In 1891 William Edward Maclellan and his wife, Margaret Jane purchased the property from the heirs of Rev. Thomas McCulloch, namely his surviving children, who were then living in Truro, Halifax, Ontario, and Newfoundland.
William E Maclellan, born at Durham in 1855, was the son of John Maclellan, J P and Helen Hogg Maclellan. William E Maclellan was educated at Pictou Academy and Dalhousie and received a law degree from the University of Halifax. His brother Robert Maclellan was a beloved principal of Pictou Academy for over 30 years. William’s wife, Margaret Jane MacKenzie born in 1854, was the daughter of William MacKenzie and Eleanor Cameron MacKenzie of Loch Broom, Pictou County. Credit for the painting of the cottage shown above and the beautiful florals surrounding the two parlour fireboxes is given to Margaret Jane Maclellan. A notable journalist, William also displayed a poetic side when he wrote "The Hector Voyage" celebrating the Hector landing in Pictou.
William, Margaret Jane and their two sons, Edward Kirkpatrick and Robert William, lived in the McCulloch house for almost 10 years. The Maclellan family removed to Halifax in 1900 where William became the editor of the Halifax Chronical (then known as the Morning Chronicle). In 1905 he accepted the appointment of Post Office Inspector for Nova Scotia.