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Mary McLennan (1815–1898)

Mary McLennan, n.d,

Mary McLennan, n.d,

photo supplied by Sandra Arrell

Mrs. Mary McLennan, an old resident of the district, died on Wednesday, at the residence of her eldest son, Mr. Farquhar McLennan, Blaxland's Creek. Deceased, who was 83 years of age, was a native of Rosshire, Scotland, and came to the colony with her late husband, Mr. Alexander McLennan, in the year 1837. They first settled on the Hunter, where they remained nine years, afterwards removing to New England and the Clarence, residing for many years on the Orara. They chiefly engaged in grazing pursuits. When residing at Glen Ferneigh in the forties, fifties and early sixties, Mr. and Mrs. McLennan were widely known for their open-hearted hospitality. Mrs. McLennan survived her husband 17 years, and leaves 140 surviving descendants — four sons and four daughters, 72 grandchildren, and 60 great-grandchildren. The funeral took place yesterday, and was largely attended.

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Mary McLennan, n.d,

Mary McLennan, n.d,

photo supplied by Sandra Arrell

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Matheson, Mary

Plockton, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland


3 August, 1898 (aged ~ 83)
Blaxlands Creek, New South Wales, Australia

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