John Cleland is a British Touring Car Champion racing driver and has been very successful over the last few years at this sport.

Alex Cleland is a striker in the Rangers Football (Soccer) team. He has been reasonably successful but has been overshadowed by “Gazza” an English import who creates just as much fuss off the field as he does on.

If anyone is in touch with either of these gentlemen I would be delighted to hear from them and if anybody knows of any other Clelands in the news or are newsworthy, please let me know.

Thomas L Cleland (Chief of Police – Retired)
Suddenly on the 9th of April 1994 at the age of 79 years in South Glens Falls, New York State, USA. Dearly loved by Mary, Thomas served the community as a policeman for 27 years.
The South Glens Falls Police Benevolent Assn. has renamed their scholarship for those interested in law enforcement the “Thomas L Cleland Scholarship”.
His name lives on.

Patricia Cleland-Blinn and Thomas G Cleland.

A memorable Clelland of more recent times would surely be Miss Agnes (Nancy) Clelland of Burnfoot near Lesmahagow who died recently. After graduating MA from Glasgow University, Miss Clelland taught in the district for 37 years and retired as the Principal Mathematics Teacher at Lesmahagow High School. For services to education, she was made a Fellow of the Educational Institute for Scotland. She was well known as a worker for voluntary community groups and in 1980 was awarded the MBE.


Upon graduation from college, General Cleland enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Advanced Combat Infantry Program and the Marine Corps NCO Training Institute. When his Marine Corps Reserve battalion in Atlantic City, NJ stood down, he transferred to the New Jersey Air National Guard where he served as Security Police Flight Leader. Following a business transfer to Toledo, Ohio, he joined the United States Air Force Reserve and served at Selfridge Air Base (Mount Clemens, MI) as Security Police Flight Leader until he was honorably discharge.

General Cleland became a member of the New York Guard in 1988 as a Captain in the 56th Regiment, 1st Brigade. His initial assignment was as a Battalion Commander (1/56) followed by assignments as assistant S-3 and S-3 of the 1st Brigade. In 1994 he was appointed as Commander of the 56th Regiment and subsequently Deputy Commander of the 56th Brigade. He was assigned to the Joint Staff as Assistant Chief of Staff in 1996 and to the Army Division as Chief of Staff in October of 1998. General Cleland was appointed Assistant Commander of the New York Guard in November of 1999 and was promoted Brigadier General on 17 March 2000. General Cleland was appointed Commanding General of the New York Guard in June 2002 and promoted to Major General 20 June 2003.

He has attended national defense related symposiums at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Military Studies from American Military University. He is past President of the Militia Association of New York and a Board Member of the New York State Education Foundation and the New York Military Relief Association.

He retired from Steelcase Inc. in 1997 as a Vice President and has served in various capacities for the New York Thruway Authority (Canal Corporation) and most recently as the Director of the New York National Guard ChalleNGe Program. He is a member of the New York-New Jersey Trails Conference, the Appalachian Trails Conference and the American Audubon Society. He is an active member of the Knights Templar, Military Order of Saint Constantine and Saint Lazarus, the Saint Andrews Society of New York, and Niadh Nask. He is a member of Marine Corps League, The Reserve Officers Association, a Life Member of the National Guard Association of the United States, The Naval Reserve Association, the Militia Association of New York and the New York Guard Association. General Cleland has formerly served on the Board of Advisory Trustees of Iona College and Board of Directors of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. General Cleland currently resides with his wife Janice in Westchester County, New York.

Searching through a genealogist try

Mrs S J Corkerton
11 Brunstane Road, Joppa,
Edinburgh EH15 2EZ
Scotland UK
phone Int + (0) 131 669 5370
7 pounds sterling per hour with a minimum of 5 hrs in the first instance.

Author of
“Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry”
Polygon 22 George Square,
Edinburgh EH8 9LF
Scotland UK

An English genealogist, David Wright, has two very useful indexes that will be of use to those researching ‘Clelands’ in the London area.

They are the London Probate Index 1837 – 1858 which will cover the years 1750 – 1800 by the end of the year and the other is an East Kent Burial Index 1813 – 1837.

The first index deals with those wills which were proved in the courts having jurisdiction over London and Middlesex between 1750 and 1858. This list is in alphabetical order and the fee for 10 entries is AUD $10.00 and AUD $1.00 per entry thereafter.

I would assume that the equivalent of 5 Pounds for 10 and 50p each or US $8.00 for 10 would be acceptable.

His address is 71 Island Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EL, UK. His telephone in England is 022 727 5931.


A man was leaving home one day when it started to rain. He reached for his shabby raincoat – patented by Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh from Glasgow.
He rushes to his car fitted with pneumatic tyres invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland and is driven along roads surfaced by an invention of John MacAdam of Ayr, Scotland.
Having prepared some letters to be mailed he licks and sticks the stamps made possible by James Chalmers of Dundee, Scotland and then makes a couple of telephone calls courtesy of Alexander Graham Bell of Edinburgh.
The car breaks down and he decides to ride a bicycle home an invention of Kirkpatrick Macmillan a blacksmith of Dumfries, Scotland.
Having left without letting anyone know, he tunes into the television invented by John Logie Baird of Helensburgh, Scotland and sees a documentary on the US Navy founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean, Scotland.
Seeking solace he turns to a Bible and you guessed it the first person named is a Scot – King James VI of Scotland and I of England.
He can’t escape the Celts.
It’s time for a drink and of course there is only one choice.
Deciding to end it all he loads his .22 rifle and puts the round into the breech invented by Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland. As fate deals the cards the attempt fails and he is rushed off to hospital to be injected with penicillin developed by Alexander Fleming of Darvel, Scotland (Cleland country) and is then given an anaesthetic discovered by Sir James Young Simpson of Bathgate, Scotland.
Out of hospital and recovering he checks out his account in his savings bank and is pleased at what he sees. Savings banks were founded following the formation of the Bank of England by William Paterson of Dumfries, Scotland.
Delighted with everything going so well he Faxes his lawyer using technology first used in Scotland in the 19th century.
To finish off this little tale he received a blood transfusion of blood donated by some “JOCK”.