Many Scots helped build the Main Rail Line from Port Natal to the Reef in
the late 1800's. The Natal Govt Railways, for whom most of them worked, also
built a branch line from Ladysmith into the Free State. This may explain why
there are some farms or places with distinctly Scottish names in that
Two farms that are of interest to me are Stratherrick and Glen Urquhart. I
have exhausted the Internet and am now hoping that someone who has one of
those old SA Place Name books could please do a look up to see if there is
Alternatively, someone may just know who gave these two farms their names
and if there is any history available?
I realise that a trace of the property transfers records at the Deeds Office
is also a solution. However, I am not based in the province (and it is
usually a very time consuming process).
Dave Long, Cape Town
Researching: LONG, MURPHY, GRANT, BRAITHWAITE, HUNTER