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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

GILFILLAN, William Frederick Anderson - Extra Data

Independent Settler


Came out as an independent settler in March 1820 on the "Importer". His brother Adam GILFILLAN sailed with THORNHILL's Party


Monumental Inscription reads; Sacred to the memory of William Frederick Anderson GILFILLAN born 27-1-1796 died 4-9-1855 The deceased came to this country in 1812 an ensign in the 60th Rifles. Returned to England about 1819 and in 1820 came out as a military settler on half pay. During the war of 1855 he commanded a company of Levies and at its conclusion was appointed Commandant and Resident Magistrate of Cradock which office he held until his death. And of his widow Anna Margaret GILFILLAN (born THORNHILL) died at Cradock 13th February 1879


Westminster Archives


John GILFILLAN Esq of St.James, Westminster and Elizabeth BRIDGE of this parish were married by licence on 11 September 1791 in St.George's Hanover Square

Both signed

Witnesses: Thos. SYMES and Caroline M. HOWORTH


Jersey Heritage


Elizabeth Caroline Mary, daughter of Lieutenant John GILFILLAN late of the 83rd Regiment of Foot and of Elizabeth GILFILLAN (late BRIDGE) his wife, born the 5th August 1792 was privately baptised the same day & presented in the chapel of St.Aubyn [St.Brelade] the 29th of the said month by John BLOMART Esq late major in one of His Majesty's provincial Corps in America and Elizabeth Margaret KEMP daughter of Stephen KEMP Esq, Captain of His majesty's Marine Corps.

John Alexander, son of Lieutenant John GILFILLAN late of the 83rd Regiment of Foot and of Elizabeth GILFILLAN (late BRIDGE) his wife, was presented to the holy [obscured] the twenty third day of January 1794 [in St.Brelade] by Lieutenant James RAYNAR late of the 70th Regiment & Mrs. Lucy [BROWN].

William Frederick Anderson, son of John GILFILLAN, Lieut in Major GRANT's Independent Company of Invalids & Elizabeth his wife, was born on the twenty seventh of January and baptised on the twentieth day of February1796 in the Garrison of Elizabeth Castle, Jersey.
Sponsors: Major Robert ANDERSON, John GILFILLAN and Mrs. PIERSON

Adam, son of John GILFILLAN Gent: Lieut't in the Royal Independent Invalids and of Elizabeth his wife, was baptised on the eleventh day of August 1800 in St.Helier, Jersey
Sponsors: Duncan McPHERSON Esq and Elizabeth GILFILLAN

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