Researching the family tree of
Charles Rawden Maclean, known as "John Ross",
born 17 August 1815, Fraserburgh - died 13 August 1880 at sea on RMS Larne
Charles Rawden Maclean's mother was
Charlotte Walker, born 1779 in Oxfordshire, England and married 25th Dec. 1802, London.
Her gravestone stands in St Clement's Cemetery, Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland.
The text from all four sides of the pillar is in the St Clement's M.I. booklet from the Highland Family History Society
On her death certificate (d.1862) her father is described as
"Peter Walker, teacher, Oxford College, England."
I wonder if somewhere in Oxford University
there still exists a record for Peter Walker?
He was married to Rebecca Wool(l)mer.
His father Francis, who joined the Royal Navy aged 12, lies in a known but re-used grave in St Peter's Cemetery, Aberdeen.
In the Directory of City of Aberdeen he lived in Denburn Terrace from 1824 - 1829 and died at Kingsland Place in 1837.
His sister Charlotte has this gravestone in Nellfield Cemetery, Aberdeen, Scotland.
His sister Rebecca is recorded but unmarked in St Peter's Cemetery, Aberdeen.
His sister Isabella is recorded on their mother's Dingwall gravestone,
as is brother Alexander who died in mid-Atlantic, captain of the Thames.
Brothers Francis (b.1811) and Henry Allan (b.1817) and his wife (d.1887 Castries, St Lucia.) and daughter are still to be found.
15 London Street, Edinburgh.
(scroll to foot of this link - page 597)(1785 -1863)(born Berwick.
)(Not proved to be a relation of Charles Rawden Maclean.)
served first as a First Class Volunteer and then as a Midshipman for three years (1798-1801)
under Lieutenant (from 1797) Francis McLean (father of Charles) on the Terpsichore
( Comparing their Service Records held at the National Archives, Kew.)
was injured at the battle of Trafalgar (1805), became a Captain
and after a long career ended his days in Dublin.)
The Old Parish Record (below) for the baptism in 1817 in Fraserburgh reads
"Charles Rawdon Mc
Lean born Augt
The dates of the baptisms and births of his three sisters and three brothers are also recorded individually on the same page.
(Sarah Maclean Drake who drowned at Venice was not related. Her B.Cert. M.Cert. and other life details show no link.)
The "John Ross" statue in Durban.
to return to the "John Ross" display page.
The Natal Papers of "John Ross".
"Loss of the Brig Mary at Natal with Early Recollections of That Settlement
and Among the Caffres by Charles Rawden Maclean" (Paperback, 1996.)
Edited by Stephen Gray.