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John Bailie, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: at Sea on the "CARNARTIC", Angola
Death: Died in Durban, Natal, South Africa
Cause of death: By drowning in a sea rescue attempt of the "Hector"
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Cockburn Bailie and Anne Bailie
Husband of Amelia Crause, SM/PROG
Father of Charles Theodore Bailie, b1; Archibald Hope Bailie, b2; Thomas Cockburn Bailie, b3; Rev. John Amelius Bailie, b4 and Isabella Bennet Bennett Bailie
Brother of Thomas Manborary Bailie and Archibald Hope Bailie

Managed by: Ann (Pinks) Hope-Bailie (Stacey)
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About John Bailie, SV/PROG

1820 Settler to South Africa. Leader of the Bailie Party which sailed on the "Chapman".

. John (Lt) BAILIE 1820 [04828] John 's occupation was a Civil Servant and Royal Naval Officer. John was born July 5, 1788 at at Sea on the "CARNARTIC", Angola. John and Amelia CRAUSE 1820 [05028] were married about 1807. [05517] John died July 29, 1852 of drowning in a sea rescue attempt of the "Hector" at St John's Church, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. (

John Bailie the 1820 Settler was the son of Col. Thomas Bailie and was born on the Carnatic at Angola 5th July 1788.

During the Frontier War of 1835 military operations were greatly handicapped for want of a sea-port on the coast. In order to establish a port, Lt. Bailie, at his own expense, surveyed the coast from Port Elizabeth to the Buffalo River and took a cargo of supplies in the Knysna Brig, and off loaded them at the mouth of the Buffalo River. On his recommendation East London was built there.

His son Charles was a member of the expedition into Tembuland and Pondoland in 1828 against the Fetcani. He was killed in the Sixth Frontier War,1835, and a memorial tablet has been erected at the spot where he fell, and the place is known as Bailie's Grave Post.

The son John became a missionary in Namaqualand.

The son Archibald died of wounds received in the Seventh Frontier War, 1846.

In 1848 Lt. Bailie established a trading station in Durban. In 1852 he surveyed the coast as far as Durban. Returning in his yacht Haidee, he observed the barque Hector in distress off the Natal coast. Boarding her with some of his men he endeavored to save her, but a storm arose and the Hector was wrecked. Some of the crew managed to escape in a boat which was smashed in the surf, but Lt. Bailie, who was then an old man, perished with the ship. On Signal Hill, East London, there is a memorial to Bailie, the founder of the town.

BAILIE, John. Head of a party and who played an important role in the establishment of East London on the Buffalo River, as a post, after making surveys of the coast and river mouths from Fort Frederick now Port Elizabeth, to the Buffalo River, East London.

SOURCE: The Settler named Jeremiah Goldswain by Pauline GOLDSWAIN

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John Bailie, SV/PROG's Timeline

July 5, 1788
August 19, 1810
Age 22
September 27, 1812
Age 24
Lambeth, Greater London, UK
March 26, 1814
Age 25
London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, UK
January 16, 1816
Age 27
London, England
November 10, 1821
Age 33
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 29, 1852
Age 64
Durban, Natal, South Africa