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

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.

McRAE, John

Filed under S

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 946

Glenshiel Manse

20th Sept 1819


Duncan MACDONEL one of the poor men from this quarter who wishes to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope sits now at my right elbow and assures me that he together with others have agreed to emigrate on the terms in your circular letter. The names follow:

Duncan MACDONEL aged 30 years, his wife Mary McLEOD aged 26, his eldest daughter Catherine 4 years, his son Duncan 3½ years, his youngest son four months

Farquhar MACDONEL 40 years, his wife Barabara 28 years, his eldest son Alex 6 years, his daughter Isabel 3 years, his youngest son John 1 year

John McKAY 35 years, his wife Rebecca 30 years, his eldest daughter Janet 7 years, Mary 5 years, Alex 2½ years, Kate 6 months

Roderick MATHESON 40 years, Ann his wife, his son John 13 years, Mary hus daughter 6 years, Christopher 2½

Farquhar McRAE 21 years

John McRAE 30 years, his wife Isabel 30 years

John McRAE 28 years, his wife Ann 26, his son Alex 5 years, Isabel 2½ years, Donald 1½ years

Farquhar McRAE 26 years, his wife Christian 21 years, a boy Duncan 9 years

Colin McRAE 22 years

Angus CAMPBELL 28 years

I am requested to ask if a single man may be allowed to bring his mother. There is a young man, a [obscured] Pensioner who would be glad to know if he be allowed to go with his two brothers. They earnestly require to be favoured with an answer. I can as a [obscured] certify that all the persons mentioned on the other side are all good moral characters. I have the honor to be, Sir

Your most obed't serv't

John McRAE

Minister of Glenshiel

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