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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

LOW, James and William - Extra Data


(members of BAILIE's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for James says he was born in London


Queenstown Free Press 3 August 1888

DEATH OF A SETTLER.- The Cape Times contains a notice of the death of Mr. James LOW, supposed to be the last of the first settlers, having lived in the Colony for sixty-eight years. He arrived first in 1814, and was stationed at the Cape for three years, being in the Navy. He returned to England in 1818, and subsequently to the Cape in 1820. He was also engaged in the American Civil War


From "Bailie's Party of 1820 Settlers" by M.D. Nash

William LOW, an indentured servant to John BAILIE and a carpenter by trade, embarked with the other members of Bailie's party but did not land with them at Algoa Bay: he remained on board the Chapman as a sailor. It is probable that he was a younger brother of James LOW.

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