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From Dumfries to New Zealand and more.

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AGNES BORTHWICK, Born Dumfries Scotland.

Agnes came to NZ sometime before 1865 as that year she married

AGNES BORTHWICK married WILLIAM SMITH 9 march 1865 Dunedin, NZ
records in the Presbyterian records.

31 May 1879 age 36 years.


often called herself MARY JANE,
she was born in Dumfries, Scotland. 1850.
The parents of both AGNES and MARY were GEORGE BORTHWICK and ELIZABETH ROAN.
MARY was sponsored to New Zealand by WILLIAM SMITH,husband of AGNES. MARY arrived 13 march 1867.on the City of Dunedin..
MARY is next found in a court case where she has stolen money from her employer and ends up in Jail..
She is tried 1 Sept 1868. caught stealing 11 Pounds from her employer, a Mr.ROBERT CADZOW who owned the Andersons Bay Horse Hotel.

Her jail records say MARY is 5 foot 1 inch. complexion fresh, eyes grey, hair light brown.Native of Scotland.
she serves 3 months in jail in Dunedin. MARY is 19 years old.
On 31 Dec 1869 Mary was discharged after doing 3 months sentence.

Mary married Robert Scott 2 July 1869. by the Reverend George Sutherland. ( Otago Wittness 10 July 1869.

Mary was married under her Mothers maiden name of Roan.. obviously she couldn't read or write and thought ROAN was the name wanted... she should have put BORTHWICK when getting the marriage license.

I 1870 ROBERT SCOTT had been in NZ 6 weeks, he was a batchelor aged 34 years.
MARY and ROBERT went to live in a place called Tinkers, later called matakanui. It is in central Otago, North of Alexandra.

They had three children.
JOHN SCOTT 13 Oct 1870 Tinkers
ELLEN SCOTT 16 June 1874.

ROBERT SCOTT was a Gold miner, they lived in a wood and iron house.
It was a very small village with a large Chinese population.

Next we find that ROBERT SCOTT is bankrupt
in the courthouse at Blacks... not far from Tinkers
says he is a miner, bankrupt,1877

ROBERT was involved in an incident with a group of angry chinese miners.
He saw the miners fighting the local butcher and went to help.
He has hit on the arm with a shovel and had a broken arm.
This was in 1872.

Ah Thung alias Ah Cheong charged on warrant with assaulting Scott, arrested by Constable Thomas M'Gann, Blacks Police and sentenced to 2 years' labor; Police Gazette 29 Feb 1872
can read about this on

We know ROBERT went to Dunedin to live in his old age and died there in 1903.
Mary being younger lived until 1923. she also died in Dunedin.




ELIZABETH was born in 1819 at St Michael, Coventry, Warwickshire. She was christened on 29 January 1819 in the same place.

ELIZABETH'S father HUGH ROAN was born in 1780 or 1781 in Mullaghbrack, County Armagh in Ireland. He was a weaver by trade but enlisted as a private in the 6th ( or Carbineers) Regiment of Dragoon Guards on 27 April 1801 aged 20. He was discharged in 1819 when he was 38 due to ill health. ELIZABETH'S mother AGNES ( nee DALZEIL) was born in 1788 or 1789 in Kircudbright, Scotland. Elizabeth was the third of the eight children of HUGH and AGNES.

ELIZABETH married GEORGE BORTHWICK (born 1821) on 23 December in 1842 in the parish of Troqueer, Kirkudbright. GEORGE was the son of GEORGE BORTHWICK and JANET HEUGHAN.(1.) George was a journeyman tailor in Dumfries as his father had been before him.

ELIZABETH and GEORGE had eleven children born in Dumfries, Govan and Edinburgh. It appears that only five children survived infancy. In the 1861 census, the family lived at 3 Montague St in Edinburgh and in the 1871 census, they lived at 15 High School Yards, Edinburgh.(2). George died of TB on 31 May 1869 and is buried in Edinburgh. ELIZABETH'S occupation in the 1873 census is listed as 'charwoman'.

In 1873, Elizabeth, with her children ANN MARY, JANET ROWAN and ROBERT, left Glasgow on the Wild Deer on 6 December for Port Chalmers. It is known that another daughter, MARY JANE and AGNES, had come to New Zealand earlier. They arrived on 5 March in 1874. Within four months on 19 June Elizabeth died of TB and was buried in the Northern Cemetery on 22 June 1874. The cemetery record gives her age as 56 but it may have been 55. the grave was paid for by WILLIAM SMITH and also has AGNES SMITH (nee BORTHWICK)in it.

Most of this information about Elizabeth, has been gathered by ROBERT MATTHEWS of Dunedin and written by JOYCELYNNE LABRAM.

1. JANET'S maiden name is given in several forms: Heughan, Heuchan, Heugan, and even Mc Ewen.

Surnames: Borthwick Dunn Scott
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