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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

POTE, Robert - Extra Data


(member of PARKER's Party)


Cambridge Alumni


Edward Ephraim POTE (father)

Adm. (age 17) at King's, a Scholar from Eton, Jan. 24, 1769. [Yst. s. of Joseph, bookseller at Eton (and Anne, dau. of Thomas BARTLETT, bookseller). B. at Eton.] Bapt. Dec. 17, 1750. Matric. Michs. 1769; B.A. 1773. Fellow, 1772-89. Asked leave of the Provost, Feb. 11, 1772, to go as a Writer to the East Indies, but was refused permission as his absence would have been inconsistent with his College duties. Joined the H.E.I.C.S. soon after taking his degree, however, and was for many years resident at Patna, Bengal. Junior Merchant and Commercial Resident at Rungpore, 1778. Resigned, 1809. Died Nov. 24, 1832, aged 82, at Norton, near Worksop. Bequeathed his collection of Oriental MSS. to Eton and King's College. (Eton Coll. Reg.; G. Mag., 1832, II. 484; V. Hodson.)


British Library (British India Office Collection)


IOR/J/1/9/101-02 dated 1775

To the Hon'ble the Court of Directors of the United East India Company

The Humble Petition of Edw. Ephraim POTE sheweth that Your Petitioner hath been educated in Writing and Accounts and humbly hopes himself qualified to serve Your Honors abroad. He therefore most humbly prays Your Honors would be pleased to appoint him a Writer at one of your Settlements in the East Indies wherein he promises to behave with the greatest diligence and fidelity and is ready to give such Security as Your Honors shall be pleased to require. And Your Petitioner shall ever pray &c.


Baptisms for Fort William, Bengal

Edward (born 18th May 1777) and James (born 8th December 1778), sons of Edward Ephraim POTE Esq baptised 29th December 1778


Baptisms for Dinapore, Bengal (date of baptism unclear from image)

Thomas born 9th March 1782 son of Edward Ephraim POTE

Harriett born 14th July 1784 daughter of Edward Ephraim POTE

Robert born 22nd September 1785 son of Edward Ephraim POTE


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for Charles St.Clair POTE, son of Robert POTE, says he was born in Edinburgh.


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