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Robert Biggar

Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Edinburgh castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: April 17, 1838 (25)
Tugela, Mandini, iLembe DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Alexander Harvey Biggar, SV/PROG and Mary Biggar, SM/PROG
Husband of Mkize
Father of Sophia Biggar; George Biggar and James Biggar
Brother of Margaret Graham Biggar; Anne Harold Dunn, SM; Mary John Biggar; Jean Straton de Smidt; Georgina Biggar and 6 others
Half brother of NN son by a Zulu woman of Biggar

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About Robert Biggar

1820 British Settler


Robert Biggar 7, together with parents and 10 siblings, emigrated to South Africa in their father's Party of Settlers on the Weymouth.

Party originated from Hampshire. Departure 7 January 1820. Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 16 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Brak River

Children :

Margaret Graham Biggar 20

Ann Harold Biggar 18

Mary John Biggar 16

Jean Straton Biggar 14

Georgina Biggar 12

Agnes Elizabeth Biggar 10

Charlotte Biggar 8

Robert Biggar 7

Alexina Biggar 3

Helen Biggar 1

George Biggar (born at sea)


Troy Meyers writes "I have searched the government archives in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and have come up with three persons with the Biggar surname which seem to have been born in the 1835-1839 period in Durban. They are George Biggar, James Biggar and Sophia Biggar, the two males George and James seemed to have moved to the Ixopo area and Sophia to the Waschbank area in Dundee, Biggarsberg area.

Both males seem to have originated in Isipingo area south of Durban originally owned By Dick King, who was a pioneer in the Durban area who was sent by Alexander Harvey Biggar to warn his son George of an impending attack by the Zulus under Dingaan, 120km inland at Blaauwkrantz.

Family legend has it that Dick King took took in the two youngsters, George and James, whilst Sophia was taken in by the Vootrekkers and was moved to the northern part of Natal as they had conflict with the English in 1842. As these were children of mixed descent they most probably where treated more leniently than the local natives and Sophia was given land in an area close to Carel Landsman(he appointed Alexander Biggar as the magistrate of Port Natal in 1837) in Biggarsberg, where she married a gentlemen called William Africa who's family claim have come with the Vootrekkers as a slave from the Cape in 1837 as a small boy.

Sophia Biggar seems to have married a Mr Mthembu in 1860 or so but keeping in mind that record keeping was kept in memory rather than been reduced to writing and half castes and natives where largely illiterate as was the case with many early settlers in Natal. The death notice(1901) and gives an age of 60, also reflects that Sophia's father was a European , one Johannes Biggar and mother Mkize ,she was born in Durban. Recorded history shows that there was no Afrikaner with the surname Biggar but Alexander's Biggar son in law was Johannes De Smidt, and either him or Robert used that name as an alias.

George Biggar seems to have married Maria Toohey who was a daughter of Charles Daniel Toohey(was on the ship taking refuge with Alexander and Ann Harold Biggar when Dingaan's impi attacked the port after Robert Biggar was killed at the battle of Tugela), one of the early British settlers and huge land owners. George seemed to have worked as a transport rider for the King family and must of met her on his many trips around the colony as they delivered from the port and vice versa.The earliest record I have of his first child from Maria Toohey is Charles Daniel Toohey born 1869. His second child is from a second liaison or second wife,Elizabeth Delagues, recorded Joseph Ulric Biggar 1881, a daughter Appolinia Biggar married 1898, a son Vincent George Biggar ,born,1885 in Isipingo, a grandson Lawrence Biggar 1889, and Mathias Biggar estimated 1879. These records are kept at the Mariannhill Trappist monastery built in 1882 Pinetown.

James Biggar was born in Isipingo area and so was his son John Biggar in 1860, the record reveals that his mother died at birth hence there is no record who was. hypothetically for James to have had John In 1860 meant he was definitely born in 1835-1838 era. "


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Robert Biggar's Timeline

September 27, 1812
Edinburgh, Scotland
April 17, 1838
Age 25
Mandini, iLembe DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Age 25