Barque: 378 Tons
Captain: John Grey
Surgeon Superintendent: Niel Campbell
Sailed Clyde 5:00pm 25th August 1840 - Arrived Port Nicholson 27th December 1840
The NZ Company knew the value of the
Scot as a pioneer. The Blenheim brought out 197 people under the leadership of Laird
Donald McDonald (his opinion about some of these folk is expressed in the
"Comments" column below). This gentleman was a representative of the New Zealand
Company and a large landholder in the colony and nearly the whole of the body of
emmigrants were composed of his own and neighbouring clans, near Fort William,
Source White Wings - Sir Henry Brett
Departure of the Blenheim
Voyage of the Blenhiem
|Isabella||1||Died at sea 23/10/1840|
|If a wife's maiden name is shown this is because she was known by this name on the passenger list. A common practice in Scotland.|
|Wife||30||No name given|
|Child||No name given|
|Child||No name given|
|Cameron||Donald||46||Weaver||From Ormasaigmore -
"This man and his family have been known to me for many years, he is very industrious."
|Duncan||8||Comment crossed out|
|Cameron||Donald||52||Labourer||From Trishilaig -
"This man and his family have been knowen to me all my life & are a very industrious family. The same remark applies to his brother and his family who is next to him but one on the list, they have besides excellent references."
|Cameron||Dugald||48||Labourer||From Glenmore -
"Also a pensioner of Chelsea Hospital & brother to the above Duncan Cameron may be considered as one family having always lived together since their retirement from the army."
NB Duncan did not embark
|Cameron||Ewen||50||Tailor||From Trisilaig -
Brother referred to in the comments against Donald Cameron's name above.
|Cameron||John||49||Labourer||From Achranach -
"Recommended by Sheriff Gregorson & his Parish priest."
|Ferguson||John||50||Miller & Wright||From Sky|
|Frazer||Duncan||40||Blacksmith & Labourer||From Corran -
"Has been long known to me and has excellent certificates."
|Thomas||Infant||Born at sea|
|Frazer||Mrs Jane||20||Sister of Mrs Duncan Frazer|
|Frazer||Mrs Jane||25||Widow of William Frazer|
|Keith||Alexander||34||Shepherd & Labourer|
|MacGregor||Gregor||21||Labourer||"Recommended by Tallasker."|
|MacKenzie||Hugh||50||Labourer||From Achatany -
"This family have been known to me all my life and have usually been in my own & my brothers service."
|MacNaughton||Ewen||28||Labourer||From Glenevis - Servants to Captain Campbell|
|McQuarrie||Donald||54||Labourer||From Borline -
"Recommended by Hugh MacAskil Esq of Tallasker in which family McQuarrie has ever been - Tallasker is to pay for the children."
|Rachael||27||Housemaid & Cook|
|Mary||7||Grandchild of Donald McQuarrie|
|Isabella||3||Grandchild of Donald McQuarrie|
|John||3||Grandchild of Donald McQuarrie|
|Margaret||Infant||Born at sea|
|Morrison||Hugh||50||Shepherd||From Kenlochuline -
"Recommended by his late Master Mr McLachlan Laudale and his parish Minister."
John Cameron and Janet Cameron (Nee McGregor) emigrated to New Zealand with their children; John ,Angus, Charles, Duncan, Allan, Ann, Archibald, Dugald and Marjory. They moved to Kaiwarawara, which must be near Wellington. Later they moved to the Turakina Area, near Wanganui. John died in 1881, allegedly aged 100. If this is true he must have lied about his age on the passenger list. ( Latest research points to his age at death as 90 years old) Apparently this was not unheard of for prospective migrants to lie about their age. They must have been good Christians judging from a memorial found inside the church in Turakina, "To the glory of God and in the memory of John and Jeanet Cameron our great grandparents. The first service to be held in the parish held outside their residence 15 December 1852." A number of researchers have been working on this family and the tree is growing by the day. Please feel to contact me if you think you may be related [email protected] The Cameron Clan New Zealand website http://camclan.orcon.net.nz/ has good information on the Camerons including a shipboard diary written by a passenger aboard the Blenheim.
Alexander Cleghorn McLachlan married Mary Argyle Naysmith (who arrived with her family on board the Duchess of Argyle) on August 13th 1861 at Stapleton Registry Office, Coromandel, New Zealand. Alexander was born on July 2nd 1828 at Fort William, Inverness Scotland. Along with his parents, Dugald McLachlan and Mary Ann Abercrombie Cleghorn, he came to New Zealand on this sailing of Blenheim. In all Alexander and Mary were to have nine children; Richard Louis (10th March 1862), Henry Alexander (17th July 1865), Annie Catherine (28th may 1868), John James (19th March 1870), Elizabeth Mary (6th February 1873), Janet Isabella (28th April 1875), Mary Christina (30th July 1876), Margarita Ewena (11th December 1879) and Janet Scott (5th October 1882). If you have a connection with this family please contact Col Dundon at [email protected]
Copyright Denise & Peter 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Archives New Zealand NZC 34/1 p204
Stirling Observer September 3rd 1840