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Ancestors of Hester Evelyn Vessey

Generation No. 6

      40. James M. McLaren30, born 1743 in Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland30; died 1818 in Brudenell Island, P.E.I., Canada30. He was the son of 80. Donald MacLaren and 81. Elizabeth Stewart. He married 41. Isobel MacDonald 11 January 1764 in Parish of Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland30.

      41. Isobel MacDonald, born 31,31; died Abt. 1847 in Montague, P.E.I., Canada. She was the daughter of 82. Angus MacDonald and 83. Isabel Robertson.

Notes for James M. McLaren:
After a long court battle to reclaim his fathers property James McLaren left Scotland for Prince Edward Island. He sailed in 1803 on the "Commerce" from Port Glascow to Pictou, Nova Scotia and from there to Prince Edward Island.
On July 16th, 1903 there was a centenary celebration and unveiling of a monument to the memory of the Brudenell Pioneers and 50 years later there was an anniversary celebration and unveiling of a plaque to their memory. In 2003 there will be another gathering on Prince Edward Island to honor these pioneers from Scotland who were led by James McLaren.

Following are excerpts from the book published for the 1953 celebration:

Monument To The Brudenell Pioneers

The monument is of New Brunswick grey granite, resting on a base of granite, rock and cement.

On the front face of the die are the following inscriptions:--

James McLaren, born 1742, died 1818
Donald Gordon, born 1762, died 1819
His wife Christina McLaren, died 1804. Their three children.
Duncan Robertson and two children.
Margaret, wife of Donald Robertson
Elizabeth, wife of James McLaren, natives of Perthshire, Scotland.

On the left side of the die:--

Children of Wm. McLaren.
Duncan Stewart.
Simon Wallace.

Right side of die:--

John Moar, 1826.
James Moar, 1826.
Grace, Duncan, Monroe.

Erected by their descendants in memory of the pioneers of Brudenell who are buried there.

From Address by Nathaniel MacLaren at 1903 celebration:

One hundred years ago a little band of Scottish emigrants consisting of Jas. McLaren, who may be termed the leader of the band, his wife Isabel McDonald and their family, numbering four sons and three daughters with two sons-in-law, James Stewart and Donald Gordon, and their families, making in all some twenty-two persons landed at Brudenell River, which was at that time an unbroken wilderness, and at once began that stern struggle for existance which is the inevitable experience of all settlers in a new and untried country.

From Dr. Gordon's Address 1903:

They must have left Glascow very soon after July 9th. There is no record of their arrival in Pictou. Probably it was about the middle of September. From Pictou they took passage in a small unseaworthy vessel called the Arrow, for Brudenell, and arrived there early in October. In coming across from Pictou, they encountered a storm and the vessel sprung a leak of so severe a character that it required the utmost effort of the passengers and crew working at the pump to keep the boat from sinking. When the men were exhausted the women took their places at the pump.

From Items of Interest;

Records in the Land Office in the Provincial Building, Charlottetown, show that for the consideration of one hundred and thirty-three pounds, on the 2nd day of May, 1804, James MacLaren purchased 266 acres of land on the north bank of the Brudenell River, at or near Oyster or Norton's Creek from Thomas, Earl of Selkirk, through his Attorney, James Williams.

In the "History of the Early Churches in Prince Edward Island", it makes mention of a small church built at Brudenell Island where until his death in 1827 (?error monument says 1818), James MacLaren on the Sabbath read the ritual of the Anglican Church to the few scattered settlers of the neighbouring districts.

More About James McLaren and Isobel MacDonald:
Marriage: 11 January 1764, Parish of Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland32
Children of James McLaren and Isobel MacDonald are:
  i.   Christine Mclaren, born in Scotland; died 1804 in P.E.I., Canada; married Donald GORDON; born 1762 in Toncastle Scotland; died 1819.
  ii.   Elizabeth McLaren, born in Scotland; died in Wisconsin.
  More About Elizabeth McLaren:
Burial: Wisconsin

  iii.   Jessie McLaren, born Abt. 1766 in Scotland; died in P.E.I., Canada; married James Stewart.
  20 iv.   Donald M. McLaren, born 1770 in Balquhidder, Scotland; died 1843 in Ontario, Canada; married Elizabeth Stewart 08 September 1793 in Parish of Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland.
  v.   James McLaren, born 1776 in Scotland; died 1863 in P.E.I., Canada; married Elizabeth MCFARLANE; born 1809; died 1846.
  More About James McLaren:
Burial: Murray Harbour North P.E.I. Canada

  vi.   William McLaren, born 1778 in Scotland; died 1850 in P.E.I., Canada; married Jessie ROBERTSON; born 1783 in Scotland; died 1851 in P.E.I., Canada.
  vii.   John McLaren, born 1786 in Scotland; died 1863 in P.E.I., Canada; married Margaret STEWART.

      42. Duncan Stewart He married 43. Janet McCalman.

      43. Janet McCalman
Child of Duncan Stewart and Janet McCalman is:
  21 i.   Elizabeth Stewart, born Abt. 1771 in Bruelane, Blair Atholl, Scotland; died 1843 in Brudenell, PEI, Canada; married Donald M. McLaren 08 September 1793 in Parish of Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland.

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