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Patrick McLaren (1867 - 1917)

Patrick (Peter) McLaren
Born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 29 Dec 1897 in Roman Catholic Church, Cromwell, Otago, New Zealandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 49 in Tynemouth, Northumberland, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Jul 2018
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Patrick McLaren was born at 44 Vennel Street 1 Greenock on 5-8-1867 and arrived in New Zealand on the Invercargill with his parents. From the time of his arrival in New Zealand it appears that he began to be called Peter and it was under this name on 29th December 1897 at the Roman Catholic Church, Cromwell that he married Margaret Bedelia McNulty. In due course they produced three daughters, Ellen, Mary and Maria and it was during this period of his life that Patrick McLaren purchased his parents burial plot, records of which are still available in Dunedin.

However, things did not continue to go sweetly for early this century Patrick deserted his wife and came to live in Dunedin leaving her to educate and rear his family at a Convent in Ranfurly. When finally his wife did look for him he was found living in one of the seamier street s of Dunedin called "Blood Alley" with a woman of dubious morals named Circus Millie. Needless to say his wife had no more to do with him and from Dunedin Patrick set sail for England via Africa. In England he obtained a job as a Ship Yard Book-keeper, which job he was holding at the time of his death. He died at 42 M!argaret Road, Whitley, Tynemouth, Northumberland of cancer at the age 48 on the 10th May 1917.


  • Mclaren, David M. The McLarens of Dunedin. University of Waikato, 1984.

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