Clan Maclean Heritage Trust
The following Maclean anniversaries fell in 2011.
This was celebrated by the Clan Maclean Association of England and Wales at a reception at the Special Forces Club in London on 11th March 2011 (see here for more information about Sir Fitzroy)
Born in Oban in 1840, he came to Australia as a child. He was first elected to represent Gippsland North in the Legislative Assembly of Victoria. In that Assembly he was President of the Board of Land and Works and Minister of Agriculture (1890-1891), Chief Secretary (1891-1893) and finally Premier of Victoria (1899 – 1900).
He was a member of the first Australian House of Representatives (1901 – 1906) and Minister for Trade and Customs (1904 – 1905).
The Trust commemorated him in 2001 with a plaque at the public library in his home town of Maffra, Victoria.
Sorley MacLean (1911-1996) was a poet of international stature and one of the most distinguished of all Gaelic poets. He is considered in many ways to have brought Scottish Gaelic poetry into the modern era, and he is a key figure in modern Scottish literature.
During 15 - 18 June this year Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on Skye (part of the University of the Highlands and Islands), and the Scottish Centre for Island Studies, part of the University of the West of Scotland, will be co-hosting a "commemorative get-together" to celebrate this centenary.
John McLean is possibly the most distinguished American Maclean to date. President John Quincy Adams described him as the best and most efficient Postmaster General in the nation’s history. His thirty-two years on the Supreme Court make him one of the twelve longest serving Justices in history. At the same time he was a potential candidate in every Presidential election between 1832 and 1860, except in 1840. He had been considered a viable candidate by at least eight different parties, and at least three times his name had been put forward at more than one political convention in the same year. This is a record that has been unmatched by any political figure in the history of the nation. In the Supreme Court he took a strong and often solitary stance against slavery.
He entered the ordnance department of the War Office in 1837, was Keeper of the Ordnance Records in the Tower of London (1855-1861), and Deputy Chief Auditor of Army Accounts (1865-1871). He was knighted in 1871.
He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) in 1855 and for many years was a member of the council. He founded the Harleian Society and he helped to found the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. He was President of the Royal Institution of Cornwall in 1892.
Lachlan Macquarie's mother Margaret (1728-1810) was the sister of Murdoch Maclaine (1730-1804), 19th Chief of Lochbuie. In April 1809 Macquarie was appointed Governor of New South Wales in Australia, taking over from William Bligh (of Bounty fame). As Governor he made a significant contribution to the growth of the state of New South Wales and his many legacies endure. He is widely recognised as being responsible for transforming the new colony from a penal settlement to a flourishing society. This was ultimately achieved through his visionary leadership, strength of character and principles of egalitarianism. He died in London on 1st July 1824. The National Trust of Australia administers his grave on Mull. He is remembered in many place-names, including Macquarie Street in Sydney, Lake Macquarie, Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, the Antarctic dependency of Macquarie Island and Sydney’s Macquarie University.
The Battle of Harlaw was part of a struggle between Macdonalds and Stewarts for control of Scotland. Its immediate cause was a campaign by Donald Macdonald, Lord of the Isles, to secure his claim to the Earldom of Ross and the associated land. This claim was opposed by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, the regent of Scotland. In the battle, the Macdonalds were led by Donald himself, with Hector Roy Maclean (Donald's nephew) as one of his principal lieutenants. The Stewarts were led by Albany's nephew, Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar.
The battle itself was inconclusive. Although Mar was successful in halting Macdonald's campaign, he suffered a much higher casualty rate. Hector Roy was killed in single combat with Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum, who also died.
The 600th anniversary was commemorated by the installation of new panels, including the coat of arms of our Chief, on the existing monument (see 2011 Events).