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(Descendants of John Borthwick & Elizabeth Dinwoodie of Scotland)



Many Borthwick spouses have family histories which provide fascinating windows into the worlds of our ancestors. We have located more than 2000 descendants of John Borthwick and Elizabeth Dinwoodie now so there are hundreds of spouse surnames. Descendants have been found in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and the USA.

This page has been created to share some of the histories and stories of those families. It is quite an undertaking so seems to be always "in progress", with partly completed stories and lists of names. Those names for which information has been gathered have clickable links (they will be coloured blue unless you have changed the settings on your computer).

If you belong to one of these families & would like to share some of your family history, or perhaps just link to this page, please email me.


Adams - Amey - Andrews - Ansell - Austin - Baker - Bambrick - Bampton - Baumgart - Bayly - Baynes - Beale - Beck - Bell - Bertram - Bird - Blaik - Blackburn - Blomfield - Blood(s)worth - Boisen - Bowler - Brady - Braithwaite - Bridger - Brown - Broun - Bryant - Bull - Butler - Byrnes - Cameron - Carroll - Carsburg - Carson - Chandler - Chapman - Chisholm - Clift - Coleman - Collins - Cook - Cooper - DeBakker - Cousens - Crabbe - Crossing - Cruickshank - Daisey - Dale - Dalton - Darley - Daunt - Davis - Donaldson - Dowe - Doyle - Earl - Edwards - Emmanuel - Erickson - Evans - Erratt - Fagan - Farlay - Farquharson - Farrar - Feldham - Fenwick - Fenwicke - Ferris - Fitzpatrick - Flack - Fletcher - Frith - Garling - Giles - Gill - Glasson - Greenfield - Greig - Grimshaw - Groth - Hambrett - Harbeck - Harris - Hayashi - Hayes - Hayles - Haylock - Hedges - Heinrichs - Hepburn - Hodgson - Horsburgh - Hufton - Hyde - Ipsen - Irvine - Jardine - Johnston - Laycock - Kajiweski - Kemp - King - Lambart - Lamph - Leah - Lenske - Lenton - Leutchford - Liffen - Locke - Lucock - Lynch - Lynn - Macfarlane - Mahony - Mailer - Mandelkow - Mansfield - Martin - Mayo - McAuley - McCann - Mccosh - McDonald - McGrath - Mcindoe - McLachlan - Mclennan - McVicar - Minehan - Mitchell - Mogg - Moore - Morello - Moreton - Muller - Neilson - Nichol - O'Carroll - O'Meara - Parker - Pennell - Plumb - Potts - Raike - RobertsonCunninghame - Rae - Reay - Relyea - Rose - Rothe - Rutledge - Santos - Schmierer - Scott - Sedgwick - Sellars - Sewell - Sevil - Shepherd - Singleton - Skuthorpe - Smith - Smythe - Stanovic - Stephan - Stewart - Stokes - Suchting - Sweeney - Tainton - Tapscott - Thearle - Tibbits - Turner - Turton - Upton - Vaughan - Vyner - Wales - Wauch - Warke - Weber - Whettam - White - Wieland - Williams - Williamson - Willimott - Wilson - Windeyer - Wiseman - Woods - Yackmennikova - Yarad -Young




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Aside from the list below, other spouse surnames that I hope to include here when time permits are set out in the lists above.

If you know about any of the families that are connected with the Borthwicks and would like to have me include or amend information on this page please email me as I'd be more than happy to improve these very brief histories.









"Thomas Valentine Blomfield entered the Army as an ensign in the 48th (or Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot on 8 June 1809 & was promoted to lieutenant on 17 June 1811. He served in the Peninsular War, was awarded the Military General Service Medal with eight clasps & arrived in Sydney on 3 August 1817 with a detachment of his regiment ordered for service in New South Wales. After continuing in the Army for six more years, he retired as a captain & settled on a grant of 2,000 acres on the Hunter River made to him on 21 April 1825 which he called. "Dagworth", later moving to "Denham Court", near Liverpool. (from Mowles, Pioneer Families of Australia). TV Blomfield's great-grandson, Dick Blomfield, married Betsy Leah (Tony) Borthwick in 1940.


Among the convicts of the First Fleet was a man called James Bloodsworth, an English brickmaker who made use of the brickmaking equipment brought on the voyage and became the colony's first brick maker. Following the discovery of a suitable clay soon after settlement, brickmaking was begun, using equipment brought out with the First Fleet. James Bloodsworth was an experienced brickmaker who, in addition to bricks, at the same plant burned clay roof tiles, which gave "greatly improved water tightness, durability and dignity of the burgeoning public buildings". A descendant of James Bloodsworth, George William Bloodsworth, married Ada Borthwick in 1893. His family had become successful graziers in the Coonamble District.

