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John McLennan (1787-1850)

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In 1817 John Maclennan was attorney for Hugh McCalmont's plantation Hope and Experiment [Nos 15 & 16], with its 286 slaves, on the west sea coast of Berbice. He owned 23 slaves himself, 12 male and 11 female.

In 1814 he was one of those who gave evidence of what was taken to be a planned uprising of enslaved people on plantations along the coast.

In 1820 - now known as ‘John Maclennan Esq of Lynedale, Isle of Skye, formerly of Berbice’ - he married (8 Feb 1820) Catherine Bethune (b.1792), whose two brothers were planters in in the colony [Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae: parish of Alness]. He was still acting as attorney for Hugh McCalmont in 1822 and so must have returned to the colony.

After Catherine's death he married Marion Grant, sister-in-law of Malcolm Nicolson, who had also been in Berbice and had returned to Skye. After his death at Lyndale in April 1851 there was a petition to sequestrate his estate (CS279/1718).

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