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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of UK parish registers and other primary sources which I have personally researched. Further information about the settlers and their families once they reached the Cape can be found at

Sue Mackay

NILAND, John - Extra Data


(member of HOWARD's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in County Mayo, Ireland ca 1780


South African Commercial Advertiser for 14 December 1839 shows that his wife was Catherine COLLINS.

Master’s Office, Cape Town, 10th December 1839
The Next of Kin and Creditors of Catharine COLLINS, deceased wife of John NILAND, of the Albany District, are required to take Notice that the said deceased died intestate, and that a Meeting of the Next of Kin and Creditors of the deceased, and surviving husband, and all others whom these Presents may concern, will be held before the Resident Magistrate, at his Office, Graham’s Town, on Saturday the 25th January next, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon precisely.....


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for Catherine COLLINS states she was born in County Mayo, Ireland, the daughter of Nathaniel and Mary COLLINS


Grahamstown Journal Tuesday 8 November 1859

We have this week to record the death of Mr. John NILAND, one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of this district, who after a brief illness expired on Monday morning last at the ripe old age of 79. Deceased was one of the British Settlers of 1820, and possessed in an eminent degree the indomitable energy and perseverance which characterised that gallant band. .....

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