Archibald McLellan (deceased)

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About Archibald McLellan

From the "History Of Inverness County":


This son, being the oldest, was his father's (Angus MacLellan) first help in the wilderness, and he did help from a very early age. Even in his youth he was both intelligent and obedient. He was born in Morar in 1805 and died at Dunvegan in 1900. In his mere boyhood he took to fishing as well as farming, and was specially successful in the latter pursuit. It used to be said that he had peculiar luck as a fisherman; but in our experience the man is usually the Captain of his own luck. Wolfes Island, now Margaree Island, was always a capital fishing station. It is said that Archibald MacLellan was the first white man who slept there. He not only fished himself, but also bought the fish from other fishermen, and had it conveyed to market in French schooners. He also built a wharf on the Island. When the fishing season ended he returned to the farm where he stayed and worked till the sea called him again the following spring. In this way Archibald became very comfortable.

In 1828, he married Mary MacFarlane, daughter of Archibald MacFarlane of S. W. Margaree, with issue:—Angus, James, John, Donald, Joseph, Nancy, Jessie, Margaret, Marjory, Flora, Catherine Mary and Isabel. The daughters were all married in the neighborhood of the old home. We are not aware that any one of this fine family ever left the County of Inverness.

This Archibald MacLellan was a gifted man with some education. In his old age he took to writing in verse. He composed some Gaelic songs and hymns which, according to some competent judges, invoke the graces of the Muses. Had he been trained in that poetic pursuit he might have ranked among the celebrities of song. But, better than all this: Gillesburg Mac an Tailoir was a good man, and we sincerely hope he now shares the eternal glory of the real Immortals."