William Duckitt [the younger]
William Duckitt [the younger] (1768-1825), agriculturalist. The son of William Duckitt the elder. Henry Dundas, the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies sent the younger William Duckitt to the South African Cape to introduce his father's agricultural methods and tools to the Boer farmers, whose outmoded techniques were unable to supply the rapidly growing population. He set sail on 23rd May 1800 and arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 11th September 1800, never to return to Esher. He took with him his wife Mary [Whitbread] and two sons William and Frederick. A third son Charles was born at the Cape in 1808, making the Duckitt family amongst the first English settlers in South Africa. William Duckitt leased a farm in Klaver Valley in the Darling district in 1813, acquiring full ownership in 1815. William Duckitt played an important role in the development of the Cape. His descendants served in the Cape Parliament, and his granddaughter Hildagonda became a well-known cookery writer, known as South Africa's Mrs. Beeton. William and Mary were buried on Klaver Valley farm. The Duckitt family was also involved with wild flower conservation.