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David McKenzie Grewar, SV/PROG

Nicknames: "Gruar"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Cape Province, South Africa
Place of Burial: Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of John Grewar and Janet Grewar
Husband of Johanna Catharina Frederika Marais, SM
Father of Maria Magdalena Rosina Grewar; John Charles Grewar; Janet Gertruida Grewar; Maria Elizabeth Grewar; Johanna Catharina Frederika Grewar and 8 others
Brother of Robert Grewar and John Grewar

Occupation: Wagon builder.
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About David McKenzie Grewar, SV/PROG

The Grewar family in South Africa are descendants of David McKenzie Grewar (or GRUAR). He was born in Linlithgow, Scotland in 1796, the son of John Grewar who appropriately was a brewer, and his wife Janet (née McKenzie). According to family tradition, David McKenzie Grewar was apprenticed as a shipwright in Kirkcudbright, Dumfriesshire. Early in 1817, at the age of 20, David and his brother John Grewar sailed for London from Leith, near Edinburgh to join Captain Benjamin Moodie's party of 200 Scots artisans to settle in the Cape of Good Hope.

The 'Garland' left London for the Cape on 6 May 1817, and arrived in Table Bay at the end of August. The 'Clyde' sailed at the end of May and arrived on 27 September. In November 1817, John Grewar signed a promissory note in Cape Town to repay Moodie 350 rixdaalders, within a year 'for value received', the costs of passage for himself and his brother. Moodie noted that he was employed as a cooper in Wale Street. His earnings were clearly better than those of William Jacobs, for example, a laborer working at Myrtle Grove, Cape Town, who promised to repay Moodie 302 rixdaalders within three years.

DAVID GREWAR was given permission to remain in the Cape Colony on 30 March 1818 (PR list No. 2147). This meant that two respected members of the community were prepared to stand surely for his future good behavior. As noted above, John Grewar apparently worked as a cooper in Wale Street, Cape Town, for a while. In 1820 he was reported in Wynberg as being among those of Moodie's men who were moving around without passes from the authorities. He apparently left Cape Town some time after this for Australia, and founded another branch of the family there.

Unfortunately we know little of David Grewar's subsequent life and movements, except that he finally settled in Uitenhage, where according to his death notice in the Cape Archives, he was a wheelwright. In 1831 he married the young JOHANNA MARAIS, daughter of Christoffel Marais and Maria Dannhauser. David and Johanna Grewar had 12 children - five of whom died in childwood. Their youngest, Thomas Jones Paterson Grewar was to be the father of Thomas Bertie Grewar.

It would be interesting to know why David McKenzie Grewar gave his youngest son the names of 'Jones Paterson.' The tradition among both the Scots and the Dutch families of naming children after their grandparents, parents, and great grandparents can clearly be seen in many of the genealogies. This sometimes goes so far as including the family name as a given name. It also appears that children were sometimes named after friends of the family, or of course after various persons admired by a parent for some reason, including characters in literature. But the names 'Jones' and 'Paterson' seem unusual, as they are both normally found as surnames. Thomas Bertie Grewar, always known as 'Bertie,' seems to have been named after Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.

Information about the Scots immigrants brought to South Africa by Captain Moodie can be found in The Moodies of Melsetter, by Edmund H Burrows (Cape Town/Amsterdam:Balkema, 1954). The Grewar genealogy was originally compiled by Ds Sam Murray of Jeffreys Bay, and published in Familia, the journal of the Genealogical Society of South Africa. Information about the name Grewar comes from an article in The Scotsman, 'Changes in the Glen' by Alasdair Steven (date not known), and from Surnames of Scotland, by George F Black (New York, 1946).

GREWAR/GREWER/GREWYR/GROWAR - Shortened from MacGruar, who appear to have settled in Kindrocht (now known as Braemar) in the 15th century. John Grewyr was tenant in Fortour c.1520, and Thomas Growar, burgess freeman of Glasgow, 1628.

Brewster - From ‘brewer’ or ‘brewster’ - originally a woman’s occupation. Thomas le Breuester in the county of Lanark rendered homage in 1296. Johannes dictus Brouster held land in Aberdeen in 1382, Robert Brewester, a Scot, received letters of denisation in England in 1480, another Robert Broustar was burgess of Glasgow in 1487, William Broster held land in Arbroath in 1513, Thomas Brouster was curate to Sir John Swinton of that Ilk in 1515, and Duncanus Broustir appears in Murthlac in 1550. In the north, this name is a translation of MACGRUAR (brewer’s son).

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David McKenzie Grewar, SV/PROG's Timeline

1796
June 22, 1796
West Lothian, Scotland
June 25, 1796
West Lothian, Scotland
1817
1817
Age 20
Cape Colony, South Africa

MOODIE'S SETTLERS TO THE CAPE

On 14 June 1817, one of the forerunners of organized immigration to the Cape, Benjamin MOODIE begged leave to acquaint the colonial public 'that, under the sanction of Government, he has arrived from England with a number of mechanics and labourers consisting of smiths, carpenters, cabinetmakers, turners, coopers, masons, tanners, stonecutters, ploughmen, gardeners etc, and that ... he proposes hiring part of them out for such periods as may be agreed upon.' This party arrived on the ship Brilliant. Later the same month he announced that a further 50 were on their way to the Cape, on the Garland, which duly landed at Table Bay on 23 August 1817. They were followed by another group on the Clyde on 24 September 1817. The men were Scottish artisans, about 200 in all, brought out under indenture to Moodie.

