898, although
some early lists do exist. Newspaper indexes in the Mitchell Library should also be consulted, as those about to leave
the Colony often advertised for the benefit of creditors.

Indexes – Indexes to Convict, free passenger and immigrant list, as well as the family history sources, such as land
records, are available both in the Search Rooms and in the Genealogy Research Kit.

Other useful sources
Records of:-
   • Census and Musters

    •   Coroners’ inquest
    •   Land occupation
    •   Naturalisation
    •   Publicans’ licences

Other AIBs

Check our other Archives in Brief which are available in our Search Rooms and on our Web site.

There are far more records held in the State Archives, which may also be of value to Genealogist. This summery
provides only a brief guide to some of the most frequently used sources. More details listings of holdings are given in
the publication Concise Guide to the State Archives of NSW (1992).

The following was composed by Jon G McLennan CA USA for Eilean Donan Castle

                                         CLAN MACLENNAN
 Kintail was the “native land” (dutchas) of the Clan MacLennan. Early historians record the
 MacLennans, MacIvors, MacLeays and MacAuleys as the original inhabitants of Kintail. The
 MacLennans lived in Glen Elchaig, Glen Lichd, Glenshiel and Strathcroe. Septs were to be found
 in /Glenelg, Glengarry and Morar. In the early 14th century the MacRaes are said to have
 emigrated from the Aird to Kintail. These clans formed a confederation supporting the aspirations
 of early MacKenzie Chiefs, who were vassals of the Lord of the Isles. They were used to pursue
 MacDonald claims to the Earldom of Ross in legendary conflicts at: Drumderfit (1340), Bealach
 na Broige (1369) and Harlaw (1411).

 The name MacLennan is a Gaelic patronym commemorating the ancient Celtic Saint Fhinnein (or
 Adamnan). The eponymous son of Gillefhinnein-the servant of Fhinnein “MacGillefhinnein,”
 became the appellation MacGilllinnein anglicised as MacLennan. This surname was adopted over
 other family designations by the mid 17th century. The majority of MacLennans evolved from this
 core gene pool in Wester Ross, while a few evolved independently in Ayrshire and Galloway.

 The MacKenzies and allies openly opposed their MacDonald overlords after the forfeiture of the
 Lordship of the Isles, ultimately achieving their own autonomy in the early 16th Century. The
 MacLennan’s became the standard-bearers and the MacRae’s the body guards of the MacKenzies
 of Kintail. The Reverend John MacRae of Glenshiel said of the MacLennans and MacRaes
 “These, except the name only are united by every tie of connection; yet it is not unusual to see
 them under the influence of those passions which mutual jealousy and clannish animosity inspire.
 It is seldom, however, they fail to unite against any third party whom they may believe or imagine
 to have, a design of invading the right of either”.

 Clan MacLennan suffered heavy losses against the forces of Montrose at the Battle of Auldearn in
 1645. Chief Roderick and the leading gentry were slain while defending the Earl of Seaforth’s
 standard, the “Caberfeidh”.

 There is unsupported tradition that their widows married MacRaes. MacLennan families were
 “settled” on MacKenzie lands in Kinlochewe, Strathconon, Lochcarron, Black Isle and Lewis.
 This dispersal, in conjunction with the effects of Auldearn, was responsible for the fragmentation
 of the Clan.

The MacKenzies, MacRaes, Mathesons, Murchisons, and MacLennans formed a part of the
Kintail regiment supporting the Jacobite forces at Sheriffmuir (1716) and at Glensheil (1719).
Though not “out” as a Clan in 1745 many MacLennans fought with the Earl of Cromartie and
MacDonalds of Glengarry. There were MacLennans, whose landlords supported the House of
Hanover, who found themselves enrolled in the “independent companies” opposing their kinsman.

Most of the MacLennans remaining in Kintail emigrated to the Colonies in the early 1770’s and
1849. During the infamous Highland clearances over 120 MacLennans were forcefully evicted
from their homes in Strathconon, many emigrating to Canada.

