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Postby Bobbie » Mon May 31, 2010 2:45 pm

From the Privy Council Register of Scotland third series vol XI I I discovered that William McClean was deported as a result of being caught at a conventicle (open air religious service) at Carlouk and Cambusnethem near Lanark, Scotland in 1685. These services were held by Covenanters who refused to return to the “old religion” (Catholicism) when James II (James VII of Scotland) tried to outlaw the Presbyterian religion of the Reformation. He and others were sentenced to be “banished abroad to His Majesties plantations with certification that if any of them shall return into this kingdom they shall incur the penalty of death” on 24.7.1685 for having refused to take the oath of allegiance.

The Ship Passenger Lists of New Jersey 1600-1825 (by Carl Boyer 3rd) show him as being sent to New Jersey and many of the names on that list agree with those apprehended at Carlouk and Cambusnethem (Carlouk is now Carluke). If anyone can find when he left New Jersey and went to Barbados I would be very pleased to hear.

A John McClean was also taken at the same time and he is on the Barbados census as being in Christ Church in 1715 and I have not discovered yet if he is a relation of William’s who is shown on the 1715 census as living in St Michael’s. Both these are shown as McLean on the passenger list.

The names of the other deportees taken at Carluke are : Alexander Richie, William Smith, Andrew Scot (shown as Andro Scott in the Register), James Forrest, Thomas Stodhart, James Wilkie, John Elliot. George Young, Robert Cameron, John Gibb (shown as Gib in the Register), James Stuart (shown as Stewart in the Register), John Swan (shown as Suan in the Register), William Hastie, James Olipher, Robert Campbell (shown as Campble in the Register), John Jackson, Thomas Weir, Matthew Bryce (shown as Brice in the Register) Gilbert McIlroy, William McIlroy, John Cunningham (shown as Cunynghame in the Register), John McCully (shown as McCullie in the Register) and Quentin Dun (shown as Quintein Dun in the Register).

Although there are spelling differences between the Register & shipping list I am sure they must be the same folk as the year is the same; the original comes from Robert Wodrow’s “History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland from the Restauration (sic) to the Revolution” published in 1830.

There is of course no guarantee that any of the above also moved to Barbados when the McCleans did; their descendants may still be in New Jersey.
I cannot find a ship in D Dobson’s book on Ships from Scotland to America that matches exactly so do not know how they were transported. I would like to find the ship as that might give me their age when transported. From that I could find out if John & William were related.

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