The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Mr. John Begg
Mr. John Begg was born in the year 1815, at North Esk, Forfarshire, and was the son of the late Mr. William Begg, sheep-farmer, and brother of the late Mr. Charles Begg, the well-known music importer of Dunedin. He was educated in Aberdeenshire, brought up to farming, and for six or seven years before leaving his native land, was manager of a cooperative store; but the store having been profitably sold, he emigrated to Victoria, in 1852, and engaged in mining at Ballarat and Forest Creek. In 1885 he came to New Zealand, landing in Wellington soon after the great earthquake. A few weeks later he removed to Napier, where he took up some town and country sections. At the time of the Maori war Mr. Begg took part with the volunteers under Captain Buchanan, and also served in the Militia. He married the daughter of Mr. John Herd, of Cults, Aberdeenshire, in 1850, and left a family of two daughters. Mr. Begg died in Napier on the 15th of July, 1902.
The Late Mr. J. Begg.