Bates and McLean Family History
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The Martin Family about 1915
George Bodle started us on our journey several years ago with his 1882
Certificate of Discharge for Seamen from the brigantine the 'Laura'.
This fragile piece of paper had been kept safe in the Bates family for
120 years when in 1999 it passed to my wife from her mother Mary Bates, the baby
in the picture. I am the website author, Ray McLean, hence the name of our
George Bodle came from Ringmer in Sussex where his ancestors had worked the land for decades. We have traced them back to circa 1680s. But why did he go to sea and leave the land? The industrial Revolution? His sailing career took him to Sunderland where he met and married Isabella McNeil. We have even been able to find them together at an early meeting.
The earliest related Bates we can find came from Oxford about 1820s. The McLean's, however, settled in Glasgow about 1887. Previously, they had lived for several generations in Greenock having left the parish of Inverchaolain in Argyle, Scotland about the late 1830s where they can be traced back to 1710.
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