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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

SYNNOT, Walter - Extra Data


Leader of SYNNOT's Party


He was the second son of Sir Walter SYNNOT, High Sheriff of Armagh, and was born at Ballymoyer House. A pedigree can be found here


From: Design and Art Australia Online:

Sketcher and army officer, was born on 29 December 1773, the second son of Sir Walter SYNNOT and his first wife Jane, née SETON. Entering the British Army as an ensign with the 66th Regiment of Foot (Berkshire) in 1793, he attained his captaincy in 1797 and served with his regiment in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Jamaica. On retiring from the army he migrated to South Africa in 1820, where he was appointed deputy landdrost of Clanwilliam, Cape of Good Hope. He held this position until 1825 when he returned to Ireland. On 28 April 1836, he sailed from London in the Amelia Thompson , arriving at Van Diemen’s Land on 25 August. With him was his third wife Mary Jane, née MATHER, and eight of the surviving children from his second marriage. He lived privately at Launceston until his death on 31 December 1851.

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