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John McLean 1799-1890

John McLean 1799-1890

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

John McLean 1799-1890

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The City of Guelph
At 21 Nottingham Street
on the north side, just west of Gordon Street

Coordinates: N 43 32.469 W 80 14.894


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Plaque Text

In this house from 1847 to 1857 lived the noted explorer and author John McLean, who was born in Scotland and joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821. In 1838 he became the first white man to cross the Labrador peninsula from Ungava Bay to Hamilton Inlet and in 1839, discovered the Grand Falls of the Hamilton River, one of the world's greatest cataracts. His book, 'Notes of a Twenty-five Years' Service in the Hudson's Bay Territory", is an important source of information on the Canadian Fur Trade.


Fur Trade

Guelph Plaques

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