Jasper STEWART from Scotland
Jasper STEWART born 3 December 1861 in the village of Mersington. Parish of Eccles, Scotland. He was the son of Helen STEWART, agricultural labourer. Declaration of Paternity [CE Vol 1 P8 15/12/1862]by James STARK, farm labourer of Rumbleton. Jasper was raised by his grandmother Agnes MIDDLEMAS.
He arrived in Lyttleton 28 June 1882 on the Wairoa. (I have a conflicting record of arrival on June 1876 - but this does not fit in with other information). He brought with him a horse, a border collie and five pounds. He worked as a shepherd for W A Low of St Helens for 2 years then went to Parnassus Station as head shepherd for 4 years. He married Esther UPRITCHARD [b. 08/12/1870] on 21 June 1888. They had 3 children: Mary Agnes, Charles Gordon [b. 5/06/1892] and Esther.
He worked for a further 4 years at Leslie Hills Station. In 1891 he took up a small grazing run in the Waikari Valley. In 1893 he bought a 450 acre farm at Scargill. This was part of Glenmark Station. He got his first sheep from James Little of Allandale. His first wife Esther died at a young age in 1894. Anecdotally, Jasper did not treat her very well. He married again in August 1897 to Harriet Greig and had 7 more children.
Jasper was a good judge of sheep and judged at shows. He got soaking wet when judging sheep one day and this brought on an illness from which he died in Christchurch 23 March 1912