The Clan Gillean
Rev. A. Sinclair MacLean
Published in 1899 by Haszard and Moore in Charlottetown

This CD contains the complete book "The Clan Gillean" by Rev. A. Sinclair MacLean. This is one of the best and most accurate books about the Clan MacLean.

This book contains many additional notes from two authors copies of the book. These notes were hand written in the authors copies and transcribed by David Robertson. On behalf of myself, Clan MacLean Atlantic, and everyone who reads the "updated" book, I would like to thank Mr. Robertson for his efforts. When you see the amount of new material, and realize that it was mostly hand written in the margins of the original editions, you will appreciate how much work Mr. Robertson did.

Also, I would like to thank the family of Rev. MacLean Sinclair for allowing Mr. Robertson access to these priceless volumes, and for granting Clan MacLean Atlantic permission to publish this CD with both the original book and the additional notes.

And thank you to Brian McLean for submitting several corrections that related to his family.

Finally, I would like to thank (formerly the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions) for the microfiche of the original book. The mission of is to preserve early writings by Canadian authors on microfiche.

Now, about the CD. The CD is accessed using just about any web browser, although a newer web browser will be better than an older one.

Some of pages may be clearer than others, but all are readable and you should have no difficulty reading any of them. Each page may have up to four notes sections at the bottom of the page as follows:

  • The original notes from the back of the book as published in 1899. Although these are still in their original location in the back of the book on the CD, I thought they would be more useful if they were duplicated on the appropriate pages as well.
  • The notes transcribed by David Robertson from the first author's copy.
  • The notes transcribed by David Robertson from the second author's copy.
  • The corrections submitted by Brian McLean.

Each type of note is in it's own section at the botton of each page, where applicable. Many pages do not have any notes, but many have two or three notes sections.

The notes transcribed by Mr. Robertson will require some explaination. Rather than doing this here, at the end of each note is a link that will open the explaination in a new popup window. This will allow easy reference from any page in the book that has these notes.

The original .pdf file that Mr. Robertson sent me is on the CD and may be accessed from the link on the contents page. If you are already familiar with "The Clan Gillean" and have a paper copy, you may wish to go directly to this file. If you are not familiar with "The Clan Gillean", or if you do not own a paper copy, then the .pdf file will not be of much use to you. Refer to the notes at the bottom of the pages on the CD instead.

To view the book, I would recommend the following:

  • Internet Explorer 6 or Mozilla 1.x, Firefox 1.x, or a newer version of one of these. It should work with Netscape 7, but I have not tried it. Older browsers should work as well, but have not been tested at all.
  • A screen resolution of 800x600 or greater. The CD will be viewable at lower resolutions, but may be more difficult to read.
  • Javascript is required to use the jump to any page links.
  • A fairly fast computer helps. The CD should work fine on slower computers, but it will take a bit longer to display each page.

Each page in the book was scanned as a graphic image. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software was NOT employed to convert the images to text. This means that the book is stored on this CD in the form of one picture for each page rather than as searchable text. You will not be able to search the book or edit it.

Each page contains a link to the previous and next pages, and one to take you back to the contents. A link to the notes explaination is present on pages that have notes.

Another link at the bottom of each page (and near the top of the index page) will open a dialog box that allows you to jump to any page in the book. Enter a number between 1 and 533 in the box when prompted. Javascript is required for this.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me.

Click here to return to the contents

The book was scanned and this CD was created by
Doug McLean of McLean Micro