Betty Havercroft of Perth Western Australia is seeking information on her Great Grandfather James Cleland Hamilton. James was the third child of Gabriel Hamilton and Alison Cleland who were married at Bonhill Dumbartonshire 24.11.1820. Other children were Christina b.17.09.1821; Gabriel b19.06.1824 (James Cleland 29.01.1826) and William McKinley , Janet, George, Alison, Isabella and John birth dates unknown. Isabella and John are believed to have come to Australia. Isabella marrying a Rodgers.
Betty certainly has elaborated on the Cleland /Hamilton connection.
An enquiry came in from a Cleland Charles Hutton of
14 Caroline St
Queensland 4703,
searching for information on a Roseanne Cleland who married a Hutton in Northern Ireland in the middle of last century.


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( Clelands of Queensland )

Any clues please let him know.
For all the Aussies a Miss Mary Mercy of Flat 15, 14 Parklands, Surbiton, Surrey KT5 8EA UK has put together an alphabetical listing of all Convicts transported between 1789 and 1871. The names of all the convicts and the ships they were transported on are available by writing to the above address or if you can’t wait you can ring on London (081) 390 3827.
Beverley Clelland, one of those members who didn’t receive her name badge, is looking for a Hugh McClelland who married a Margaret Brown on May 12th  1794 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Beverley, of South Australia, has come across that perennial problem of names and the big Mac. Beverley believes her forebears dropped the Mac and she is now looking for a Hugh McClelland (obviously not the one I’m looking for) who married Elizabeth Scott 10. Jan 1773 and James McClelland (Hugh’s son) was in fact married to Margaret Brown 12. May 1794. Beverley maintains that she will have to make a trip to Scotland to seek out Hugh’s records.


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A Mrs Brenda Anderson (nee Cleland) of 73 Elwell Street, Morningside, Queensland 4170 writes about her great grandfather Robert Cleland of Govan (now a suburb of Glasgow) and previously of Killileigh Northern Ireland. Obviously those interested in the Killileigh connection should write as soon as possible. Robert wrote this poem and Brenda has it with her. ( see The Workingman’s Song)
For those who are interested and for those in Australia, in particular, the following was provided by the Scottish Australian Heritage Council.
“From our resident authority on genealogy comes the information that Scottish Family Historians have never had it so good, since, available now in Sydney are: Scottish Civil Registers: Indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths, from 1855. Indexes to old Parish Registers: All Scots Parishes pre 1855. The complete Census Schedules for 1852, all Scots parishes. 

Purchase facilities for Certificates and Extracts at greatly reduced prices. Enquires may be made to Greg McDougall, 18 Oxford Street, Merrylands 2160. Ph (02) 96825463(H) (02) 96336633(B) where you will learn which libraries have which information.”
I received a letter from a Mrs Gladys V Matthews of 19 Frederick St, Alderly, Brisbane, 4051, Australia telling me about her grand mother Mrs Margaret Cleland. Margaret was born in 1866 in Partick, Lanarkshire. Her fathers name was William who was an engineer by profession. Margaret’s mother died in childbirth and Margaret was sent to an aunt in America later returning to cousins living in Dundee.
She migrated to Australia marrying Thomas Brown McHardy who was born in Monifieth, Forfar. They had eleven children, one boy being the father of Gladys.
This information may fill in a couple of gaps for some and open a few for others. Unfortunately Gladys does not recall the names of the American connection however they were obviously related to a William Cleland whose wife died in 1866.


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( Clelands of Victoria )