"Donald McLellan, deceased, late of the Township of Bruce, was born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, in 1807. His father, Duncan McLellan, was a sea captain and ship owner, who abandoned his original calling and came to Canada with his family in 1816. He took up 400 acres of land in Lochiel Township, U. C., which his son Donald heired at his death, some years later. The son married in 1825 Mary Cameron, of Lochiel, and of a family of nine children two sons and four daughters still survive.
Mr. McLellan moved into the Township of Bruce in the days of its earliest settlement. Although he received but a common school education, his disposition and talents thoroughly fitted him for a useful participation in public affairs, and he took a very active part in all matters affecting the people of his township from its first organization, having represented it in the County Council for eighteen years; and so long and favorably was he known in this connection, that he everywhere went by the sobriquet of the '' Old Reeve."
He also held numerous other official positions, both elective and appointive, among which was that of Justice of the Peace for a great many years. ln Mr. McLellan's death the community sustained a loss which for years to come will be remembered with deepest sorrow."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce