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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.

MACNEILL, Neil

(see also correspondence of William RAE at CO48/45)

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 764-770

[To Henry MONTEITH, Provost of Glasgow]

Glasgow

19th October 1819

My Lord,

Agreeable to the conversation I had with your Lordship I beg leave to transmit two copies of a memorial to Earl BATHURST which will I hope meet your approbation. I also enclose an abstract list of the persons proposing to form the colony and I hope your Lordship's sanction will induce the Government to grant the requested aid, a ship from Clyde. Our object my Lord is general and our number may show that it is not so much individual benefit but colonisation at large to be our wish, each hoping in time to assist the others and under this impression we have every firm hope that our petition will be attended to. We have to thank your Lordship for your constant good wishes and we hope that a future period will reward your exertions in our behalf and justify the expectations formed from the proposed colony.

The transmission of the enclosed papers and the further prosecution of this desirable object we entirely leave to your Lordship's direction and in the name of the memorialists I beg leave to subscribe myself, my Lord

Your most ob. Servant

Neil MACNEILL

 

May I be permitted my Lord to suggest that if Government do not consider the number on the annexed list sufficient for one ship the requisite number may be soon obtained either from here or from the Highlands, and your Lordship will please remark that in the list enclosed I have not included any person from the latter country as the memorial bears to be on account of the people in and around Glasgow

N MacN

List of Families proposing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope under the direction of Neil MacNEILL

 

Name

Present Residence

Occupation

Remarks

Total Number

1

Charles COVERLY

Anderston

Farmer

Self wife and six children

8

2

Robert COVERLY

Ditto

Ditto

Self and wife

2

3

James COVERLY

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and two children

4

4

William YOUNG

Anderston

Plumber

Self and wife

2

5

James WILSON

Anderston

Baker

Self and wife

2

6

David WALKER

Glasgow

Wright

Self wife and one child

3

7

William WALKER

Ditto

Sawyer

Self and wife

2

8

John WALKER

Ditto

Sawyer

Unmarried

1

9

John HENDERSON

Bridgetown

Weaver

Self wife and six children

8

10

John PARKER

Glasgow

Labourer

Unmarried

1

11

William FERGUSON

Ditto

Weaver

Self wife and one child

3

12

Ross FERGUSON

Ditto

Ditto

Self and wife

2

13

James STONE

Ditto

Ditto

Self and wife

2

14

Daniel MUNRO

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and daughter

3

15

Edward WOODS

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and three children

5

16

William ROSS

Ditto

Labourer

Self wife and son

3

17

Hugh FREELAND

Spring Bank

Weaver

Self wife and 8 children

10

18

John TURNBULL

Bridgetown

Ditto

Self wife and one child

3

19

Thomas LESLIE

Ditto

Labourer

Unmarried

1

20

Charles TODD

Ditto

Weaver

Unmarried

1

21

John TODD

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

22

William TODD

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

23

Peter DUFF

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and child

3

24

Wm. McLUCKIE

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and two children

4

25

Robt. COULTER

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and three children

5

26

Thomas IVESON

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

27

William WALLACE

Ditto

Labourer

Self and wife

2

28

Isaac ROBERTSON

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and three children

5

29

Robt. GLASGOW

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and six children

8

30

James GLASGOW

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

31

William GLASGOW

Ditto

Weaver

Unmarried

1

32

John GLASGOW

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

33

Robert GLASGOW

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and one child

3

34

Robert ANDERSON

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

35

Andrew SMITH

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

36

James LAW

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

37

Thomas MUIR

Calton

Ditto

Unmarried

1

38

William BUCHANAN

Bridgetown

Farmer

Self wife and two children

4

39

Arch'd BUCHANAN

Ditto

Weaver

Unmarried

1

40

John BUCHANAN

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and two children

4

41

Thomas BUCHANAN

Kilbarchan

Printer

Self wife and one child

3

42

John WALKER

Bridgetown

Weaver

Self wife and one child

3

43

Robert DOUGAL

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

44

Arch'd McPHERSON

Trongate

Ditto

Unmarried

1

45

Robert HOGG

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

46

Maxwell SMITH

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

47

Wm. ENGLAND?

Barrowfield

Cartwright

Self and wife

2

48

Nicholas FITZIMONS

Bridgetown

Weaver

Self wife and five children

7

49

William NAPIER

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and two children

4

50

Peter KELLY

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

51

Robert JOHNSTON

Ditto

Farmer

Self wife and two children

4

52

John McMILLAN

Ditto

Weaver

Self wife and six children

8

53

John BARRY

Provan Mill

Wright

Self wife and ten children

12

54

John MacALISTER

Bridgetown

Weaver

Self wife and two children

4

55

John DOUGAL

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and five children

7

56

George HUTTON

Glasgow

Ditto

Self wife and six children

8

57

John BARRY

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

58

James SMITH

Calton

Shoemaker

Unmarried

1

59

John ROBERTSON

Germistown

Gardner

Unmarried

1

60

Wm. McPHERSON

Glasgow

Labourer

Unmarried

1

61

James RAE

Ditto

Ditto

Unmarried

1

62

John TAYLOR

Broomielaw

Sawyer

Self wife and one child

3

63

William YULE

Ditto

Ditto

Self wife and four children

6

64

Thomas CHAPMAN

Ditto

Brewer

Self wife and two children

4

65

Andrew PARK

Glasgow

Baker

Self wife and four children

6

66

James PARK

Ditto

Wright

Unmarried

1

67

Peter GRAHAM

Ditto

Surgeon

Unmarried

1

68

William TENNER

Ditto

Wright

Self wife and two children

4

69

John CRAIG

Bridgetown

Weaver

Unmarried

1

       

TOTAL

213

This memorial is respectfully submitted agreeable to the instructions of Government relative to the encouragement of emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. A considerable number of families in and about Glasgow have selected from their number Mr. Neil NACNEILL to make application to the Government for the proposed aid.

That the different persons composing this list herewith enclosed viewing with confidence the very favorable terms held out by Government, and having every hope in the success of the proposed colony, have determined to accompany Mr. MACNEILL thither and they trust that this memorial will be considered and their prayer granted.

The deposit required by Government is ready to be paid to any authorised agent. Your memorialists beg leave to call your Lordship's attention to the distance at which they live from the general place of shipment and trust that the same will be taken into consideration and that Government will be pleased to order their embarkation from the Clyde, as the expences which they would necessarily incur in going to England will be a considerable drawback on their means, and they further beg leave to state that their number is as many as can be well accommodated on one ship.

Your memorialists have every certainty if the prayer of this petition is granted that their example will be followed by many of their countrymen and that their seems in time every prospect of forming a colony not only beneficial to the settlers but ultimately tending to the real interests of the United Kingdom. In order to prove the sincerity of the memorialists intentions, and in compliance with the orders of Government, the memorialists have waited on the Lord Provost of this City and they trust that under his sanction Government will listen to their petition and grant the aid required.

And your memorialists shall pray

Neil MACNEILL

Glasgow, 26th October 1819

My Lord,

By desire of a number of people resident in this City and neighbourhood who are desirous of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope I transmit to your Lordship their memorial and petition together with a list and particular statement of their families, which I earnestly recommend to your Lordship's earliest attention. As your Lordship will observe by the memorial and a letter addressed to me, which is also enclosed, that the object of these people is to be permitted to embark at some of the harbours on the Clyde, which would be a great saving of their time, trouble and expense to such poor individuals.

With highest consideration I have the honor to be, my Lord

Your Lordship's most faithful servant

Henry MONTEITH

Provost

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