McVicar James of Scotland
James McVicar was born c1830 supposedly in Inverness Scotland but there is no birth record neither does he appear on the 1841/1851 census. He arrived in New Zealand about 1854, appears to have had a sea connection (fishing perhaps)as he gave his occupation as boatman/mariner before becoming captain of a coastal cutter. Sadly he drowned in 1872 and his death record gives no information. He married in 1867 Mary Ann Fitzpatrick nee Finnie with the name McVicar but used the alias James Stanley, a surname used by the family and following generations.
As Mary Ann Finnie had children during her marriage to Bernard Fitzpatrick the question arose, where they Fitzpatricks or McVicars. DNA results show only Scottish connections so we feel confident our line is McVicar.
We have been unable to get any leads on Mary Ann Finnie's first husband Benrard Fitzpatrick who came to NZ with the 58th Regiment, his army records only show birth place Larah Cavan Ireland and what happened to him after Mary Ann left him.