John MacLennan of that Ilk was listed as a signatory with other principal Chiefs in a document
dated 1714. The clan remained without a Chief until 1977 when by “Derbfine” election – Ronald
George MacLennan, matriculated armorial bearings at the Lyon Court. The Clan MacLennan
Association has branches in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
The Bagpipe (Ceol Mhor) and its music became an integral aspect of Highland Society by the 16th
century. A strong tradition evolved among MacLennans. This was epitomized by the contribution
of George Stewart (1939) and Donald Ross (1986) MacLennan to the writing, performing and
preservation of pipe music.

The following has been taken from Betty Cameron’s book Scots Corner

                          MCLENNAN’S of SCOTS CORNER
The McLennans belonged to the Clan Logan and the name appears to have been used mainly by
the Logans of the north of Scotland, and the name McLennan is still common in Ross Shire.

Two branches of the McLennan family emigrated to Australia and eventually came to Scots’
Corner. The first of these were two brothers, Roderick and John, who were among the earliest
settlers in the New England area. John selected “Bal-blahr” in what is now the Guyra area,
naming it after his birthplace in Ross Shire, Scotland. His brother Roderick was at Rockvale
Station, on the head water of the Wollomombi River, and it was largely due to the enthusiastic
reports which the brothers sent home to relatives in Scotland that they, too, were persuaded to
come to Australia, and eventually to New England.

In an old register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, at the Presbyterian Church at Armidale, which
was begun during the Ministry of Rev John Morrison, the marriage of Roderick McLennan of
Rockvale is recorded. Roderick McLennan was a widower, his first wife, Jane Robson, having
died after the birth of her second child. Roderick remarried Margaret Ross 1853.

The same old register records the baptisms of their children: Donald Ross and Jane Ann.

Roderick was a cousin of Roderick McRae who came from Scotland with his parents, John and
Mary McRae (nee McLennan – Sue Catterall’s GGG grandparents) and went to Rockvale first as
overseer and then as manager and was there for 15 years, managing first for Roderick and then for
John Gill when he bought the property. Roderick McRae then took up “Fairburn” and moved his
family there. John Alexander McLennan after a period at “Bal blahr”, sold out and moved to the
gold fields of the Turon in the Bathurst area. His wife was a sister of Alexander Fraser of Maiden

The McLennan brothers had an old Aunt who came to Australia – Ann McLennan, affectionately
known to the whole community as ‘Old Aunty’. She had a brother who fought at Alexandria in
1801 and was also a sister of Mary McRae (nee McLennan), wife of John Roy McRae, and mother
of Roderick McRae who selected “Fairburn”. ‘Old Aunty’ lived first at “Bal blahr” with her
nephew John, and later at “Invervanie” Kelly’s Plains, Armidale, where the Roderick McLennan
family had their home. (Sue’s McLennan’s). She died about the turn of the century at the great
old age of 101 ½ years.

Another branch of the McLennan family moved into the Scots’ Corner area about 1871. This was
another Roderick McLennan, who had been employed at “Clerkness” in the Bundarra district
before taking up land on his own account. He and his wife, Elizabeth Jamieson, were married in
Scotland and when they selected the property they named Kilcoy, they had three sons, Allan,
William and Murdoch.

William and Murdoch were born at Bundarra, and two more sons were later born at Kilcoy –
Andrew and Roderick. They had two other children, a daughter born prematurely in 1881 who did
not survive, and another son, Donald Gordon, born in 1886. Elizabeth did not survive his birth.
She was 44 years old, and her baby lived but a short ten months, dying in October, 1886.

