CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3184
TitleJohn McBean, farmer and journalist: letters from Manitoba, Canada to family back in Scotland
Date1902 - 1906
Extent13 files: 0.09 linear metres
Creator NameMacBean; John (1913-); agriculturalist
Administrative HistoryJohn McBean, the eldest of a family of six, emigrated from Scotland in 1902, and worked as a farm labourer in Manitoba, Canada, until 1903 when he became a journalist. He worked on 'The Farmers' Advocate and Home Magazine' and later for the 'Nor'West Farmer', until his death in 1906.

Andrew McBean was a farmer at Keppernach Farm, Ardclach, Nairn and Margaret McBean was matron at Hawkhead Hospital, Paisley.
SourceThe papers were given to the library by John MacBean, Inverness, in 1984. Born in 1913 at Ardclach, Nairn, the son of a farmer, John MacBean graduated BSc (Agriculture) from Aberdeen University in 1937. He served in the Royal Navy Wireless Branch from 1941 to 1945. He became Principal in succession of Kersewell Agricultural College, Carnwath, from 1953 to 1960; Balmacara Agricultural School, Kyle, Rossshire, from 1961 to 1965; and Lawmuir Agricultural College, East Kilbride, from 1965. He retired in 1974.
DescriptionLetters to Andrew and Margaret McBean from John McBean, Manitoba, including photographs, cartoons and other related correspondence, 1902 - 1906. McBean writes fluently, with details of his time as a farm labourer, his travels in Manitoba and the North West Territories, and his general observations on life in Canada.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
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