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Clan Maclean Heritage Trust



Since 1996 memorial cairns have been erected by or with the help of the Trust at Ticonderoga in USA, and at Inverell in Australia. A cairn has also been built at Traigh Ghruinneart
Picture of Pitreavie Cairn
Pitreavie Cairn
on Islay to remember the death of Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart in 1598, and an associated historical display was researched and produced to educate the public about the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart.

One of the Trust's most ambitious projects was the cairn at Pitreavie, Fife, erected in 2001 to commemorate the death of Sir Hector Maclean of Duart, the Chief, along with 760 clansmen in 1651 at the Battle of Inverkeithing. The cairn is built from granite brought 150 miles from the Maclean lands. Associated with this project was the preparation of display boards and liaison with the local primary school.

Unveiling of the Kilninian Cairn
Kilninian cairn
In 2007, during the International Gathering on Mull, a cairn was unveiled at Kilninian, on the Torloisk Estate on the island, to commemorate the life of General Allan Maclean (1725-1797). The General was a brave and distinguished Maclean whom many consider as being the Hero of Quebec and the saviour of modern-day Canada.

Memorial plaques

Various significant members of the clan have been commemorated by memorial plaques, including the Hon. Allan McLean (1839-1911), the 19th century Australian Premier and Federation Father, at Maffra, Victoria.

Plaque to Dr John Angus McLean Plaque
Dr John Angus MacLean plaque
In 2006 a plaque was erected at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, to recognise the work of Dr John Angus McLean. He was the first to undertake a successful person-to-person blood transfusion.

Also in 2006, a commemorative plaque was hung in Old Government House at Frederictown, New Brunswick, Canada, to remember the 236th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, known as the Maclean Kilties, originally raised as a New Brunswick-based battalion in 1916 during the First World War. The Kilties refurbished this building and used it as a barracks, before returning it for use as a hospital. For a history of the Kilties, see The MacLean Kilties by Ian MacLean on the Clan Maclean Atlantic (Canada) website.

In 2003 a picture of Lieut. Hector Lachlan Stewart MacLean VC was presented to Fettes College, Edinburgh. He was a pupil at the School and was awarded the VC when serving on the Indian North West Frontier in 1897.

In 2009 the Trust erected a memorial plaque at the University of Sydney, Australia, commemorating Dr Archibald Lang McLean (see 2009 Events).

In 2013 two plaques were unveiled in North America (see 2013 Events). One commemorates the building of Fort Dewart in Pennsylvania by Sir Allan Maclean of Brolas, then Chief of the Clan Maclean. It is the second oldest military field fortification on the continent and the only redoubt of its configuration that has never been altered. The name pays homage to the large number of Macleans recruited by Sir Allan into the 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders). The other, in Belfast, Prince Edward Island, commemorates the life of J. Angus MacLean, former Premier of Prince Edward Island.

Manuscripts and archives

The tangible heritage of the Clan has included the restoration of the historic Maclean hatchment to Brigadier-General Francis McLean at St Paul's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, dating from 1782, the only Maclean hatchment in existence.

Brig-Gen. Francis McLean hatchment
The Trust has purchased 700 Maclean papers and documents, including a unique Maclaine of Lochbuie charter of 1493, thought to be the oldest Clan Maclean document in private hands, and a notarial instrument of 1542. A full transcription and translation of the 1493 charter was undertaken. These papers have been indexed and most are housed, on loan, at the Isle of Mull Museum. The older documents, including the 1493 charter and 1542 notarial instrument, are on permanent loan to the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Trust continues to purchase books for the Maclean Library.

Historic buildings

The Trust is a sponsor of the vital and important work of consolidation of Moy Castle, the ancestral castle of the Maclaines of Lochbuie.


Educating the public is a fundamental purpose of the Trust. In this connection a project recently brought to fruition was the symposium on the influences and legacy of the historian Alexander Maclean Sinclair held at St Francis Xavier University Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada in May 2009. This was co-sponsored by the Trust with the Celtic Studies Department of the University and Clan Maclean Atlantic Canada, and attended by the Chief (see 2009 Events).


As part of its mandate to educate Macleans and the public at large about the heritage of the Clan, the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust produces books and other publications.
Death or Victory – Tales of the Clan Maclean is a collection of short stories about the history of the Clan aimed at children (of all ages). For more information, see here.
The Trust has also recently produced Pipe Music of the Clan Maclean, the first new book of Maclean pipe music for more than 100 years (see Piping below).
A colouring book for children is available as a free down-load from here.
A map showing the sites of battles, castles with Maclean connections and land areas that the Macleans held for at least some time, over 500 years from the 13th century is also available (see here).
All of these publications may be obtained from our bookshop.
The Maclean Register (see Current Projects) will be another contribution under this heading.


Part of the Trust’s policy of taking the Clan’s heritage into the future has been the founding of a Piping Bursary for a young Maclean at the College of Piping in Glasgow. The bursary is awarded every five years and helps to pay for tuition and accommodation.

The first award was made by the Chief on the steps of Duart Castle during the International Gathering in 2002, to Alexander Maclean from Tiree. The second bursary was awarded in 2007 to Nicholas McLean from Kilmartin by Lochgilphead, Argyll. The third bursary was awarded in 2012 to Jamie MacLean from Hillend in Midlothian.

The Trust also arranged sponsorship of a special Clan Maclean area in the main Piping Hall at the College of Piping in Glasgow (thanks to an individual's gift of £1,500).

In 2011 the Trust sponsored a competition, administered by the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, for the composition of a new piping tune (see 2011 Events).

Most recently, the Trust completed the compilation of the first new book of Maclean pipe music for more than 100 years. For more information about this book, see here. It was launched at the International Gathering on Mull in June 2012. The Trust also sponsored a piping competition, held at the National Piping Centre in August, when four leading pipers each played one of the Maclean tunes. For further information on both these events, see 2012 Events.

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