An Account of the Surname of MacLean, or Macghillean: From the Manuscript of 1751 and a Sketch of the Life and Writings of Lachlan MacLean, with Other Information Pertaining to the Clan MacLean (Classic Reprint) by J P MacLean (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from An Account of the Surname of Maclean, or Macghillean: From the Manuscript of 1751 and a Sketch of the Life and Writings of Lachlan Maclean, With Other Information Pertaining to the Clan Maclean The first published account of the Clan MacLean, of any moment, was that printed in London in 1838, under the title: Account of the Clan MacLean, a book of 358 pages. It is an anymous work, under the name Seneachie. The late Alexander Thomas Maclean, Fifteenth Maclean of Ardgour, informed me when I visited him in 1888, that the writer, or compiler was Rev. John Campbell Sinclair, and the expense was borne by Charles Hope Maclean. He went even still further and made uncomplimentary comments on the author. The statement of Ardgour fixes the internal origin of the book, for one would be more likely to kw. After the publication of my history of the clan, I placed a copy in his hands, and I never heard of his demurring to the statement, as to the authorship, I made in that work. All histories treating of the Western Isles of Scotland make more or less tice of the MacLeans. Among the earliest works that treat of the origin of the various Clans of Scotland are the Book Ballymote, 1383; the Book of Leccan, 1416; the Skene Manuscript, 1467; and MacFirbis's Book of Genealogies, 1650 to 1666. Among the manuscripts particularly devoted to the Macleans, the oldest kwn is that of 1716, w in the Advocates Library, Edinburgh, and attached to the Macfarlane MS. I have specially treated this MS. in ather work, which was generously published by our enthusiastic clansman, Colonel John Bayne Maclean of Toronto. The edition is quite limited. Probably the next point of time is that of 1751. This was entirely new to me until November, 1913, when a copy was placed in my hands by John MacLean, chairman of the Great Gathering of the Clan in 1912. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.