GSSAThe 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

PIRIE, Robert - Extra Data


(member of WILLSON's party)


Mary PIRIE who emigrated was the third or fourth wife of Robert PIRIE. Sources in South Africa give the maiden name of Robert's wife as BOULDEN, but this marriage might indeed have been that of a Robert PERRY. The marriage to Elizabeth BOOTH is clearly correct.


London Metropolitan Archives:


Robert PERRY, bachelor, married Elizabeth BOULDEN, spinster on 16 February 1801 in St.Leonard Shoreditch.

Robert PERRY (signed)

Elizabeth BOULDEN (X)

Witnesses: Joseph PERRY and William MARSH


Robert PERRY, bachelor, married Elizabeth BOOTH, spinster on 29 March 1807 in St.Botolph, Aldgate.

Both signed their names. (Robert clearly signs PIRIE and the signature matches the settler correspondence)

Witnesses: Peter BOOTH and Mabel BOOTH


Margaret, daughter of Robert PIRIE, baker, and Elizabeth, Ship Street, baptised 18 December 1808 in St.George in the East (born 27 February)


Robert PIRIE, widower, married Mary PEARCEY, spinster on 25 June 1815 in St.Mary's, Rotherhithe.

Both signed their names.

Witnesses: William ROBINSON and Ann PEARCEY


Robert George, son of Robert and Mary PIRIE, Adam St, baker, baptised 23 June 1816 in St.Mary's, Rotherhithe (born 26 May 1816)


Robert George, son of Robert PIRIE, baker buried 11 May 1817 in St.Mary's, Rotherhithe, aged 1.


20 August 1818 Marriage Licence

Appeared personally Robert PIRIE and made oath that he is of the parish of Lee in the County of Kent, a widower, and intendeth to marry with Mary Rachel HORN of the same parish, a spinster, of the age of twenty one years and upwards, and further made oath that the usual place of abode of him the appearer hath been in the said parish of Lee for the space of four weeks last past.


Freedom of the City of London Admission Registers (Held at the LMA)


Baker's Hall, London

7th September 1823

This is to certify that Robert PIRIE, 84 Fetter Lane, was this day admitted into his Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers by Patrimony. NB His Father's is Lost, who was admitted to his freedom in the Worshipful Company of Bakers as appears in the Minute Book of the said Company on the 1st day of February 1779.


A second document states

Robert PIRIE, son of George PIRIE, Citizen and Baker of London, came before the Chamberlain the day and Year aforesaid and desired to be admitted into the Freedom of this City by Patrimony in the said Company of [Bakers] because he is legitimate and was born after the admission of his Father into the said Freedom....

A note on this document states that Robert PIRIE was born in 1786

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