Maclean chief unveils plaque in Napier


McLean is a well known name in Napier and members of the Scottish clan have celebrated the family's role in Hawke's Bay.
Clan chief Sir Lachlan Maclean visited Napier recently to unveil a new plaque commemorating Sir Donald McLean at McLean Park.
It was Sir Lachlan's first visit to New Zealand but he hoped there would be other opportunities to recognise successful members of the clan.
"They have done significant things. This is the first plaque unveiled in New Zealand, but I'm sure it won't be the last. Those of us left in Scotland are very proud of what they have done."
The plaque was funded by the clan's historic trust, which Sir Lachlan chairs.
He said his role as chief was about supporting members of the clan, maintaining Duart Castle, the traditional home of the clan, and encouraging members to visit the castle.
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott said the McLean family had made a big contribution to Hawke's Bay's history and their name was still visible around the region.
"We think the stadium is the most significant legacy in terms of visible proof of the McLeans' role here," she said.
"It's known throughout New Zealand and is unique because its name has not changed since it was built."
The stadium was built on land donated by Douglas McLean in 1910 to commemorate his father.
After morning tea and the unveiling of the plaque, Sir Lachlan and others had lunch with Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule at Havelock North's Duart House.
The spelling of the name has varied across families and countries but the spelling on the park and the plaque is based on how Sir Donald spelled and signed his name throughout his life. Both Maclean and McLean are considered correct spellings.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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