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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

TAIT, Peter - Extra Data


(see correspondence of his brother, William TAIT)


Peter TAIT led an earlier party of settlers to the Cape. The correspondence by William TAIT concerns a second wave of emigration.


The TAIT family came from the small parish of Whitsome and Hilton in Berwickshire. Peter and William were the sons of Joshua TAIT of Langrigg. 


New Register House, Edinburgh


Langrigg, TAIT, Peter, son of Joshua, tenant there, baptised 16 October 1781 in the parish of Whitsome and Hilton, Berwickshire

Witnesses: Thos. JEFFREY, tenant, Wester Laws and Peter JOHNSTONE, tenant, Wester Newton.


A Whitsome One Place Study lists graves of Peter's grandparents (no.117) and wife Agnes (no119)

117: In memory of James TAIT of Longridge who died February 1, 1766 aged 82 years.
Also of Elizabeth GAIR who died 6 June 1787 aged 94 years.
Joseph TAIT of Longridge died 7 August 1800 aged 66 years.
Wife Jenat JOHNSTON died 18 March 1811 aged 72 years.
Son James TAIT died 1 October 1764 aged 7 weeks.
Son Joseph TAIT died 24 February 1792 aged 12 years

119: In memory of Agnes HOGARTH spouse of Peter TAIT tenant of Horndean who died at Horndean 13 March 1817 aged 38 years.
Also the said Peter TAIT died Charleston in the USA 18 May 1836 aged 55 years


See also correspondence of Peter TAIT in 1824 (CO48/67)


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