By the time George and his wife Ada died both appear to have adopted the name Bloodworth, without the 's'.

Some References:







Sarah Elizabeth (Mina) Bridger, daughter of John Bridger and Annie Moore, married Thomas Paterson Borthwick III in 1892 at Gum Flat, near Inverell, NSW. A John Bridger seems to have been official or unofficial "undertaker" at Bingara in the early 1900s. For example, he was undertaker for Charles Bull of Cooringoora on 1 June 1902. Was this Mina Bridger's father?


Ayesha Annie Cameron Borthwick, daughter of Will and Maud Borthwick of Walcha, NSW, married Keith Sigismund Brown in March 1916, just before he went off to war. His grandfather, Dr Walter Brown, of Brislington, Somerset, England had moved to Australia in 1857, having travelled here a number of times as a ship's doctor. Dr Walter Brown married Sigismunda Brown (also Broun) of Colstoun, Upper Paterson. They settled in an historic house in Parramatta, which they named "Brislington", and for 92 years three generations of doctors practiced there. K S M Brown's mother was Margaret Isabella MacArthur, daughter of George Fairfowl MacArthur and granddaughter of Hannibal MacArthur and Anna Maria King, very early settlers in the Colony. See the Brown pages of this site for more information on these families.



Over a period of ?? years three Borthwicks married three Bull girls, descendants of Charles & Emma Bull of "Cooringoorah" near Bingara. Charles Bull is believed by his descendants to have come out to Australia when he was 19 years old, on the same ship as the Borthwicks.This was at a time when the Australian government sent out an SOS to Britain for experienced farmers. Charles was supposed to come on one ship but missed it and had to catch another one. However he has not yet been found on the passenger lists for the "Lady East" which arrived in Hobart, Tasmania in 1833 carrying the Borthwick family.
Charles Bull was a very early squatter on the Liverpool Plains where he formed Pullaming Station, and on the MacIntyre where he marked out Coppymurrumbilla, near Boggabilla. He was employed by John Brown and his brother-in-law Edward Alcorn, both of Singleton. From 1843 Charles Bull, with William Borthwick, managed Elsmore Station for Brown and Alcorn

For a larger photograph of Charles and Emma Bull, shared by descendant Margie Rankin, click on this small one.

Some References:
Elizabeth Wiedemann, World of Its Own, Inverell Shire Council and Devill Publicity, 1981.




John BYRNES was a shopkeeper and the first Mayor of Bingara, NSW. He married Matilda BULL, daughter of Charles & Emily BULL of "Cooringoorah", Bingara. ? yrs later his daughter Ethel Byrnes, married Arthur Edwin Harold BORTHWICK, son of William Murray Borthwick and Anne Cameron.


Anne Cameron, wife of WM Borthwick II, was a granddaughter of Mr Donald Cameron, from Ardna Murchan, Argyleshire, Scotland, According to his obituary Donald Cameron was over 60 yrs old when he emigrated with his family to this colony, per ship "Brilliant" which sailed from Tobermory, in the Isle of Mull, in the year 1838, being ninety years of age when he died. He had been twice married, and was the father of fifteen children, some of whom also were married, when he brought them out with him, and eleven were still alive in the colony. Besides these sons and daughters, he had sixty-six grandchildren, and fifty-five great grandchildren, with a total of a hundred and six living descendants when he died!
Anne Cameron's obituary states that her father, Mr John Cameron assisted Mr Anderson in the management of his station Newstead Inverell. He died in 1873 on falling from a horse at Uralla, near Armidale, NSW.
Some References:


Samuel Clift was a convict who arrived 5/5/1818 on the "Neptune. He became an early settler & hotelier in the Hunter Valley & also settled "Breeza Station". His daughter Ann married John Borthwick, the 2nd son of WM Borthwick, Snr. They lived in Maitland where John was an hotelier & their children were all born & baptised there. There are memorials to John, Anne & the Clift family in St Peters Church at Maitland (below).

Lindsay Dunn, 2000








On 20 June 1844 Elizabeth Borthwick of Scone, spinster and elder daughter of the first William Murray Borthwick and his wife Helen Paterson, married Michael "Deasy" of Scone, bachelor, at St Luke's Church of England, Scone. His descendants understand that Michael Daisy came to Australia in 1834 and that the Daisy family originally came from Sutherland in Scotland and moved to Ireland. We don't yet know, however, what ship Michael Daisey arrived on or what he did when he first embarked in this country. It is said that Michael Daisy acquired pastoral experience in the Maitland area before acquiring two runs in the New England area of NSW. There is another page on this site for Elizabeth Borthwick and Michael Daisy and their descendants.


