Robert M’Lachlan, #67 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list

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Published on: 21 Jan 2015
Updated: 15 Sep 2016

Descendants and Researchers

Surname variations: MacLachlan, Mackclaflin, Mackclothian, Claflin

There is a published work on Robert’s descendant’s called Genealogy of the Claflin Family: Being a Record of Robert Mackclothlan, of Wenham, Mass. and of His Descendants 1661-1898 by Charles Henry Wight, published in 1903.  The genealogical range is from 1661 to 1898.  There are some references to attempts to determine if Robert was really a Scottish POW or not in the book but the author was not able to say for certain.

I have an oral tradition that Robert was an SPOW but the facts that are out there cast doubt on that tradition.  I have read some of Diane’s articles and there is hope he might be.  In 1661 he was first admitted as a townsman in Wenham.  That would put him in his 20’s.  To be an SPOW arriving in America 10 years early would mean he was in his early to mid/late teens.  Most accounts that I have found said that “young lads” were not sent on the march to Dunbar but were released.  That point/stumbling block is one of my many brick walls.  Was Robert even old enough to be at the battle and if so, what was his role?  Was he closer to 20 or 10?  Did he look older than he really was? ~ Colette Rick

4 Responses to Robert M’Lachlan, #67 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list

  1. Jennifer Claflin says:

    I am a descendent of Robert’s through his son Daniel. Very interested in any information you have about him.

  2. I also descend from Robert’s son Daniel. In 40 years research I have never discovered hard proof that he was a POW from Dunbar, but I still think there is a reasonable probability it is true. Robert’s home still stands in Wenham, MA housing part of the Wenham Museum. I had the pleasure of touring it some years back.

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