While visiting Beaufort West I learned a bit more about my husband’s family history.
Beaufort West was built on the farm “Hooyvlakte” of Abraham le Clercq or De Clerq and his son Jacob. He was a French Huguenot who came to South Africa in the late 17th century. My husband’s surname (and now also mine) is De Klerk. This is the Afrikaans form of “Le Clercq” and Abraham le Clercq was the founding father of the De Klerk family in South Africa.
Abraham sold the farm and in 1818 the town Beaufort was proclaimed. Lord Charles Somerset named the town “Beaufort” after his father, the 5th Duke of Beaufort. It was renamed to Beaufort West in 1869 to avoid confusion with other towns also named after the Duke of Beaufort (Like Fort Beaufort)
|Memorial for Rev Fraser|
The building became to small in 1892 building started on a new church. Scottish architect James Bisset designed the current church. Some parts of the original church were incorporated in the new church. The new building was consecrated on 22 September 1984.