McLean Gang

McLean Gang, BC outlaws (fl 1879). Consisting of Allan, Charlie and Archie McLean and Alex Hare (all 4 of mixed blood), the gang lived by banditry and violence.

McLean Gang

McLean Gang, BC outlaws (fl 1879). Consisting of Allan, Charlie and Archie McLean and Alex Hare (all 4 of mixed blood), the gang lived by banditry and violence. On 8 December 1879 they killed John Tannatt Ussher, a Kamloops policeman who was arresting them for horse theft, and James Kelly, a shepherd. A posse trapped them in a cabin near Douglas Lake and after a short siege the gang surrendered. At the time Allan was 24, Charlie and Alex 17, and Archie 15. Tried in New Westminster, they were executed in a group hanging on 31 January 1881.