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A PATRIOTIC AVOCH FAMILY

The above are the photographs of four sons of the late Mr. Alexander McLeman, of Pitfour, and grandsons of the late Mr. John McLennan, farmer, of Rhives. They are – Piper Kenneth McLeman, D.C.M., H.L.I.; Piper William John McLeman, Canadians; Cpl. David Beugne McLeman, Scots Guards, killed on September 14th, 1914; Pte Alexander McLeman, Canadians, killed in 1917. Their mother and brother, James McLeman, now reside at Burnfarm, Avoch.

(RCHS – Please note the  text on this page is as it appeared in the Ross-shire Journal during the 1914-1918 War)

Photo: #5842

Macleman Alexander, Pte, Avoch

Private Alexander McLeman

Date of Paper: 01.06.1917
Surname: Macleman
First Name(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Canadians
Home Address: Burnfarm, Avoch

Further mention is made of Alexander in a 1915 Ross-shire Journal about his brother Kenneth at bottom of this page

Photo: #5827

Macleman David B, Corp, Avoch

Corporal David B Macleman

Date of Paper: 01.06.1917
Surname: Macleman
First Name(s): David B.
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Scots Guards
Home Address: Burnfarm, Avoch

Photo: #5839

Macleman Kenneth, Piper, Avoch

Piper Kenneth Macleman

Date of Paper: 01.06.1917
Surname: Macleman
First Name(s): Kenneth
Rank: Piper
Regiment: H.L.I.
Home Address: Burnfarm, Avoch

Photo: #5840

Macleman William J, Piper, Avoch

Piper William John Macleman

Date of Paper: 01.06.1917
Surname: Macleman
First Name(s): William John
Rank: Piper
Regiment: Canadians
Home Address: Burnfarm, Avoch

Further Information on Corporal David B Macleman

Further information on Corporal David B Macleman, including photograph, is taken from the Ross-shire Journal of 16 August 2019, courtesy of the Editor.


Constable (later Corporal) David Bain Macleman, age 26, in 1914 as a member of Northumberland County Constabulary.

While researching the war memorial in Avoch Church, Patrick Anderson noticed that Corporal David Bain Macleman, Scots Guards, was listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list but not on the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Mr Anderson discovered that David was born on 6 June 1887, in Avoch, his parents being Alexander and Catherine Macleman. He joined the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and was in Egypt in 1911. He later worked as a River Tweed water bailiff before joining the Northumberland County Constabulary in 1914, aged 26. Around that time he married Elizabeth Miller from Galashiels, using the spelling “Maclennan” in his marriage certificate.

Recalled to his battalion in August 1914, he served as a Corporal until he was killed on 14 September 1914. He has no known grave and his service record did not survive either due to World War II enemy bombing of London or to weeding of files over the years, although his name is included on a Northumberland Constabulary memorial which has the dedication: “In memory of the following comrades who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War, 1914-1918.”

Mr Anderson received a communication from Lt-Colonel Roger Binks, keeper of the Rolls at the Scottish National War Memorial, to the effect that “… the casualty Guardsman 6657 David Bain Maclennan, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, will be added to the roll of honour at the castle with his birthplace shown as Avoch, and will use his birth spelling of Macleman on the roll of honour.”

Mr Anderson commented: “I am so pleased that the Scottish National War Memorial has accepted him as a casualty of the Great War of 1914-1918 and he is in from the cold and now recorded with his colleagues who fell in the war to end all wars.”

Further mention is made of David “Ben” in a 1915 Ross-shire Journal about his brother Kenneth at bottom of this page

further information on Piper Kenneth Macleman

The Ross-shire Journal published the following details in 1915

Date of Paper: 12.11.1915
Surname: Maclennan
First Name(s): Kenneth
Rank: Piper
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Home Address: View Vale Cottage, Burnfarm, Avoch

DCM FOR BLACK ISLE PIPER

The above is a portrait of 1914 Piper Kenneth Maclennan, 1/7th Highland Light Infantry, son of Mrs Maclennan, late of Pitfour, now at View Vale Cottage, Burnfarm, Avoch, and grandson of the late Mr Maclennan, farmer Rhives, who has been recommended for the DCM for conspicuous bravery during an advance on a Turkish position at the Dardanelles.

Previous to the war Piper Maclennan, who is a married man, his wife being Lizzy, second daughter of Mr Grant, late manager of Avoch Tweed Mills, was employed as manager with Macorley, wine and spirit merchant, Jamaica Street, Glasgow. His many friends, both in Avoch and Glasgow, will be pleased to hear of the honour conferred on him.

In connection with this, it may be mentioned that his younger brother, “Ben”, was killed at the battle of the Aisne. He was with the Scots Guards. Another brother, Alexander, has joined the Winnipeg Grenadier Guards in Canada.