Flora MacLean in the 1890s
Photograph of Flora MacLean of Manitoba in the 1890s.
Courtesy of Mrs Betty MacKinnon
In this photograph taken in the 1890s Flora MacLean is pictured in the Brandon area of Manitoba with her feet on a bearskin rug. A remarkable woman, Flora pioneered three times during her long life; she lived to be ninety-eight.
Her parents, Donald and Ann MacLean, emigrated from Middleton with their nine children in 1847, though Flora’s mother and a brother did not survive the voyage. When Bruce County opened up in 1852, the family pioneered in Kincardine. It was here that Flora met and married the bard John MacLean, newly arrived from Balephuil.
The couple went west along with two other MacLean families and were the first permanent settlers in the Brandon area of Manitoba. After the death of her husband, Flora at the age of eighty moved with her daughter and son-in-law to The Pas then Flin Flon, frontier towns about 500 miles north of Winnipeg.
Sepia photograph of Flora MacLean, the wife of John MacLean, the Balephuil bard, taken in the 1890s.
Flora emigrated in 1847 to Canada. She pioneered in Brock and Kincardine Twps, and was among the first settlers in Manitoba. She met John MacLean, the Balephuil bard, in Tiverton and they married in 1879. Flora was a widow at the time with a daughter Kate. She died in 1836, the oldest person in North Manitoba.