McLaren Left it All to the McLeod Sisters–His Maids!

McLaren Left it All to the McLeod Sisters–His Maids!



Daniel McLaren was William Muirhead’s uncle, the brother of his mother Agnes. He also was  a bachelor and very well to do. Mary McLeod and her sister Isabella were Daniel’s housekeepers and apparently upon his death when his will was read; he had left his estate to the McLeod sisters.

Christina/Christena Muirhead took the sisters to court and was successful in recovering all the real estate and chattels. All the McLeod sisters were left with after the court case were a bunch of blankets. Lawyers argued that it was a scene that had played over and over countless times  throughout the years. An old man verging on senility had the “wool blankets” pulled over his eyes by a couple of conniving and unscrupulous attendants.

These two sisters did not stop there. They also spread rumours that Christina/Christena Muirhead had poisoned her husband and then had her accused of murder. The trial was in Perth and upon opening statement the judge said to the lawyer,

“These two sisters say they heard you said that William Muirhead died from poisoning!”

The doctor quickly answered,

“I did say that- it was poisoning from the infection following a leg amputation, but not poison given to him by anyone!”

The case was immediately dismissed.

Next story: Life in Beckwith




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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal28 Apr 1887, ThuPage 3




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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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