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Introduction to Bringans Family Tree document

Written by Stuart Bringans in July 1979 to accompany a Bringans Family Tree produced on typewriter showing the descendants of Alexander Breingan and Janet Mitchell. Note it contains at least one error - the ship was called Pladda and arrived in New Zealand in 1860 with A Bringin, wife and child as passengers as listed in the Otago Witness of July 21 1860.


As far as I know Alexander Bringans came from Alloa, near Stirling and Janet Mitchell from Motherwell, near Glasgow, Scotland. I have the marriage certificate which states they were married at Jerviston in the Parish of Bothwell.

I tried to find Jerviston an discovered that all that remained of what I presume was a village, is a street and square of that name - now completely absorbed into the city of Motherwell. I visited the very old stone Presbyterian Church nearby but unfortunately the Minister was not in the Manse so was unable to check further.

Oddly enough the spelling on the certificate is "Bringans", although I've always known that the name was originally spelt "Breingan". I looked in an Alloa phone book and found the name Breingan. In fact I rang and spoke to one who had no knowledge of New Zealand connections, although oddly enough he had an older brother whose middle name was Mitchell.

I have little knowledge of their life after arriving in New Zealand in the ship "Plada" 1861 with their first born Bethia. They lived at North Taieri where I think all their family was born.

I would be grateful if any member of the family could add to these very "bare bones". Any information, anecdotes or bits they may remember parents or grandparents telling, I'd like to add to this.

Stuart Bringans July 1978



Linked toAlexander Bringans; Bethia Bringans; Stuart Fraser Bringans; Janet Mitchell

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