Papers relating to the Cargill family of Strathmore

Scope and Content

Genealogical notes on the Cargill family of Strathmore, compiled by Brian R. Cargill in Feb 1981. The notes follow 6 generations of the Cargill family over the period 1780 - 1958, viz.: David (or James) Cargill (c1780 - 1833) and his wife Grace Cameron; James Cargill (1802 - 1861) and his wife Margaret Allen; John Cargill (1829 - c 1903) and his wife Christine Tulloch; James Cargill (1864 - 1928) and his wife Jessie Andrews; Robert A.M. Cargill (1899 - 1958) and his wife Mary L. Paton; and Robert P. Cargill (b 1924) and his wife Catherine O'Brien. Copies of some family photographs (mostly early 20th c) are also appended.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cargill family of Strathmore has been traced back to one David (or James) Cargill, who was born in Brechin, Angus, c 1780. The family name is thought to have originated in Scotland, though links with Ireland in the late eighteenth century have also been established. David (or James) Cargill's (b c 1780) second son, David Cargill (1809 - 1861), is perhaps the most notable of his descendants, having spent most of his adult life as a missionary in Fiji, where he is credited with his co-worker, William Cross, with establishing the Wesleyan Church. A trained linguist, he also wrote the first grammar and dictionary for a Fijian language and supervised the translation of parts of the Bible into Fijian.

Brian Ryder Cargill, who compiled this record was born in Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, on 10 November 1957, the second son of Robert Paton Cargill (b 1924) and his wife, Catherine O'Brien.


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Gifted to the University in Jan 1986, by Diane Cargill (Brian R. Cargill's wife)

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Related Material

A separate collection level description for records of and relating to David Cargill (1809 - 1861), missionary, is available on the Archives Hub. This includes details of his diary, written on his second missionary journey to Tonga, 1 May 1842 - 29 Mar 1843 (GB 231 MS 0911); correspondence relating to him and his family, 1826 - 1881 (GB 231 MS 2566); and portraits of him and his second wife, Augusta (deposited in Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen). Further details are available from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (

Details of records of and relating to David Cargill (1809 - 1861), missionary, held in other repositories are given in The Diaries and Correspondence of David Cargill, 1832 - 1843 , ed. by Albert J. Schutz, Pacific History Series, 16 (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977).


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