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The MacMillan Emigration 1802

The MacMillan Emigration 1802

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The MacMillan Emigration 1802

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In Williamstown
at the northern end of Church Street off Road 17
one block east of Road 19

Coordinates: N 45 08.798 W 74 34.660


Plaque Text

In September, 1802, over 400 Highland emigrants, including more than 100 MacMillans, arrived at Montreal under the leadership of Archibald McMillan (Murlaggan) on board the vessels "Friends", "Helen" and "Jane". He planned to form a settlement in Argenteuil County, Lower Canada, but while negotiations were proceeding, many of his followers moved to Glengarry, Upper Canada, where relatives and friends were already established. In 1804 Murlaggan's cousin, Alan McMillan (Glenpean), secured land in the wilderness township of Finch, Stormont County, where with some forty MacMillans, Camerons and others he laid the foundation of its settlement. Murlaggan acquired land in Argenteuil in 1807-08 where he settled shortly thereafter. Glenpean died in 1823 and is buried here.

Related Ontario plaque
Glengarry Emigration of 1786

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Bethune-Thompson House
Duncan Cameron
The North West Company
St. Andrew's Church 1812
Sir John Johnson House Sir John Johnson's Mills
Williamstown Fair

South Glengarry Plaques

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> Posted January 27, 2013
Hello, I am trying to find information on D.A. McMillan (either Daniel or Donald McMillan) who studied to be a tailor in Montreal and married a woman from Finch, Ont. He was listed as being 27 years old, living in Finch, Ont. in the 1891 census. In the census he is listed as being named Daniel. He has a wife Isabella and three children: Florence, George and John. In the 1901 census, he is no longer listed as living with the family which now includes Isabella and children Florence, George, John, Alexander, Jennie and Beatrice. The February 5, 1909 Cornwall Standard lists an obituary for Jennie McMillan and lists him as Donald McMillan. D.A. McMillan left his family about 1897 or 98, and we, his descendants, have wondered for many years what happened to him! If you have any ideas, please email nancywoodka@gmail.com.
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