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John Reid


Elaine Will Bentley
(nee Greig)

Updated: 14 October 2009
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In 1871 John Reid Greig arrived at East London aboard a sailing ship as a Scottish settler. He was an engineer, aged 19 years.

While on the voyage out, he met an Irish woman named Maria Egan, whom he married on 12 June 1872. Since she was only 16 years of age and he 20, and since one was Protestant and the other Catholic, both families disowned them.

They lived in South Street, East London.

Greig was instrumental in the completion of the Panmure Convict Station at East London. Using convict labour, he also built the walkways either side the Buffalo River, as they were widening the harbour to allow larger ships to enter. He also developed other parts of South Africa with bridges, etc.

He eventually retired from the Port Elizabeth Harbour Board in May 1898, and not long after went to live in Scotstoun (Darnley Avenue), Glasgow, till approximately 1917, when he returned to live in Port Elizabeth.

He had a son, John Andrew Greig.

John Greig died at Port Elizabeth in 1934.

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