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About Philip Albert Mijburg, b2c3d2

Baptism record - Philip Albert Mijburg, 10 September 1747:

Die Myburghs van Suid-Afrika (1988: Witnesses at baptism: Albert Myburgh the elder and Catharina Pasman.
In 1796, P.A. owned 5 loan-farms in Graaff-Reinet (frontier country?), various loan-farms in the north-west, and was the owner of Meerlust, Vredenburg and other farms in the Boland (today the Cape Winelands area).
Died 3 June 1813 and buried at Meerlust.
According to the Wikitree entry, Philip Albert Meijburgh was the 2nd generation Meijburgh owner of Meerlust. He was a patriot and pioneer, and at the helm at Meerlust from 1788-1813. He was married to Hesther Anna van der Bijl [daughter of] Gerrit van der Bijl, owner of Vredenburg next door. Together they had 14 children; however they lost 5 sons between 1778 till 1785." (From Meerlust: 300 years of hospitality, by Phillida Brooke Simons.)
Story of PA's part in the Cape Patriots story, according to the Myburghs book, follows. (For more information about the Cape Patriots, and relateted matters, see below.):

In 1779, he was one of the four heemraden (members of a council assisting a local magistrate) from Stellenbosch and Drakenstein who went to Governor van Plettenburg with a petition of 300-400 burgers from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Drakenstein to request sending deputation to the Netherlands about the banishment of Carel Hendrick Buitendag.

In 1784, he was together with his father (Johannes) one of the 15 Chosen Representatives to represent the “citizens of Cape Town and outlying districts”. During the same year, a direct address was directed to the Staten-Generaal in Netherlands without intervention by the VOC. Philip and his father Johannes were both signatories.

In 1785 Philip and his father guaranteed payment for the deputation to the Netherlands and in 1788 they signed the money report of the Second Deputation. One of the most notable leaders of the Patriots was Cornelis van der Poel, who was married to Philip’s sister, Elsje Elisabeth. He was also Captain of the 2nd Company of Burger Infantry (2de Companjie Burgerinfanterie).

During 1795 and the first British military occupation of the Cape, Philip and his sons played an active role in the public life of the Cape. In a letter from General Craig to magistrate (Landdrost) Van Der Riet about the wheat shortage, he wrote: “Amongst those acting in this manner is Phil. Albertus Meyburg being in your district who is known to have a very considerable quantity of wheat, has not sent in one muid as yet. I therefore request that you please send me a copy of the proclamation to him by a proper officer who will carefully deliver it and who will at the same time inform the said Meyburg that it is particularly levelled at him and such as him. Plus a threat that 25 dragoons with their horses will live at free quarters on his farm until such time as he has sent his grain to Cape Town for sale!”.

In 1797 the members of the Krygsraad (Council of War) of Stellenbosch asked for their resignation and refused to renew the oath of office. (??) Lord Macartney recommended that they do it immediately. There were 22 soldiers posted at PA Snr, 10 at each of his adult sons (Johannes Albertus, Gerhard and PA Jnr) and 10 by family members D.J. Morkel, Philip Morkel of Klapmuts and Cloete of Paarl (Drakenstein).

The Landdrost (magistrate) of Stellenbosch, Van der Riet, and the Council sent a list of the burgers who had not signed the Oath of Allegiance to the British. Amongst others: Gerhard and Philippus Jnr Myburgh; Paul, Jacobus and Tielman Roux (sons of Jacobus Roux) and brothers of Joh. Alb. Myburgh (PA Snr). (??)

In the time of Batavian rule and under the authority of Gen. Janssens, there was a series of gatherings in the Tuynhuis in Cape Town. 28 possibilities of advancement or development of the Cape Colony were discussed. According to the Kaapshe Courant (12 June 1805), the 28th one, relating to education, was passed by the men present: Rhencius, Kirsten, van Ryneveld, Louw, van R. van Oudtshoorn, Mattiesen, Bergh, Breda, Myburgh, van Reenen, Cloete, Cruywagen, Truter, Eksteen, Vos.

Further information on the Cape Patriots:
- Wikipedia entry on Gov. van Plettenberg:
- New History of South Africa (2007), pp. 70-71 (
- Carel Buitendag:
- Lord Macartney:,_1st_Earl_Macartney – Governor of the Cape, end 1796-Nov 1798.

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September 10, 1747
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
September 10, 1747
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
June 10, 1771
Age 23
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
December 9, 1772
Age 25
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
October 2, 1774
Age 27
August 1776
Age 28
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
May 1778
Age 30
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
January 1780
Age 32
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa