John MacLean (historian)

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John MacLean

John Lean

(1811-09-17)17 September 1811
Blisland, Cornwall, England
Died5 March 1895(1895-03-05) (aged 83)
Occupationcivil servant, genealogist, author
Known forhistorical and genealogical works
Mary Billing
(m. 1835)
RelativesScottish Clan Maclean

Sir John Maclean KB, FSA (17 September 1811 – 5 March 1895) [1] was a British civil servant, genealogist and author.



Maclean was born John Lean, a son of Robert Lean, of Trehudreth in the parish of Blisland in Cornwall, where he was born in 1811. His mother was Elizabeth Every, a daughter of Thomas Every, of Bodmin, Cornwall. After genealogical research his ancestors were connected to the Scottish Clan Maclean, and in 1845, with his brothers, he added to his surname the prefix "Mac".

In 1837 he entered the Ordnance Department of the War Office, and became deputy auditor in April, 1865. He resigned this post on a pension, and received a knighthood in January, 1871. Sir John Maclean died at his residence, Glasbury House, Richmond Hill, Clifton, Bristol, of influenza. on Tuesday 5 March 1895. [2]


In 1835 at Helland in Cornwall, he married Mary Billing, eldest sister and co-heiress of Thomas Billing, of Lanke, Cornwall. [3]


Trehudreth Mill Blisland, Trehudreth Mill - - 108393.jpg
Trehudreth Mill

Sir John's Parochial History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor (1872–1879) in 3 volumes is the most detailed work of parochial history which deals with Cornwall (the deanery of Trigg Minor consisted of 20 parishes at the time he wrote). It was published in parts intended for binding as three volumes: [4] there was also a separate edition of the part on Blisland. He was the author of several other historical works, including Life and Times of Sir Peter Carew , Letters of Sir Robert Cecil to Sir George Carew , and Memoir of the Family of Poyntz, [2] (of Iron Acton, Gloucestershire).

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  1. "Maclean, John, Sir, 1811-1895". Library of Congress. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Obituary". The Times. London. 7 March 1895. p. 10. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  3. Courtney, William Prideaux (1901). "Maclean, John (1811–1895)"  . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  4. London: Nichols & Sons, 25, Parliament Street. Bodmin: Liddell and Son, 1873-79