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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

MURRAY, James - Extra Data


(member of HAYHURST's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Ardee, County Louth, Ireland ca 1780.


Death Notice (Cape of Archives) of his wife says that she was born in Ireland ca 1788. Her Christian name appears to be a badly spelt version of Margaret. The Settler Handbook lists her as Mary, but Marg. on settler lists was often mistaken for Mary.


Death Notice (Cape Archives) of their eldest daughter Ann says that she was the daughter of James and Margaret and that she was born in Ardee, County Louth, Ireland on 9 February 1808. Her first husband was John CAWOOD (who signed James' Death Notice) and she later married John PHILLIPS (whose first wife was Sarah HAYHURST (daughter of the Party Leader Richard HAYHURST).


Death Notice (Cape Archives) of Mary FOXCROFT, nee MURRAY implies she was born in Dublin on 14 April 1816, the daughter of James and Margaret MURRAY.


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for son Ralph reads "Born at sea between England and the Cape of Good Hope on the 8th April 1820, son of James and Margaret MURRAY." His baptism record on Family Search gives his date of birth as 9th April 1820.


National Library of Ireland Online Catholic Registers


Marriage Register for Ardee, Louth, Diocese of Armagh:

27 May 1806: James MURRY and Pegy OSBORN (Peggy is a diminutive of Margaret) W(itnesses): Scott SARSFIELD and Thomas OSBORN


Baptism Register for Ardee, Louth, Diocese of Armagh:

9 February 1808: Ann da. to James MURRY and Margaret OSBORN, Blind Gate

[other names difficult to read but probably sponsors]


Baptism Register for Clondalkin, Diocese of Dublin:

Possible baptism for Mary 29 March 1814, daughter of James and Margaret MURRY

However, this would mean her given age at death was two years out. In The Settler Handbook her age was given as 7.


Baptism of Margaret not found.

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