About Richard Harbottle / Hairbottle, Snr, SV/PROG
1820 British Settler
Richard Hairbottle 32, Gardener, together with his wife Jane Loid 28 and 3 children, were part of Griffith's Party of 41 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor.
Party originated from Cardiganshire, Wales.
Departed Liverpool, 13 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town - 19 March 1820.
Area Allocated to the Party : Western Cape - on the left bank of the Zonder End River in the Caledon District. The party was shortly transferred to Albany, Lieutenant Griffith remaining at Zonder End River for some time.
- Richard Hairbottle 8
- Ann Hairbottle 1
- William Hairbottle
Richard Hairbottle was born in the British Isles, probably in or near Cardiganshire, in about 1788. Richard was a gardener. Aged 32, Mr Hairbottle and family emigrated to South Africa in 1820. They were members of the Griffith party from Cardiganshire which sailed aboard the Stentor from Liverpool to Port Elizabeth. From there they were transported by ox wagon to their allotted land on the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony. Descendants of Richard Hairbottle are encouraged to Update this page with details of the line of family members down to yourself and your immediate family.
While looking into Griffith's Party for my talk in Montgomery, I have found some additional information on Richard and Jane HAIRBOTTLE which may be of use to descendants (I will add it to the Extra Information on the eGGSA settler pages)
Two of their children were baptised in Forden, Montgomeryshire Richard, baptised 21 April 1811 William, baptised 30 June 1816 (son of Richard, labourer, and Jane - address given as Corner)
I then found a marriage in St.Nicholas, Plumstead, Greenwich on 19 September between a Richard HAIRBOTTLE and a Jane LOID. The marriage has been transcribed on FMP as Jane LORD, but I have seen the original image and there is clearly a dot over the i.
This marriage is right timewise, but a long way from Wales. I then found a service record for Richard HAIRBOTTLE which might explain what he was doing in Greenwich. WO97/ 1233/42 at the National Archives shows that Richard was born in Frome, Somerset and enlisted at the age of 17 on 4 June 1804 into the 10th Battalion Artillery as a Gunner. He served for 10 years and 150 days and was discharged on account of rheumatism on 31 October 1814, aged 27 years and 3 months. He was 5'2" tall, with fair hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion.
I then began to wonder whether his wife Jane, who was illiterate, was actually Jane LLOYD, and that the clerk in Plumstead had just written a phonetic rendering of an unfamiliar name. Next I began to wonder if she and Richard had gone back to her home parish, and so looked at earlier baptisms in Forden, Montgomeryshire. With such a common Welsh surname as LLOYD nothing is conclusive, but it interesting that there are baptisms for the following children of Peregrine and Elizabeth LLOYD in Forden: Jane baptised 25 Oct 1789 John baptised 1 May 1803 Now there was a John LLOYD (18) listed as a member of Griffith's Party. Could this have been Jane's younger brother, who possibly exaggerated his age a smidge in order to qualify? Difficult to prove, but it causes one to think!
Richard Harbottle / Hairbottle, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline
May 1, 1803
September 19, 1809
June 30, 1816