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1820 Settlers - Dalgairns' Party

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  • By CJBarnes - own work
    Agnes Dalgairns (bef.1805 - 1867)
    1820 Settler - daughter of Charles Dalgairns, leader of Dalgairn's Party Dn # 3889 of 1867. Name: Agnes DALGAIRNS. Birthplace: Meigle, Scotland. Parents: Charles & Charlotte DALGAIRNS. Age:...
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    Eliza Wentworth, SM (1807 - 1882)
    1820 Settler - daughter of Charles Dalgairns - leader of Dalgairns' Party Dn # 3277 of 1882. Name: Eliza WENTWORTH. Birthplace: Scotland. Parents: John & A. DALGAINS. Age: 75yrs. Occupa...
  • By CJBarnes - own work
    Magdaline Dalgairns (bef.1809 - 1907)
    DN # 863 of 1907. Name: Madeline DALGAIRNS. Birthplace: Meigle, Scotland. Parents: Charles & Charlotte DALGAIRNS. Age: 98yrs 3m. Occ.: Gentlewoman. Marital Status: Unmarried. Date of de...
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    Charles Dalgairns, SV/PROG (bef.1779 - d.)
    1820 Settler - Leader of Dalgairn's Party - Widower Dalgairns, Charles Last Name: Dalgairns First Name: Charles Date of Birth: chr. 9 Aug 1779 Place of Birth: Meigle, Perth, Scotland Pare...
  • Elizabeth Blakemore (c.1817 - d.)
    1820 British Settler John Blakemore 28, Farmer, together with his wife Mary Nelson was a member of Charles Dalgairns' Party of 33 Settlers on the Northampton . Party originated from London. Depar...

Dalgairns' Party

1820 Settlers

Main reference The Settler Handbook by MD Nash

See also eGGSA - The 1820 Settler Correspondence

Additional information from British 1820 Settlers to South Africa and South African Settlers

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Party Details

  • Leader Charles Dalgairns
  • Number in the Party 33
  • Area Party originated from London, England
  • Area allocated to the party Left bank of the Blaauwkrantz River
  • 1820 Settler Ship


  • Dates
  • Departure Portsmouth 13 December 1819
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 26 March 1820
  • Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 30 April 1820

(Other parties on this voyage Clark, Mahony, Pigot, W Smith)

Correspondence connected to this Party eGGSA

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No 18 on the Colonial Department list, led by Charles Dalgairns, a gentleman of of 1 New Court, Bow Lane, Cornhill, London. Dalgairns was a widower with three young daughters and 'respectable connections'; his application to take a party of indentured servants to the Cape with the intention of growing flax commercially was supported by a recommendation form 'Mr Laing of the City'. Dalgairns was an impractical man and his business affairs in England and subsequently in the colony seem to have been consistently unsuccessful.

Before applying to take out a proprietary party of his own, Dalgairns had been associated with John Leigh, a City merchant and shipowner, in a project to form a company to settle emigrants at Saldanha Bay. This scheme was turned down by the Colonial Department as 'not conversant with the views of government'. Dalgairns then entered his name with Willson's Party, but withdrew it when his own party was accepted to emigrate.

Dalgairns' first list of his party contained none of the names, apart from his own, that appeared in the final sailing list. He recruited his men in London, and as the party was finally constituted it included four men - Blakemore, Denham, Stephenson and Williams - who had originally engaged to emigrate with Brown and Stubbs, whose Party was rejected (see Clark's Party). Tobias Tharratt's name was originally on the list of another rejected party proposed by James Wilmot (see Willson's Party).

Dalgairns paid deposits for 11 men, and the party embarked at Deptford in the Northampton transport which sailed from Gravesend on 13 December 1819. The baby son of James Williams died at sea, perhaps one of the five deaths from smallpox that occurred during the Northampton's voyage. Table Bay was reached on 26 march and Algoa Bay on 30th April.

Dalgairns' party was located n the left bank of the Blaauekrantz River, but he left his location to move to Somerset early in 1823".

Members of Dalgairns' Party

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Christopher Adcock 35, Tallow Chandler.

Wife Elizabeth Sarah Simmonds 26.

Children :

William Bailey 21. Smith

John Blakemore 28 Farmer.

Wife Mary Nelson 29

Child :

Charles Dalgairns 42 farmer


Stephen Denham 26 Carpenter

Wife Martha Townsend 26

Children :

William Eatwell 33 Army pensioner

Simon Haw 37, farmer.

Wife Alice Margaret Penn 27


Richard Hill, 32 Carpenter

Frederick Stephenson 20

Tobias Tharratt 39 Gardener

Wife Ann Verry 34


William Williams, 40 Gardener.

Wife Mary 36.


  • Mary Williams 4
  • James Williams 1 (died at Sea) to
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