GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of parish registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster Archives, West Yorkshire Archives, Manchester Central Library, non-conformist registers at the National Archives at Kew (RG4), online parish registers at CityArk or from original images at Family Search. I have also included some information from original images of Scottish old parish registers and English parish records which I have personally researched. Where reference is made to the London Gazette, the full version can be downloaded from http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/

Sue Mackay

RENNIE, Elizabeth, nee BROWN - Extra Data

 

(member of PRINGLE's Party)

 

Elizabeth RENNIE, nee BROWN, was related to Margaret PRINGLE, nee BROWN (wife of Thomas PRINGLE) and her sister Janet BROWN, in the same party.

 

Old Parish Register for Bolton, East Lothian

 

Feb'y 15th 1778. John BROWN and Janet HARDIE his spouse living in Eaglescairnie Mains had a daughter baptised named Elizabeth by Mr. John Brown, Minister of the Gospel at Haddington, the child being born on the 13th January

 

Old Parish Register for St.Andrew's, Edinburgh 

 

2 June 1797

Alex'r RENNIE, Baker, and Eliz BROWN, both in St.Andrews Church Parish, daughter of John BROWN farmer at West Mains, Whittingehame, East Lothian

 

Old Parish Register baptisms for Whittingehame, East Lothian

 

724/0000200127 

George, son of Alex'r RANNIE and Eliz' BROWN, his spouse was baptised on 1 April 1798 (born 24 March). Witnesses to the Baptism Mr. John BROWN, tenant West Mains & Mrs. BROWN in Papple.

724/0000200156 (three consecutive entries in register)

John, son to Alexander RANNIE and Elizabeth BROWN his spouse baptised by the Rev's Mr STEEL of Morham on 20 March 1799 (born 10 March)

Peter, son of Alexander RANNIE and Elizabeth BROWN his spouse baptised as above on 6 June 1800 (born 28 May)

Elizabeth Kirkwood, daughter to Alexander RANNIE and Elizabeth BROWN his spouse baptised as above on 18 June 1802 (born 12 June)

 

Baptism of Charles not found but his Death Notice (Cape Archives) suggests he was born ca September 1810

 

 

Old Parish Registers for Prestonkirk, East Lothian

 

Alexander son to George RENNIE and Alison BLACK in Waughton was born 16th December and baptised 21st December 1772. Witnesses Alex’r BLACK and John RENNIE

 

James RENNIE and Jean RENNIE had a son named George born April 2nd 1749 and baptised at home. Witnesses George RENNIE and John ANDERSON

[George RENNIE had a younger brother John, born 7June 1761 and baptised in Prestonkirk on the 17th June, who became a famous civil engineer. He designed Waterloo Bridge and was buried in St.Paul’s Cathedral in 1821]

 

George RENNIE in this parish and Alison BLACK in the parish of Stenton gave up their names for proclamation and were married 30th July 1763

Children of George and Alison baptised in Prestonkirk, East Lothian:-
Jean 18 April 1764
George 4 September 1765
Marion 3 May 1767
Peter 15 May 1769
Alexander 21 December 1772
John 6 November 1774
James 21 June 1776
Richard 28 July 1779

Old Parish Register for Whitekirk, East Lothian

Whitekirk, May 12th 1793
That Mr. George RENNIE in the parish of Prestonkirk and Miss Marion RENNIE in this gave up their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage before these witnesses, James ORMISTON and Robert MURRAY

Children of George and Marion baptised in Prestonkirk, East Lothian

James 18 June 1794
Margaretta 14 May 1796
John 16 December 1797
Jane 6 April 1799
William 4 July 1803
Margaret 7 February 1805
Janet 15 January 1807

Monumental Inscription for George RENNIE

GEORGE RENNIE ESQ.
OF PHANTASSIE
DIED ON 10TH OF OCTOBER 1828
AGED 79 YEARS
IN THIS COUNTRY SO CELEBRATED FOR ITS FERTILE
SOIL, AND THE PERFECTION OF ITS CULTIVATION,
MR RENNIE WAS ACKNOWLEDGED BY HIS
CONTEMPORARIES TO BE THE MOST SKILFUL AND
SUCCESSFUL AGRICULTURIST. NOR WAS THE REPUTATION
HE SO JUSTLY MERITED, CONFINED TO HIS NATIVE LAND.
HE CORRESPONDED WITH, AND WAS VISITED NOT ONLY BY
THE LEADING AGRICULTURISTS OF ENGLAND AND IRELAND,
BUT MANY NOBLEMEN AND GENTLEMEN FROM FRANCE,
RUSSIA, GERMANY, POLAND, HUNGARY
AND OTHER EUROPEAN STATES
SEEKING INFORMATION TO IMPROVE THEIR DOMAINS,
WERE HOSPITABLY RECEIVED BY HIM, AND INSTRUCTED IN
HIS THEORIES AND PRACTISE. HE PERFORMED ZEALOUSLY
AND IMPARTIALLY THE DUTIES OF A MAGISTRATE,
AND WAS EVER READY TO ADVISE OR ASSIST THOSE,
WHO SOUGHT RELIEF FROM DIFFICULTIES OR MISFORTUNE.
DEEPLY LAMENTED BY HIS WIFE,
FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND DEPENDENTS,
HIS MEMORY WILL LONG BE CHERISHED AND RESPECTED.
ON THE 13TH OF JANUARY 1853 DIED
MARION; WIFE OF THE ABOVE, AGED 78 YEARS,
CLOSING A LIFE PASSED IN THE FULFILMENT OF EVERY
CONJUGAL AND MATERNAL DUTY HER LOSS IS SINCERELY
REGRETTED BY HER FAMILY, AND BY ATTACHED AND
APPRECIATED FRIENDS, MANY UNOSTENTATIOUS
LIBERALITES AND CHARITIES EXEMPLIFIED THE TRULY
SELF DENYING BENEVOLENCE OF HER DISPOSITION.

 

 

 

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