Gertrude Darley's great-uncle, Sir Frederick Matthew Darley, was the sixth Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court, from 29 November 1886 to 4 January 1910. Born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College Dublin he married Lucy Forrest Browne, sister of Thomas Alexander Browne of "Rolfe Boldrewood" fame. After their marriage they decided to move to Australia and Frederick Darley was admitted to the NSW Bar in June 1862. He became a Member of the Legislative Council & then in 1896, Chief Justice. He was Lieutenant-Governor and Administrator of NSW and was so popular that his permanent appointment as Governor was widely supported. He was awarded many honours but returned to the British Isles and died in London on 4 January 1904. Gertrude Darley was the wife of Kenneth Guy Borthwick, a great-grandson of William Murray Borthwick and Helen Paterson.


One Borthwick descendant married a descendant of Edward Stephen Daunt and Sarah Gertrude Whelan. The genealogy of Daunt, formerly of Tracton Abbey, is published in Burke's The Landed Gentry of Ireland, and is traced back to 1380. Some of the earliest recorded members of the family lived in Gloucester and Somerset, England. John Daunt, son of Nicholas Daunt and Alice, "having espoused the Lancastrian side in the wars of the Roses, was called on by Prince Edward, son of Henry VI, and the Marquuis of Anjou, to aid the house of Lancaster in resisting Edward."


Two descendants of George Hope Erratt & Susannah Margaret Lee married Borthwick descendants, one in 1913 & one in 1965. Their ancestor George Hope Erratt "opened a small store in Walcha, NSW in 1849 which operated as Erratt & Co General Merchants until 1967. The Erratt family ran the first post office and bank branch (Bank of New South Wales) in Walcha, and were insurance agents and trustees for many of the local landholders. George Hope Erratt's son, Charles Hope Erratt, owned gold, manganese and tin mines in the area." (NLA Genealogical Sources.)


Honora Fagan, who married Murray Paterson Borthwick in 1942, was a granddaughter of the Fagans who bought "Noraway" near Coonamble, in 1863. On her mother's side she was descended from a McCullough who had been the first Mayor of Coonamble. The family came from the North of Ireland where he had been involved in the Royal Ulster Constabulary.


In 1902 Angusina Fletcher Borthwick married Cecil Gordon Farqharson. Two of Cecil's brothers went to the Northern Territory with Matt Buchanan. They were droving at first & later bought the property "Inverway", which they lived on until they died. Both were in their nineties. Matt Buchanan was the first European to cross the Barkly Tablelands from east to west and first to take a large herd of breeding cattle from Queensland to the Top End of the Northern Territory. By all accounts he was an outstanding explorer. He was also the first to cross the Tanami Desert from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Sturt Creek in Western Australia. Matt Buchanan married Cecil Farquharson's aunt, Kate Gordon, who was his mother Jessie Christina Gordon's sister.

Some References:
In the Tracks of Old Bluey, by Bobbie Buchanan.
In the Middle of Nowhere, by Terry Underwood


Peter Fleming (c.1816-1894) arrived in Newcastle, NSW around 1838. It is believed that he was born in Paisley, Scotland, the son of John and Helen Fleming. He married Mary Cameron, who was the aunt of Ann Borthwick, William Murray Borthwick II's wife. In 1880 the Fleming's youngest daughter, Ellen, married Donald Fletcher, nephew of WMB II and Anne Cameron, at "Linwood Cottage", Newcastle, NSW. The Municipality of Wickham was constituted on 25 Feb 1871 (one of the first separate municipalities outside Newcastle) and Peter Fleming was one of those elected to the council. The Wickham and Bullock Island Coal Company was formed in Sydney in the year 1879 for the purpose of mining coal from two leaseholds - one being the property of Mr Peter Fleming, and the other belonging to the Government.


In 1850 Jane Borthwick, youngest daughter of William Murray Borthwick and Helen Paterson, of Auburn Vale, near Inverell, was married by licence to Angus Fletcher, bachelor of "Byron". Angus had been born near Glenorchy and Inishail, Argyllshire, Scotland, in 1814, son of Donald Fletcher (1809-1873) & Janet McNaughton (1811-1855. Angus and his bother Colin both arrived in Australia on 28 February 1839, on the ship "Heber". Angus was for 30 years manager of "Byron Station", also known as "Byron Plains Station", near Inverell. He also settled "Balagula" Stationa near Coonamble, NSW but died soon afterwards and the place was carried on by his son Donald. Fletcher's Seat, near Inverell, was apparently named after Angus Fletcher.

