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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

MONTGOMERY, John - Extra Data


(member of BUTLER's Party)


Tombstone says he was born in Dublin on 12 August 1803.


"The Reminiscences of John Montgomery" ed A. Giffard (Capetown, A.A. Balkema 1981) are taken from The Friend of the Orange Free State and Bloemfontein Gazette, 4.12.1868; suppl. 11.12.1868; 7, 14 and 21.1.1869; suppl. 4.2.1869; 25.2.1869; 4, 11 and 18.3.1869; 1, 15, 22 and 29.7.1869; 5 and 12.8.1869; 4 and 25.11.1869; 30.12.1869; 13.1.1870; suppl. 20.1.1870; 27.1.1870; 3, 10, 24 and 31.3.1870; 7.4.1870; 16.6.1870; 14.7.1870.


Obituary in The Friend of the Orange Free State and Bloemfontein Gazette: 27 June 1878


Another of the small surviving band of British Settlers of 1820 has been gathered to his fathers amid the natural grief of his kith and kin, and the sincere sorrow of a very large circle of friends and acquaintances. John MONTGOMERY, the Founder of Burghersdorp (as the deceased with pardonable pride styled himself) departed this life serenely, after a few hours' illness, at Brandfort, in the district of Bloemfontein, on the afternoon of the 19th inst, at the patriarchal age of 75. .......

The subject of this memoir was born in Dublin on August 12 1803, and came out with the British Settlers, in 1820, at which period he was a stripling of seventeen summers, and immediately set about seeking his own fortune in the land of his adoption.......

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