Dr. Angus A. McLean was born in Clachan, Elgin County on the 3rd of June, 1879. He was the youngest of 9 children born to Dugald James McLean and the former Nancy Annie Munroe. Sadly, his mother died 41 days after Dr. McLean was born. Dr. McLean does not appear on the 1881 census with his father and siblings. He does however appear on an 1881 census with a person named John McLean in the neighbouring township of Dunwich (Elgin County). In 1891, Dr. McLean was 11 years old and his name appears on the 1891 census with his father and siblings. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Donald “Daniel” Douglas McLean, Duncan McLean, Mary Jane McLean, Catharine McLean (who died at the age of 15), James D. McLean, Neil McLean (who died in 1877 at the age of 7), Archibald McLean and Colin McLean. Dr. McLean was educated at the local school in Clachan.
Dr. McLean attended Ridgetown High School before attending the Chatham Model School. Dr. McLean taught school in Tilbury for 3 years, earning enough money to attend The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated in 1907.
Dr. McLean took over the medical practice of Dr. Peter Davey in Duart. (Dr. Davey died on the 2nd of February, 1909.)
Dr. McLean married Nellie Jane Gibb on the 1st of September, 1909 in Elgin County. Mrs. McLean was born in Mosa Twp (Middlesex County) on the 30th of September, 1882. She was the eldest of 5 children born to John Steven Gibb and the former Isabella Agnes Downie. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Harley Albert Gibb (who died at the age of 25), Bessie Downie Gibb (who died of peritonitis at the age of 10), Elva Bell Gibb and Hazel May Gibb. Incidentally all of the Gibb children were delivered by Dr. James Delmage Wilson who resided in Bothwell.
Dr. and Mrs. McLean had 3 daughters all born in Duart. Isabel Nancy McLean was born in 1911, May Evelyn McLean was born in 1913 (died on the 2nd of February 1915 of pneumonia and she was buried at the McLean Cemetery in Clachan, Elgin County) and Maxine McLean.
Dr. McLean appears in the 1913 Bell Telephone Directory in Duart. His telephone number was 100r14.
In 1917, Dr. McLean sold his medical practice to Dr. John Roy McPherson and the McLean family moved to London, Ontario. Dr. McLean took post-graduate studies at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He returned to London for a time, before re-locating to Mount Forest, Ontario. He became a coroner for the District of Mount Forest.
Dr. McLean died in Mount Forest on the 9th of November, 1938. His wife Nellie died in 1965. Dr. and Mrs. McLean were buried at the McLean Cemetery in Clachan. Mrs. McLean’s parents and at least 2 of her siblings are also buried at the McLean Cemetery. Dr. McLean’s parents and some of his siblings are also buried at the McLean Cemetery.
*Dr. Peter Davey, Dr. James Delmage Wilson and Dr. John Roy McPherson all appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.