McLeese Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Head of McLeese Creek, E side of Fraser River between Williams Lake and Quesnel, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°24'32''N, 122°17'48''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93B/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 28 April 1936, as labelled on BC map 3G, 1919 & 1935, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Labelled "Mud Lake" on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, and on 1913 pre-emptor's map 41A, Lac La Hache; labelled "McLeese (Mud) Lake" on BC map 3G, Quesnel, 1914, and on BC map 1G, Cariboo, 1916.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Robert McLeese, in partnership with J.T. Lenay and Thomas Stoddart, pre-empted 480 acres on 20 July 1863, but McLeese was the only one of the three to obtain a Crown Grant for his portion of the property. He later operated a hotel at Soda Creek. Upon his death [date not cited], the land passed to his only daughter, Jean Sinclair Foster, wife of captain T.A. Foster, of the Fraser River Boat Serivce."

Source: Laing, Frederick W; Geographical Naming Record, September 1938; unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives

Elected as a Member of the (provincial) Legislative Assembly, 1882-1890.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office