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The 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 UK parish registers and other primary sources which I have personally researched. Further information about the settlers and their families once they reached the Cape can be found at

Sue Mackay

EMSLIE, Robert - Extra Data


(member of COCK's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Aberdeen in 1771


National Archives, Kew

Military Discharge Papers (WO97/873/47)

Sgt Robert EMSLIE in Capt Thos VILLETT's Company in the 76th Hindustani Regiment.

Born in the parish of Aberdeen, enlisted age 18.

Discharged “in consequence of three gunshot wounds received at Jamalabad 6th October 1799, at Burthpore 21st January & 21st February 1805, as also rheumatism and intermittent fever contracted in Walcheren” ~ considered unfit for service.

“He is about forty three years of age, is 5 feet 8¼ inches in height, black hair, gray eyes, dark complexion, and by trade a weaver.”


75th Foot from 15 October 1789 to 24 July 1805

76th Foot from 26 July 1805 to 31 May 1813


Essex Archives


Robert EMSLIE 76th Regt. Foot, Widower, and Sarah GREASLY of the same Regiment were married by Licence  on 28th March 1809 in St.Nicholas, Harwich, Essex

Robert EMSLIE (signed)


Witnesses: Stephen HORN and David BRITTON


Elizabeth Kenward EMSLIE born ca 1811 (Death Notice - Cape Archives)

Sarah Gordon EMSLIE born ca 1814 (Death Notice - Cape Archives says she was born in Nottingham)


Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York (Yorkshire Bishop's Transcripts)


William Kenward, son of Robert and Sarah EMSLIE, Gibson Foundry, pensioner, baptised August 11th 1816 in Sculcoates, Yorkshire

James, son of Robert and Sarah EMSLIE, Foundry, Tide Waiter, baptised 10 May 1818 in Sculcoates, Yorkshire


London Metropolitan Archives


James EMSLIE, aged 18 months, Weston Street, buried 27 October 1819 in St.Olave, Southwark




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