of David Cairncross, born
1851, died 1918)
(see write-up on David Cairncross)
(The origin of this tree came from the book, “Cairncross – History of a Scottish Family” by Arthur Fawthrop Cairncross and Bertram Lilburne Cairncross, Section No.5(d) – (5), page 174.)
1. Robert Cairncross, born 1777. Married Jean Rolls. Robert died 9 Feb 1929, in Dundee.
a. Robert Cairncross, born 4 Mar 1792.
1. David Cairncross, born 1826, in Dundee, Scotland. David, who was a mason, emigrated to South Africa when very young. He took up residence in Haarlem, in the Uniondale District of the Cape Province and there, in 1850, he married the first of 3 wives, as the records of the Haarlem Mission Station testify. He had eight sons, and those eight sons had 32 sons and nine daughters. David died at Haarlem on 11th June, 1900. The 32 grandsons have also produced numerous sons and grandsons - how many is impossible to say, as they have become dispersed all over the Cape Province and cannot easily be traced. Such as have been traced are listed in the family tree attached. It is thought that their numbers equal, if indeed they do not already exceed, those descended from William of Prestonpans, the latter numbering 55 males living at the end of 1952. David was known to at least two members of the first branch. William the Architect, about 1895, when supervising the building of the jail at Uniondale, found he was one of the masons; and Thomas L. L. writing 23.2.1939, said, "While I was teaching at Krakeel River, Lower Longkloof, I was introduced to a David Cairncross residing at Haarlem, Longkloof. This must have been around 1890. This Mr Cairncross appeared to a man of 50 or 60 years of age at that time. He once called on my late father on legal business at Uniondale. Naturally my father questioned him on his history. He said he landed at Algoa Bay and tramped all the way from there until he got to Haarlem, a German Missionary Station. He settled there and must have died there. My father told me there was no doubt that he belonged to the Cairncross clan." A letter of 1st October, 1850, from the Colonial Office to the Central Road Board conveys the Governor's approval of the following appointments "at Bain's Kloof Convict Station, viz: David Cairncross to be Sub-Overseer from the first ultimo inclusive, vice Doran, resigned. John Murphy to the Constable from the first ultimo inclusive, vice David Cairncross, promoted." (See the Death Notice of David. This document contains a lot of information including details of his three wives, and the children resulting from those marriages. Frustratingly, there is not total agreement bewtween the children listed on the Death Notice and those listed in this family tree. Some died young and would not have been alive when David died, which would explain at least some. Here is an article sent to me by George Cairncross of Filey, featuring David Cairncross, and entitled, “Life is easy in Haarlem.”)
a. David, 1851-1918.
1. David T. L., 1876 -
2. James R., 1878-1926.
a. David, 1908-1950.
1. Richard David, 1938 -
b. Daniel, 1910 -
c. John, 1911 -
d. Michael, 1918 -
1. Claude J., 1938 -
e. James, 1920. (It is not certain, but this could be the James for which there is a photo of a grave, if so, he was born Feb 12, 1920, and died Dec 24, 1920.)
3. Daniel, 1888-1945.
a. David T., 1912 -
1. Sydney Alexander, born Dec 26, 1933, died Jan 7, 1958.
2. Herbert David, born Dec 2, 1938, died Jan 7, 1958. (See the gravestone of Sidney and Herbert, who died on the same day.)
b. Christian, 1919 -
c. Daniel, 1923 -
d. William, 1927 -
e. James R., 1929 -
4. Alexander, 1890 -
b. James, 1856-1926.
1. David Benjamin, 1889 - 1969. (1889 - 1972 from email from Deon) Married Omie. (See a photo of David’s house, photo sent by David Cx.)
a. James R., 1920 -
b. Fred M., 1921 -
c. David, 1923 -
1. David R., 1946 -
d. Theophilus David, born 1926, died March 1970. Married to Magdelene Mary Beck, born Aug 13 1931.
plus 2 sisters Rosaline and Elsabe Geduld, born c.1928, nee Baxter, nee Cairncross. Elsabe died 18.7.2011, aged 83.
1. Vincent Roderick, born Dec 29, 1950.
a. Emmerencia. Married to Pieter Bosman. Uses the name Cairncross-Bosman.
2. Melvyn Norbert Charles, born Sep 9, 1952. Married Roslin, born May 4, 1955.
a. Beaumore, born Nov 2, 1979.
b. Gaenor, born Oct 31, 1982.
c. Kelman, born Aug 10, 1985.
3. Bernard Theophilus, born Sep 17 1954, married Dawn Lynette, born Oct 27, 1954.
a. Enricco Ricardo, born Dec 31, 1976.
b. Girshwinn Leigh, born Jul 2, 1981.
c. Lezandrae, born Mar 24, 1994.
4. Erna Mathilda, born Jul 7, 1956.
5. Gerhard Eric, born Jul 13, 1958.
c. Glenton Anwell, born May 7, 1988.
6. Clifford, born Feb 25, 1960.
7. Deon Emil, born Mar 9, 1962.
8. Hildegard Elmo, born Jun 12, 1963.
9. Linda, born Jan 7, 1965. Married Thomas Peter McLaurie, born Apr 3, 1954.
a. Ashlene McLaurie, born Aug 26, 1983.
b. Kaylin McLaurie, born Jul 16, 1986.
c. Kurt McLaurie, born May 30, 1994.
10. Elsabe, born Jul 9, 1967.
11. Wayne, born Nov 25, 1969.
e. Gerhardt, born 1933, died 20.07.2011.
2. Peter, 1893 -
3. James, 1897 -
a. David, 1926-1946.
b. Fred, 1930 -
c. Petrus, born 1937, died Sep 21, 2010. Married Elize.
1. Henry James, born Nov 26, 1962. Married Audrey Prinsloo, born Oct 12, 1964, in 1988. Now divorced.
a. Chad Harlan, born 28 Oct 1993.
b. Kim Cairncross, born Dec 9, 1988. Lives in Port Elizabeth.
c. John, 1856-c1860.
d. Benjamin, 1867- ?
2. David M., 1892 -
3. Richard, 1893 -
5. Isaac William, 1910 -
a. Christoffel, 1936 -
b. William, 1945 -
e. William, 1868-1950.
1. David, 1897 -
a. Richard J., 1929 -
2. John, 1901 -
3. Hendrik, 1918 -
4. William, 1932 -
f. Abraham M., 1876-1934.
1. Abraham, 1914 -
2. John, c1918 - 1958.
a. Johannes H.
5. Joseph, 1925 -
a. Abraham, 1948 -
b. Patrick, 1950 -
g. Alex R., 1883 -
1. David T. L., 1906 -
3. Alex, 1919 -
h. John, 1889 -
1. John, 1921 -
2. Porus, 1922 -
3. Benjamin, 1924 -
4. Henry, 1926 -
5. Wilhelm, 1928 -
6. Alex, 1933 -
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