Jane McLaren Donald taken about 1899
Jean McLaren (later known as Jane) was born about 1843 in Inchture, Perthshire Scotland. No record of her birth has been located however census records throughout her life are fairly consistent with the birthplace, with some fluctuations in her
age and birth year.
Jean was the second of ten children born to Colin McLaren and Margaret Kinmont. In the 1851 census, Jean was 8 years old, living with her parents, three brothers and younger sister. In the 1861 census, at age 17, she was now known
as Jane and was working as a dairy maid on a farm in Dunning County, Perthshire. Over the years, Jane's occupation was noted as domestic servant, woolen winder and farmer's wife.
In 1868, Jane married James Donald (see week 6) in Trinity
Gask Parish Church; she was listed as 26 years of age and he was 19. They had nine children together; my great grandfather, Arthur, was their third child.
In 1871, the family remained in Perthshire; by 1881 they had relocated to Lanarkshire where
they stayed for over 20 years before moving to Helensburgh. In the 1890's, Jane's widowed mother, Margaret, lived with them and during the early 1900's Jane and James were caring for their young grandson, John Taylor.
Jane died at home of apoplexy
in the fall of 1913 at the age of 70; she is buried at Helensburgh Cemetery.
The children and grandchildren of Jane and James Donald were later spread around the world - England, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Many of us descendants have connected
online to compare information and to keep their stories alive through our shared interest in genealogy.