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

pre 1820 Settler Correspondence before emigration

ALL the 1819 correspondence from CO48/41 through CO48/46 has been transcribed whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape. Those written by people who did become settlers, as listed in "The Settler Handbook" by M.D. Nash (Chameleon Press 1987), are labelled 1820 Settler and the names of actual settlers in the text appear in red.

LOCH, James

(see correspondence for Captain GRANT filed under G at CO48/43)

[Transcriber's note: James LOCH was the Sutherland Estate Commissioner, largely responsible for carrying out the Highland Clearances]

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 357

Dunrobin Castle

22 August 1819

My Lord

Captain GRANT an officer of the 78th having received Lord GOWER's permission to communicate with those persons who are to be placed on the coast in the course of the ensuing year, in order to learn from them whether they would be inclined to accompany him to the Cape of Good Hope on terms of the regulations held out by His Majesty's Government. I have taken the liberty of addressing your Lordship to learn whether, in the event of a sufficient number agreeing to accompany him & being approved of, a transport or transports would be sent off this coast to carry them to the place of their destination.

May I beg that your Lordship will direct your answer to be sent to me at Blair Adam as I am about to return to Staffordshire.

I am your Lordship's obedient servant

James LOCH

[note from Henry GOULBURN , under Secretary of State, written across the bottom]

Acquaint Mr.LOCH that if the offer of any considerable number of persons from that part of Scotland should be accepted then there will be no objection to a transport taking them on board at the nearest port compatible with the safety of the vessel.




Near Montrose

30th August 1819

My Lord,

Captain GRANT whom I took the liberty of mentioning to your Lordship as a gentleman who was anxious to be accompanied to the Cape by some of the Sutherland Highlanders wishes to know whether if he were to be accompanied by any of the discharged men of the 93rd receiving pensions from his Majesty's government and of whom there are many on the estate of Sutherland, their pensions would be discontinued. Most of the men have been at the Cape with the 93rd and there services therefore would be of much importance in the formation of an establishment at that place.

I have again to beg your Lordship's pardon for this intrusion and beg that your Lordship's answer may be directed to Trentham

I am your Lordship's most obediently

James LOCH




National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 412

106 Great Russell St

1st Oct 1819


I have this morning come to town from Trentham for the purpose of waiting on you along with Captain GRANT to explain how far Lord and Lady STAFFORD are interested in his proposed establishment at the Cape of Good Hope of Sutherland Highlanders. I will call at the Colonial Office at two o'clock.

I am yr obdt sevt

James LOCH

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