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Title: The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?
Posted by: Kyle MacLea
Date: 14 April 2006

As we all know, the 'Account of McLea' has some great information which has greatly influenced our scholarship on the McLea family.

http://www.macleay.cncfamily.com/account_of_mclea.htm 

I have never been able to determine what relationship, if any, my family might have to this group, the Revs. Duncan and Archibald McLea, et al.  

But having re-read it, I see a potential connection with my own family.

As I've stated before on the Forum, my eldest 100% confirmed ancestor is John McLea, who married Janet McKay, and who probably both came from Rothesay, Isle of Bute.  Using this John McLea, b. 1790 as a basis for further research in the Parish Records of Rothesay, I have put together (with others on the Forum) the idea that my ancestors beyond John (if this is the right John)were:

Parents:  Duncan McLea & Margaret Fisher
Grandparents:  John McLea & Janet Brown
Great-grandparents:  Archibald McLea & Helen Bannatyne.

Beyond that, there are no good records.  Duncan, John, and Archibald were all Tailors.

Now, as a bit of circumstantial evidence of a connection, using the Account of McLea as a basis, we know some things about the Rev. Archibald McLea and his family.

It says:

"The author was the son of Archibald Maclea in Rothesay. Prior to 1700 he was schoolmaster of Kilmodan, and then of Inveraray. He became minister of Dull in 1717 and died in 1749. He had three sons, of whom the eldest became minister of Lochgoilhead and the youngest minister of Inverchaolain. The second son, Archibald, born in 1738, became minister of Rothesay in 1765, married Isabella Macleod, grand-daughter of Hector Bannatyne of Kames, and died in 1824."

The fact that the marriage of the Rev. Archibald to Isabella MacLeod is recorded in the very same parish records as my McLeas is certainly encouraging.  The fact that they spent at least a couple of generations on Bute, or nearby in Argyll is also encouraging.  It is also interesting to note that Archibald's marriage to the "grand-daughter of Hector Bannatyne" provides a connection with the Bannatynes that is also seen with MY Archibald, marrying a Helen Bannatyne.  No evidence that my Bannatynes or my McLeas are directly related to his McLeas or his Bannatynes, but the presence of both names in both families is encouraging.  Probably they were at least aware of each other!

Anyway, I thought it was interesting and some food for thought. I need to go through the Account more carefully, putting together the family relationships discussed and looking more carefully through the records of film 1041085 for McLeas, Bannatynes, McLeods, etc.

Since the author of the Account states that his is a direct lineal descendant of the McLeas of Lindsaig, it might provide some evidence that my family represents part of that line...

Hey, just wild conjecture at this point!  But, as Donald says, that's what this Forum is for!

Kyle=

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Title:Date:Posted By:
The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Kyle MacLea
   The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Young Bachuil
      The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Kyle MacLea
      The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Grant South
         The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Kyle MacLea
            The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Donald (Livingstone) Clink
               The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?14 April 2006Kyle MacLea
                  The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?15 April 2006Donald (Livingstone) Clink
            The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?19 April 2006Grant South
   The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?29 November 2006anne reynolds
      The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?30 November 2006Kyle MacLea
         The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?30 November 2006J. Stewart McLay
            The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?30 November 2006Kyle MacLea
            The 'Account of McLea' -- a connection?21 May 2007Rod Maclay II

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