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White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885

Another Scots Party

Another Scots Party.

Thoroughly English as the New Zealand Company was in its foundation and organisation, its leaders well knew the value of the Scot as a pioneer, so it is not surprising to find a second ship being put on to sail from the Clyde. It will be remembered that the Bengal Merchant had brought out a number of Scottish people the previous year. This second boat was the ship Blenheim, 378 tons, Captain John Grey. She brought out 197 people, under the leadership of Laird Donald McDonald. This gentleman was a large landholder in the colony, and nearly the whole body of emigrants were composed of his own and neighbouring clans, near Fort William, Inverness-shire. They were, strictly speaking, the first territorial party of Scottish people to settle in New Zealand. Sailing from the Clyde on August 25th, 1840, the Blenheim made the passage in 120 days, arriving on December 27th. Kaiwarra, or Kaiwarawhara, to give the place its proper name, was the spot chosen for the disembarkation of this party, and as some of them continued to reside there, it became known as the "Scotch Settlement."