John Mactaggart

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John Mactaggart
Born Campbelltown, Scotland
Died September 1914
Cape Clear, Victoria
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Publican
Years active 1879-1914
Known for Cape Clear Hotel
Home town Cape Clear
Children Charles

John A. Mactaggert was a publican at Cape Clear, Victoria, <1879-1914.

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John Mactaggert was born in Campbelltown, Scotland, the son of Dr. Charles Rowatt Mactaggart.[1] He arrived in Victoria in 1840. From at least December 1879 until his death in September 1914, he was the publican of the Cape Clear Hotel, at Cape Clear.[2][3][1]

His daughter was married in January 1898, with the reception probably held at the hotel:

At Cape Clear on Monday last Miss E. Mactaggart, second daughter of Mr J. A. Mactaggart, of the Cape Clear hotel, was married to Mr C. Dunn, of Lismore. The Rev. G. H. Hay, Presbyterian minister of Rokewood, officiated. The bride, who was attired in a pretty dress of grey silk, trimmed with chiffon and ribbon to match, and wore the usual wreath and veil, was given away by her father. She was attended by two bridesmaids—Miss Helen Mactaggart and Miss E. Hoare (sister and niece of the bride), both of whom wore pretty costumes of white and blue. Mr Robert M'Kay, of lllabarook, acted as best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony the party sat down to a most sumptuous wedding breakfast, provided by the bride’s parents. The Rev. G. H. Hay presided, and proposed the toast of “The Bride and Bridegroom.” Other toasts having been honored, Mr and Mrs Dunn left amid the hearty congratulations and good wishes of all present to spend their holiday in the Western district. The presents to the bride were numerous and most valuable.[4]

His wife died in September 1908:

OBITUARY. The death occurred last week of Mrs Mactaggart, wife of Mr J. A. Mactaggart of the Cape Clear Hotel. Deceased arrived in Victoria early in 1855, and resided in the Rokewood district ever since. She was highly respected throughout the district, and would have celebrated her golden wedding in four months' time. She was 68 years old, and leaves a husband, four sons and four daughters to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Friday, and was largely attended the remains being interred in the Pitfield Cemetery. Four sons of deceased, Charles, Thomas, John Alex, and Watson MacTaggart. acted as coffin-bearers, and the pall-bearers were Messrs A. Hoare, J. Porteous, C. .Bunn, T. Scott, P. Nelson, R. Kennedy. The Rev. S. Honnibal read the service at the house and grave, and Mr James Nelson, of. Linton, conducted the funeral arrangements.[5]

He died at the hotel in September 1914:

DEATH OF PIONEER. After a long illness Mr John A. Mactaggart, proprietor of the Cape Clear hotel, died on Saturday at the advanced age of 80 years. The deceased, who was a son of Dr Charles Rowatt Mactaggart, of Campelltown, Scotland, arrived in Victoria in the year 1840, and was thus a colonist of 65 years. He was for some years a member of the Grenville Shire Council, and occupied the president's chair. His wife predeceased him six years ago. He leaves a grown-up family of four sons and four daughters. The funeral, which took place on Monday at the Pitfield cemetery, was very largely attended. The coffin-bearers were four sons of deceased, Messrs Charles, Thomas, Alexander, and Watson Mactaggart; and the pall-bearers were Messrs. A. T. Hoare, J. Porteous (sons-in-law), T. Scott, J. Dean, J. Inglis, R. Kennedy, D. Hughes, P. Nelson. Rev. M. M'Queen conducted the service at the house and the grave.[1]

After his death, hotel was offered for sale in December 1914:

Cape Clear Hotel To Be Sold. On Monday next Dalgety and Co. will submit by public auction, as a going concern, the well known old-established hotel at Cape Clear, to wind up the estate of the late Mr J. A. Mactaggart. Over 20 acres of land are attached to the hotel. The hotel contains 21 rooms, stabling, etc., and is prominently situated on the main Ballarat road, at the junction of the Cressy, Lismore, Rokewood, and Linton roads, and is the principal commercial and accommodation house for a large district. The sale is timed to start at 3 o'clock.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1914 'CAPE CLEAR.', Berringa Herald (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 26 September, p. 3. , viewed 04 Sep 2017,
  2. 1879 'PIGGOREET LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 December, p. 4, viewed 7 December, 2015,
  3. 1881 'TOWN COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 Jul 2016,
  4. 1898 'SOCIAL NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 January, p. 4. , viewed 05 Sep 2017,
  5. 1908 'OBITUARY', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 September, p. 1. , viewed 04 Sep 2017,
  6. 1914 'Cape Clear Hotel To Be Sold.', Pitfield Banner and Hollybush Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 19 December, p. 2. , viewed 04 Sep 2017,

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