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Personal.

SIR HARRY MACLEAN

In one of London’s tranquil and historicaf suburbs dwells a venerable old Scottish gentleman who, s&nce liis youth, has been in the service of Crown and country as a member of the Army Medical Corps. As a. young man he was attached to the 11th Hussars under the famous Earl of Cardigan, and he has ever since hold staff appointments. In April last he completed his ninety-fifth year, and although he leans heavily on his stick when walking-, he is in full possession of his faculties, his mind is alert and keen, and at the present .moment both mind and heart are concentrated on the man whose courageous attempt to assist in solving a very difficult problem has brought him into special prominence in the eyes of the world. This fine old gentleman, who morning and evening, eagerly scans the newspapers for the good news that he is hoping and praying for, is now the head of a family which, as in generations past, still serves King and country. His rank is Deputy-Inspector General in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his name is Maclean ; his son’s name is Kaid Sir Harry Maclean. Noblesse oblige, >and the name has been honourably borne from the days of Cub loden, when a General Maclean and his three sons fought side by side with the Camerons, the father alone living to tell the tale. The grand old Scot speaks proudly and with beaming countenance ■of his son, Raisuli’s prisoner, and tells how King Edward showed him gracious courtesy when oe invited him to dine at Buckingaam Palace, and after dinner presented him with one of his own. walk-ing-sticks, and asked him to come in Highland garb when next he visited his Majesty, and also to bring his bagpipes with him and give the King a skirl. Sir Harry’s father also refers _to the warm welcome the Kaid received at the hands of the German Emperor, on the occasion of his memorable visit to Tangier. His Majesty complimented him on the way he had organised and commanded the Moroccan army, and presented him with a gold snuff box. Hr Harry has three 'daughters, now in Tangier, and a son, Lieut. Andrew de Vere Maclean, of the 2nd East Surrey Regiment, now in India. A brother of the Kaid, Colonel Fitzroy Maclean, also in the Army Medical Service, is at present in Pretoria ; another brother, Air Alan Alaclean, was, until quite recently, British Consul at Casablanca. He is now in Spain, and his place has been taken by Air Archibald Madden, a cousin. “With the Kaid’s father lives a daughter, Miss Maclean, who is also devoted to the ‘lron Alan,’ an appellation conferred on Sir Harry by the Moors in recognition of his fearlessness. She refers with pride to her brother’s conduct in regard to Raisuli. The Kaid, she says, went out as an envoy from the Sultan, with but a small escort;, When Sir Harry

and Raisuli met, the former could have made the latter a prisoner—nay, his escort suggested that he should do so, but he would not listen to any treacherous proposal. He had gone forth as an envoy, and not as a kidnapper. Nor could he anticipate the treatment Raisuli had in store for him."

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Personal., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 24, 5 October 1907

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Personal. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 24, 5 October 1907

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