Roderick and Elizabeth had been accompanied to Kilcoy by his widowed mother, Margaret, who,
it is said, spoke only Gaelic. Duncan McRae mentioned her in his diary in 1881 when she was
very ill in July of that year. However, she was to outlive both her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and
son, Roderick, who died on 5th February, 1895, aged 56. Margaret was 86 years old when she died
later in the same year – 6th August, 1895. Elizabeth died on 17th January, 1886. All are buried at
After Roderick McLennan’s death his sons carried on at Kilcoy in partnership as McLennan Bros.
Their names are listed as Allan John, William Jamieson, Murdoch Alexander, Andrew Brown and
Roderick Hugh. They dissolved the partnership in 1906. In the meantime they had purchased
Mount William in the Aberfoil area, which they resold to the Grills two years later, and “Armidale

Gully” in 1900. The eldest of the brothers, Allan, had moved out of the district when the
partnership was dissolved and in 1906 William took charge of Kilcoy, Murdoch moved to
Armidale Gully, Andrew took up wool-classing and Roderick bought a property at Oakey in
Queensland, which he called “Hillgrove”. Later he moved to Toowoomba. His widow, Emily
(nee Davis) died at the age of 83. She married Roderick Hugh McLennan about 1905.

Murdoch McLennan married Jessie Finlayson of “Forglen” in 1894, and their three sons were born
at Kilcoy. They were Roderick Jamieson, Donald and William Colin Norman and all were
baptised in the Kilcoy Church. Two other children were M.K. (Jack) and Beatrice (Mrs Frank

The original selector of Kilcoy, Roderick McLennan, was one of the leaders in the building of the
Kilcoy Church and it was at his home that the first meeting was held to make plans for the raising
of funds for the building and the drawing up of plans and specifications. Services had been
conducted in the Kilcoy homestead from the earliest days of the settlement of Scots Corner. They
were conducted by Rev Thomas Johnstone, usually on a week day and at about six weekly

The site chosen for the Church was on the McLennan selection, Kilcoy, and it is one acre portion
55, Parish of Chandler, County of Clarke, in the Armidale Land Division. At the same time a
portion of Kilcoy was also set aside for the building of a Manse but this was never needed as the
Ministers either came from Armidale or, later, from Wollomombi where another Church was built,
and a Manse added a few years afterwards. Kilcoy Church stands on a hill overlooking the Kilcoy
homestead, and with a view of the Wollomombi River valley to the west and south, and was built
at a point where roads from surrounding selections converged. It was right beside the old
Chandler Road, now no longer used, and roads led off to the village of Wollomombi by way of
“Applecross” and “Coninside”, and north via “Tullich”, to “Camperdown” or “Rockvale”, and
along the Chandler Road, back towards Armidale lay “Pointsfield”, “Coningdale”, “Forglen” and
“Greenvale” and eastwards, roads led to “Maryburn”, “Inverinate”, “Marysvale”, “Fairburn”,
“Maiden Creek” and to “Fassifern”.

William McLennan who remained at Kilcoy when the partnership with his brothers ended in 1906,
married Miss Christina McRae (Leon Vance’s line and also related to Sue Catterall), daughter of
Duncan and Ann McRae of Inverinate. They were married in the old Inverinate homestead on 12th
October, 1904.

William and Christina had four children – Keith, Edna, Mary and Duncan. When William died,
the property was divided and part of it, which is now known as Akuna was sold and Duncan
McLennan retained the homestead and western portion. Keith McLennan had the part, which had
been a portion of Tullich, called Glendon.

Duncan McLennan married Miss Jean L Gordon on 21st May, 1942 in Armidale and it was her
interest in the history, first of Kilcoy Church and afterwards of the whole Scots Corner area, which
inspired the book. Sadly she died in 1969. She was largely responsible for the renovation of the
Kilcoy Church and helped with much of the work of restoring the furnishing and in organising the
re-opening ceremony and planting a wattle tree and shrubs in the grounds. Duncan and Jean had
one daughter Joanne.

Map of Scots Corner

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                            Tartan Day 2006 ~ July 1st

 International Tartan Day is fast approaching . All good Scots are supposed to display their national
pride by wearing some tartan. It’s not something they’ve always been able to do. For 25 years, from
 1747 to 1782, wearing your tartan was a criminal and punishable by transportation ‘to her Majesty’s
plantations beyond the seas’ for seven years. Check out Churches for services to celebrate the day.

                   Annual General Meeting 8th July 2006
                                        (see President’s Report)

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