1820 Settler Party : Philipps

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Party  Philipps 
Leader  Thomas Philipps 
Number in the Party  30 
Area Party originated from  Pembrokeshire, Wales 
Area allocated to the party  Lampeter, Bush River 
1820 Settler Ship  Kennersley Castle,    
Surnames in party  Arboin, Butler, Currie, Davies, Davis, Estment, Gittens, James, John, Jones, Larkham, Mack, Matthias, Owen, Phelps, Philipps, Phillip, Prout, Rhenish, Rickards, Shellard, Tew, Thomas, Unknown
Other Information  A party of 30 from Pembrokeshire led by Thomas PHILIPPS sailed in "Kennersley Castle". They were located on an arm of the Bush River. Their location was called Lampeter. The party had dispersed by 1825 and the location was held by Thomas PHILIPPS. It is now wrongly called New Bristol.
Settler Handbook Content:   No. 19 on the Colonial Department list, led by Thomas Philipps, a gentleman banker of Haverford West, Pembrokeshire. This was a Proprietary party consisting of Philipps and his family and servants, accompanied by a young doctor, Robert Currie, who had initially applied to emigrate to the Cape as an independant settler at his own expense but subsequently arranged to join Philipps' party instead. The men were mostly recruited in Pembrokeshire, but four last minute replacements - W B Jones, Larkum, Rickards and Shellard - were probably engaged at Bristol shortly before sailing. Apart from Philipps' owm family there was only one married man and no young children in the party.

Philipps was a man of means and was recommended by influential friends, including Sir John Owen, the Member of Parliament for Pembrokeshire, and the Countess of mansfield. Deposits were paid for 20 men and three maidservants. The party sailed from Bristol in the regular transport ship Kennersley Castle on 10 January 1820, reaching Table Bay on 29 March and Algoa Bay on 29 April.

The Cape authorities had intended to locate Philipps' party at the Zonder End River, with the other Welsh parties led by his friend Captain Campbell and the Griffith brothers, but on arrival in table Bay the Kennersley Castle was quarantined for measles and its settlers were not permitted to land. Philipps' party was sent to Algoa Bay and located in Albany, on an arm of the Bush River. Philipps named the location Lampeter, after the Carmarthenshie village of Lameter Velfry where his father had been rector and where his boyhood had been spent.


BUTLER, Richard 19. Labourer.

CURRIE), Robert. Surgeon.

DAVIES, John 38. Carpenter. c William 13.

DAVIS, John 23. Labourer.

DAVIS, William 21. Labourer. w Mary 25.

ESTMENT (or ESMOND), William 18. Labourer.

GITTENS, John 23. Gardener.

JAMES, Benjamin 21. Labourer.

JAMES, David 18. Labourer.

JAMES, John 21. Labourer.

JOHN, Ann 25 (servant to Thomas Philipps)

Jones, John 21. Miller.

JONES, William Brooks 26, Shoemaker.

LARKUM, Robert 18. Labourer.

MACK, John 19. Labourer.

MATTHIAS, Thomas 22. Gardener.

OWEN, Mary 20 (servant to Thomas Philipps).

PHILIPPS Thomas 44 Gentleman Banker. w Charlotte 41. c Catherine 17, Edward 16, Charlotte 14, Sophia 12, Frederick 10, Emma 6, John 4.

PHILLIP, William 21. Labourer.

PROUT, James 23. Carpenter.

RICKARDS, William 21. Baker.

SHELLARD, George 25. (servant to Robert Currie).

THOMAS, Martha 18. (servant to Thomas Philipps).

Main sources for party list

Agent of Transport's Returns of settlers under the direction of Thomas Philipps, Table Bay, 29 March 1820 (Cape Archives CO 6138/2,64).

Further Reading

Thomas Philipps' letters to his kinfolk (manuscript in the Cory Library, Rhodes University). A selection of these letters has been edited by A Keppel-Jones and published under the title Philipps 1820 Settler (Pietermaritzburg, Shuter and Shooter, 1960), with an index by Thelma Gutsche(Johannesburg Public Library, 1961).

from THE SETTLER HANDBOOK by MD Nash page 105 

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