Duncan Campbell's Party
Main reference The Settler Handbook by MD Nash
The aim of this project is to link profiles on Geni to the names in the list, and to expand notes about individuals - mostly on the Profile page in the "About Me" field, or here if no profile exists.
To take part in any project
- you do need to first be a collaborator - so join the project. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!
How to Participate
- Please add only the profiles of members of this party to this project (not their descendants)! This is easily done from the profile page using the Add to project link.
In the interests of uniformity please use one of the images attached to this project as "flags" for 1820 Settlers where there are no other photos available. It easily identifies the actual person who was on one of the ships when browsing the Tree.
- If you have any queries related to these settlers please start a discussion linked to this project. (See the menu top right).
- Please add related projects to the menu on the right.
- If you have links to related web pages that would be of interest to others please add them in the relevant section at the bottom of the page. In order to do this use the drop down menu at the top left of the screen and Join the Project. If this option is not available to you then contact a collaborator and ask to be added to the project. As a collaborator you will be able to edit this page.
- Add any documents of interest using the menu at the top right of the page, and then add a link to the document in the text under the heading below. If you do not know how to do this please contact one of the other collaborators to assist you.
How to add a link is explained in the attached document - Adding links to Geni profiles in projects.
- Leader Duncan Campbell
- Number in the Party 28
- Area Party originated from Hampshire, England
- Area allocated to the party eventually at Thorn Park, near Grahamstown
- 1820 Settler Ship Weymouth
- Departure 7 January 1820
- Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 16 April 1820
- Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820
M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook
"No. 27 on the Colonial Department List, led by Captain Duncan Campbell of Portsmouth, a half-pay officer of the Royal Marines. This was a proprietary party; Campbell paid deposits for 13 men (including himself) over the age of 18 and four 'parish boys'.
Captain Campbell's proposal to emigrate was submitted to the end of September 1819, and its prompt acceptance was perhaps due to his brother's friendship with an influential member of the Colonial Department staff. Campbell was eager to accompany his friends Thomas Philipps and the Griffith brothers, who had already been notified of the succes of their applications. The labourers he planned to take with him were recruited from wales, but all withdrew from their engagement almist immediately.Campbell blamed this change of heart on 'prejudices', which could signify either radical propaganda against emigration or rumours of the dangers awaiting the settlers at the Cape. More labourers were recruited in the Portsmouth area, but there were further desertions and replacements before Campbell could submit a final list, and in the event only 10 of the 12 men he engaged appear to have left England with him. The party sailed form Portsmouth on HM Store Ship Weymouth on 7th January 1820 and arrived in Table Bay on 26 April. Elizabeth, the year-old daughter of Robert Horton, died at sea. On 29th April Captain Campbell was married in Cape Town to Mary Anna Maria Tucker, who may have been a fellow-passenger in the Weymouth.
Land had been purchased by the colonial government at the Zonder End Rover in the Caledon district of the western Cape for the location of some of the settler parties, and Campbell's people disembarked at Simon's Bay on 9 May and travelled overland to join the parties of Griffith, White and Neave. The location proved unsuitable, however, and in August Campbell and what was left of the party - Stroud and Horton and their families, Lovelock, Penny and two of the 'parish boys' - were moved at government expense to Albany, where Campbell had been granted a large farm near Grahamstown. His farm Brakfointein, pn Botha's River, was renamed Thorn Park".
Members of Duncan Campbell's Party
[Bold links are to Geni profiles; other links are to other biographical notes]
- Campbell, Duncan 39, Capt. Royal Marines (half-pay).
- Chance, Richard 13
- Edgecombe, John 16
- Gladstone, W 20 - Not listed by MD Nash, but listed by Hockly. May not have sailed.
- Goff, George 18 - Not listed by MD Nash, but listed by Hockly. May not have sailed.
- Hawkins, John 13
- Horton, Robert 40. Butcher. Wife Elizabeth 26
- Elizabeth 1. (died at sea)
- Jordan, Charles 26. Wife Martha 25
- Charles 3
- Kimmish, John 19 Labourer
- Littlefield, John 40 Labourer. Wife Mary 28
- John 18 Labourer
- Charles 13
- Lovelock, William 40, Labourer
- Penny, George 22 Labourer. Wife Nancy 20
- Shepard, George 23. Servant. Wife Elizabeth 20
- Stroud, John 30. Carpenter. Wife Elizabeth 30
- Wills, John Hilson 29. Tinman. Wife Mary 30.
- Margaret 7
A party of 28 from Hampshire led by Captain Duncan CAMPBELL Royal Marines, sailed in "Weymouth". They were located on the left bank of the Zonder End River, Caledon. They were shortly transferred to Brak Fontein on Botha's River, Albany, thereafter named Thorn Park.
Main sources for party list
Return of settlers under the direction of Captain Duncan Campbell (Cape Archives CO 6138/1,81); Muster-roll and Log of HM Store Ship Weymouth (Public Record Office, London).