This experiment wasn't an unqualified success. The indentured immigrants were dissatisfied with the conditions of service and a few ran away to become outlaws in the Knysna forests. Some of Moodie's settlers married into Dutch families.

Moodie himself was 9th Laird of Melsetter (pronounced Meltster), Orkney. Born 1 January 1789 he married Margaret MALCOLMSON in 1816. Shortly after that the idea of taking indentured settlers to the Cape, and of settling there himself, took strong hold of Moodie's imagination and he applied for purchase of suitable property. His brother John Moodie also decided to settle in South Africa and arrived on the Mary in 1819. In 1829 he produced a book, 'Ten Years in South Africa', before emigrating to Canada. Another brother, Donald Moodie, also later came to South Africa.

Apart from the source offered here - 'Moodies of Melsetter' by Edmund H Burrows - some details of Benjamin Moodie's immigrants can be found listed by surname in Peter Philip's 'British Residents at the Cape 1795-1819'.

ALLAN, John
ANDERSON, George, Robert and William
ARMSTRONG, John
ARNOT, David
BAIN, Colin
BARTY, John
BARTHGATE, John
BAXTER, William
BEGBIE, Peter
BELL, James
BERTRAM, John
BLACK, John
BLAIK(I)E, James (Also William) and Robert
BURNS, Peter
BUTTERS, Edmund
CAIRNCROSS, James, John and William
CAIRNS, Alexander
CAMERON, James
CARR, Thomas
CARSE, George
CLARK, Andrew
COCKBURN, George
COLLIE, Kirkpatrick
COULTHERD, James
COUSIN, James
CRAIL, Robert
CUMING, Niman
CUNNINGHAM, Alex.
CURDIE, Michael
CUTTING, W. and John
DARLING, James
DAVIDSON, Alexander and Adam
DAVIS, John
DODDS, Archibald
DONALD, George
DOUGLAS, John
DOWNIE, James
DRYDEN, John
EDINGTON, Andrew
EDWARD, Hugh
ELLIOT, George
FLEMING, William
FOTHERINGHAM, J and W
FRIER, Robert
GENTLE, Alexander
GIBBY, James
GORDON, James
GRAHAM, Andrew
GRAY, John and William
GRUAR, David and John (GREWAR)
GRUBB, James
HARDY, James
HAUTON, James
HAY, John
HENDERSON, John (1) and John (2)
HILL, John
HOGG, James, John and Robert
HUME, David
HUNTER, Thomas
JACKSON, James
JACOBS, William
JARDINE, Robert
JARVIS, William
JOHNSTON, John and Patrick
KATER, Thomas
KAY, James
KERR, Archibald and William
KILPATRICK, Alex.
KINCAID, Charles
LAIDLER, John and Thomas
LAING, John and Peter
LEARMONT(H) John (Jamie)
LILLIE, Allexander
LISTER, Jeffray
LOW, James and Robert
LOWRIE, Allan and James
LYALL, William
McDONALD, Alexander, Donald, and Thomas
McGREGOR, John
McHARDIE, Charles
McHENDRICK, James
McKENZIE, John
McLACHLAND, Alex. and Philip
McLAUGHLAN, John
McLELLAN, Alex.
McLEOD, Murdoch
McLUCKIE (Also McLUSKIE), William
McNEIL, Donald
McPHAIL, Alexander and James
MATHIESON, Job
MEIKLE, James
MILL, William
MILLAR, Robert
MITCHELL, Thomas
MORRISON, Alexander and William
MURCHISON, John
MURRAY, Andrew
MUTER, John and Robert
NASMYTH, John
NEILSON, George
NICOL, George (Also William)
NORVAL, Archibald, John Senior, John Junior and William
OGILVIE, Robert
OLIVER, John
PARKER, James
PATERSON, Archibald, and David
PENNYCOCK, William
PRENTICE, Thomas
REID, James
ROBERTSON (?ROBSON), James
RODGERS, David
ROSS, Andrew, George and Robert
SANDERSON, John
SCOON, James and Robert
SCOTT, George, John (James), Thomas, William (1) and William (2)
SELKIRK, James
SHARP, Archibald
SIMPSON, Archibald and James
SMALL, James
SMITH, Anstruther, George, and James
SPENCE, Thomas
STRATH, Scott
STEPHENS, James
STEPHENSON, George, and John
STEWART, Archibald
STRACHAN, John (1) and John (2)
SUTHERLAND, Robert
SYME, John
SYMINGTON, James
TAIT, Alexander and Thomas
TAYLOR, James B.
TESTER, John
THOMSON, Robert and Walter
TOLMIE, James
VAWSER, William
WAIT, James
WAITER, John
WALLACE, Alexander, David and James
WATSON, Andrew
WATT, James and Peter
WEATHERHEAD, G.
WEIR, John
WHITELAW, John (1) and John (2)
WILSON, John
WILKIE, James
WINTER, George
WRIGHT, John
YOUNG, George

Source: http://www.genealogyworld.net/immigration/moodie.html

1831
October 1, 1831
Age 35
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1832
July 22, 1832
Age 36
Uitenhage, Cape Colony, South Africa
1833
October 23, 1833
Age 37
Uitenhage, Cape Colony, South Africa
1835
August 2, 1835
Age 39
1837
May 11, 1837
Age 40
Uitenhage, Cape Colony, South Africa
1838
December 10, 1838
Age 42
1840
October 28, 1840
Age 44
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa