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Emigrants to Argentina on the barque Symmetry

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  • William Young Richmond (1800 - 1863)
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A project to trace the descendants of the original Scottish settlers that emigrated to Argentina in 1824 on the barque Symmetry. The original list is transcribed below:

M' stands for Mc or Mac in surnames

Name: Age: Occupation: Wife: Children:

  1. David Anderson 50 Farmer Mary 2
  2. James Broach 24 Farmer sister 7
  3. William Grierson 32 Farmer Catharine(Kelton) William, Margaret Kelton, Frances
  4. Thomas Galbraith 28 Farmer Jane 1
  5. John MClymont 25 Farmer Catherine (White) 2
  6. John Miller 38 Farmer Anne Marion
  7. James White 24 Farmer Margaret 0
  8. William White 22 Farmer Janet (MClymont) 1
  9. James Aird 28 Carpenter Mary Mary 8
  10. Richard Adams 32 Architect Anna Maria Robert , Mary Louise , Caroline , Mary Jane
  11. John Goldsworthy 25 Painter Sylvia (Thornton)¹ 1
  12. William Arthur 26 Cooper Margaret 1
  13. William Steel 24 Servant
  14. Ann Aird 19 Servant
  15. William Attwell 43 Basketmaker Agnes 5
  16. Robert Burns 28 Trainer Anne 1
  17. Helen Bone 25 Servant
  18. Robert Barclay 23 Servant Helen (Bond) 1
  19. James Brown 25 Servant Mary (Hope) 1
  20. Maxwell Beattie 21 Servant
  21. William Burns 31 Servant Elizabeth 2
  22. Margaret Barber 25 Servant
  23. Robert Boyd 21 Servant Maria 0
  24. Maria Boyd Servant
  25. Anne Irving³ 18 Servant(Domestic)
  26. Ebernezer Jaggart 23 Servant
  27. Ruth Irving³ 21 Servant
  28. William Johnstone 36 Servant
  29. Andrew Lawrie 24 Carpenter Helen 0
  30. Edward Leach 19 Bricklayer
  31. James Lawrie 22 Blacksmith
  32. John Jarrell 21 Servant
  33. Jane Jarrell 22 Servant
  34. Peter Morton 27 Servant Mary 0
  35. Alexander Malcom 25 Servant
  36. Susan M'Michan 23 Servant
  37. D M'Reavie (9) 27 Servant Agnes 1
  38. Thomas Mallet 29 Bricklayer
  39. John Mitchell 25 Butcher
  40. Thomas MKenzie 20 Clerk
  41. John Moddick 30 Servant
  42. Robert MGregor 22 Seaman
  43. Robert M'Clymont 26 Servant
  44. Andrew Rae 30 Servant Anne 2
  45. Hugh Robson 43 Servant(Ploughman) Jane(Ferrish) Thomas, Mary, Jane, Hugh, Edward, Peter
  46. James Rodger 28 Servant Euphemia(Bryce) Christina, Jane Munroe, Isabella Bryce
  47. Barbara Rankin 21 Servant
  48. Malcolm Ramsay 16 Clerk
  49. John Robertson 17 Servant
  50. James Smith 23 Bricklayer
  51. John Simpson 29 Clerk 1
  52. John Robson² 18 Servant
  53. Janet Brown 26 Servant
  54. Moses Berry 22 Carpenter
  55. Jonathan Barker 40 Bricklayer Elizabeth 2
  56. Anne Crosby 18 Governess
  57. William Crozier 32 Servant Anne Sarah Anne
  58. George Croughton 26 Servant(Ploughman)(10)
  59. John Clark 28 Servant
  60. Turnbull Clark 30 Servant
  61. James Cathcart 23 Surveyor
  62. Robert M'Clymont 26 Servant (Ploughman)
  63. William Chessell 25 Carpenter
  64. Wilm Martin Ennar 24 Carpenter
  65. David Fleming 24 Bootmaker Margaret 1
  66. Mungo Tinnock 22 Servant
  67. Thomas Fulcher 22 Sawyer
  68. William Goodman 25 Bricklayer Jane (Smith) 0 (5)
  69. Thomas Griff 28 Bricklayer Laura 0
  70. Thomas Grahame 25 Servant Martha 2
  71. Joseph Grahame 27 Servant Ruth (11) 0
  72. John Gowan 27 Servant(Labourer) Sarah 0
  73. Marion Hazell 25 Servant
  74. Benjamin Hill 33 Sawyer Elizabeth 0
  75. Thomas Heally 24 Bricklayer
  76. John Hicks 26 Bricklayer
  77. Jas Candlish Hart 27 Carpenter Hannah 1 (13)
  78. William Young 23 Servant Barbara (12) 1
  79. Andrew Young 28 Servant Betsy 3
  80. Elizabeth Hedger 25 Servant
  81. Henry Jones 23 Land Surveyor
  82. John Taylor 30 Carpenter
  83. John Tweedie (4) 50 Gardener Janet Kings Cecilia, Jane, Elizabeth, +3 others
  84. Ebenezer Haggart 25 Servant
  85. James Watson 30 Servant Catherine 0
  86. Margaret Wright 26 Servant
  87. John Watson 24 Servant
  88. John Whitaker 41 Painter Maria Buist 2
  89. James Purvis 21 Servant
  90. Peter Purvis 19 Servant
  91. William Speed 26 Carpenter Euphemia 1
  92. John Christian 39 Land Surveyor Margaret(McConchie) James, Colin
  93. Thomas Debenham 28 Carpenter Janet 6
  94. Andrew Duncan 29 Carpenter Maggie 3
  95. John Mair 19 Blacksmith
  96. William Pixton 38 Sawyer
  97. Thomas Bell 27 Bailiff
  98. Andrew Kidd 34 Servant Jane 5
  99. John Smart 25 Bricklayer
  100. George Dawson 30 Servant Jeanie 3
  101. George Knight 29 Sawyer Eleonora (Proctor) 2
  102. William Wilson 25 Doctor
  103. Jas Parris Fisher 25 Land Surveyor (6)

  • 1 Governess, John and Sylvia were actually married 1st May 1826 in Buenos Aires
  • 2 Another of Hugh Robsons sons
  • 3 Sisters
  • 4 The Tweedies may in fact have emigrated a few months before the Symmetry sailed.
  • 5 William and Jane actually married 20 Apr 1827 in Buenos Aires. Other sources give his age as 30 at the time of emigration.
  • 6 Not listed in Dodds, from the Consular registers. He conducted the religious services on board during the voyage.
  • 7 Actually two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. The Broaches were cousins of William Grierson.
  • 8 Born on board ship, 18th June.
  • 9 Probably Donald.
  • 10 aka Creighton. He was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, who gave birth to their daughter, Janet, on 8th July during the voyage.
  • 11 Actually Ruth Irving. They were married 22 Mar 1826 in Buenos Aires
  • 12 Actually Barbara Rankin. They were married 14 Apr 1826 in Buenos Aires
  • 13 Probably James Cavendish Hart, died 7 Jul 1847
  • NB: Servants were not domestic servants, generally, but farm servants, e.g. ploughman, dairymaid, labourer, etc.
  • Maiden names, where known, are given in parentheses. These are not shown in the original, neither are the names of the children.
  • Rev Dodds renders the Mc and Mac prefixes as M', as far as I can tell, the Symmetry colonists all adopted the Mc prefix.
  • Dodds names the captain of the Symmetry as William Cochrane. According to Cecilia Grierson, granddaughter of William Grierson, Cochrane was the normal captain of the Symmetry but was replaced by Captain Smith for the voyage to Argentina. Smith is the captain in the Argentine records.
  • Source:
  • Records of The Scottish Settlers in the River Plate and their Churches, by Rev James Dodds. Published Buenos Aires 1897.
  • Additional Material:
  • James Dodds (1795-1896): A Record of his Descendants, compiled by Arnold E Dodds. Published Buenos Aires 1997.
  • From Caledonia to the Pampas edited by Iain A D Stewart. Published Scotland 2000.
  • Consular Registers from research by Maxine Hanon.
  • St John's, Buenos Aires, Parish Registers transcribed by Jeremy Howat.
  • St Andrew's, Buenos Aires, Parish Registers transcribed by Cathy Murray.
  • William Goodman/Jane Smith, information courtesy of Francisco Cayol, a direct descendant.