Angus Fletcher


In 1911 in Tamworth NSW, Mary Cameron Fletcher, daughter of Donald Fletcher and Ellen Fleming, married Gerald Garling. Gerald was a great-grandson of Frederick Garling and Elizabeth Spratt. Frederick Garling had arrived in Australia in 1815 and was very prominent in the founding of NSW. He was a solicitor, founder of the Bank of NSW and also occupied the position of Surveyor General. The Wollongong University website states that his son Frederick Garling was an artist and customs officer at Sydney harbour, especially proficient in marine painting and most famous for this. He is said to have painted every boat to have entered Port Jackson over a period of forty years. The site of the Observer Hotel, 67-69 George Street Sydney was the home of Frederick Garling in the 1820s.

 GILL (Sussex)



Eleanor Frances (Molly) Borthwick, married Alexander Sydney Gill in Walcha in 1914. Alex's Gill family came from Hastings in England. It is possible that they knew Henry Dangar in England and hence decided to come to Australia. The first member of the family in Australia was a school teacher. Alex Gill's father, John Gill, was manager/bookkeeper at "Gostwyck" near Armidale. Later he bought a wool scouring business. He had married Anna Maria Perry of Bendemeer and the family stayed in the New England District.




In 1902 Minnie Madeleine Jardine married Frank Mayo Borthwick, son of Thomas Paterson Borthwick & Catherine Elizabeth Amelia Mayo, at "Blair Athol" near Inverell. Minnie Jardine's grandfather James Jardine had been born in 1801 in Larriston, Newcastleton, Liddesdale, Scotland (address to be checked). He and his wife, Helen Irving, from Roxburgh in Scotland, arrived in Australia on 30 September 1839 on the "Royal Admiral", with four small children. They were Bounty passengers and James was described as an overseer. It is not known who he overseered for. The family lived in the Fitzgerald Valley, or Fitzgerald's Swamp, near Bathurst, NSW & must have acquired their own land. This place was also known as Mt Pleasant or Jardine's Swamp! Seven more children, including Minnie's father John Thomas Jardine, were born over the next 20 years. Minnie's father John Thomas Jardine bought "Pinehurst" near Inverell from Frank Lewin in 1889 and changed the name to "Blair Athol". He died there in 1898.


The story of Alexander Johnston's arrival in Australia is a wonderfully romantic one - at least from the safety of a comfortable chair in the year 2000. For Alexander it was probably unjust & traumatic. He was one of the "Scottish Rebels" transported to Australia in 1817 aboard the ?? years later Alexander's granddaughter Maude Mary Alexandra Johnston, married William Murray Borthwick III. Will's grandfather, William Murray Borthwick I (1782-1866), had been a Tory in Scotland so the two old gentlemen with elegant beards had been on opposite sides of Scottish politics.


On 26 December 1895 Justin Laycock, became the spouse of Ada Margaret Ruth Borthwick. He was at that time a grazier of "Terambone Station" Coonamble, NSW. The marriage certificate says he was born at Bingley, West Yorkshire, England but his death cert says Keighly. His parents were (if the informant for his death cert was correct) John Brigg Laycock and Alice Craven. He was Wesleyan Methodist. He became a successful grazier in NSW. Justin and Ada had two sons, William Murray (Bill) and Blakey Borthwick. Both sons were POW in the Philippines and Blakey died there. Both sons died without descendants so I have noone other than cousins to contact about their lives etc. If any reader knows more of this family please email me.




In 1914 Elizabeth Clara (Clara) Daisey, granddaughter of Michael Daisey and Elizabeth Borthwick, married Frank Leutchford in Queensland. Frank was the first of the Leutchford family to come to Australia, in 1910, when he was 26 years old. Very quickly he became one of the largest glass manufacturers in Australia, buying properties in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, a home at Clayfield and also a holiday home on the Gold Coast.








In 1839 Lawrence Potts and his wife Jane, nee Elmhirst, set sail for Australia on the "Kennear" with their four children. Lawrence was an ironmonger and he went into partnership with a man named Baxter at Maitland and opened a General Store. In 1890 Jean Fletcher Borthwick, daughter of William Murray Borthwick and Ann Cameron, married their grandson, Will Potts, a solicitor of Uralla and Narrabri. Jane and Lawrence Potts, who died in 1852 and 1853 respectively, are buried in the same grave in the Campbells Hill Cemetery at Telarah in Maitland NSW.

































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Last Updated: August 2002