Neil PirieOur Pirie Family Website

Our Pirie Family Website




Welcome to the website of Neil Pirie at its new location: www.pirieonline.uk

I live in the county of Hampshire in England, close to the borders with Surrey and West Sussex, and about 25 miles (40 km) from the south coast.


Neil Pirie at workWhat do I do?      Well, I am Civil Servant: Business Manager in the Transformation Division at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in London. I have a background in Programme Management and enabling business change.

You can find out more on my LinkedIn profile.


Neil Pirie in the Wenlock Olympian Half Marathon 2014
In my spare time I run for health and fitness. I may not be the fastest but I hold my own and enjoy participating in races.

You can find out more on my Running page.

For several years I have been helping Bohunt School, Liphook, with their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze and Silver Award expeditions. This prompted me to bag some mountains and generally explore more.

You can see my photos of various trips and expeditions on my Expeditions page.


The Tyne Bridge

On 9th September I took on the
Great North Run
and fundraised for the British Heart Foundation.

Please help the BHF by sponsoring me via my JustGiving page.

British Heart Foundation

Margaret Helen Pirie née Cheyne, with Ian, William and Rachel Pirie

Margaret Helen Pirie née Cheyne, with
Ian, William and Rachel Pirie

Research on our family history was initiated by my brother, Cameron, in 1998; well before the BBC TV series 'Who do you think you are?'  started the national craze for researching your roots.

With plenty of leave to take from work I was able join in and spend time in archives in Scotland and Norfolk searching out documentary evidence.

We've also been contacted by many researching their family history, including a number of cousins who have then made contributions to the site.

Have a look at the Family History pages to see the fruits of many hours of research.

Any comments or suggestions you might have are welcomed.

You can use the 'Contact us' link at the foot of this and other pages, or the 'Neil Pirie' link at the foot of the Family History pages.


What's new

28 Sep 2018

Family History database updates, including family of John Mair "Bids" (b.1827), who perished with the Portknockie fishing boat 'Vigilant', and Jean Innes (b.1826) kindly provided by Keith Innes of Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

18 Sep 2018

Family History database updates, including details of twins Alexander Campbell Sutherland and Ann McKenzie Sutherland (b.1884) kindly provided by Carolyn Hatt of Broadstairs, England.

15 Sep 2018

Running page updated, including photos of the Great North Run, from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, for the British Heart Foundation.

2 Sep 2018

Family History database updates, including details of the steam drifter 'Celosia' BF 1056 co-owned by William Pirie "Buxer" (b. 1853) and John Wood "Post" (b.1858) kindly provided by John Wood of Findochty, Moray, Scotland.

24 Aug 2018

Family History database updates, including information on marriage of Helen Morling née Pirie "Priest" (b.1893) and Alexander Pirie "Priest" (b.1901) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

19 Aug 2018

Family History database updates, including family of James Benjamin William Morling (b. c1892) and Helen Pirie "Priest" (b.1893) kindly provided by Marion Johnston of Aberdeen, Scotland.

10 Aug 2018

Family History database updates, including family of William Mair "Sailor" (b. c1790) and Katharine Innes (b.1781) kindly provided by Keith Innes of Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

26 Jul 2018

Family History database updates, including family of William Innes (b.1751) and Helen Bruce (b.1755) kindly provided by Keith Innes of Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

14 Jul 2018

Family History database updates, including information on William George Mair "Shavie" (b.1889) and Barbara Dickson Gowans (b.1893) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

8 Jul 2018

Running page updated, including photos of the Cheddar Gorge 6k and Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon in Somerset.

7 Jul 2018

Running page updated, including photos of the Shrewsbury Half Marathon in Shropshire.

21 Jun 2018

Family History database updates, including family of George Pirie (b. c1811) and Elspet Priest (b.1811).

3 Jun 2018

Family History database updates, including more information on family of John Mair "Cock" (b.1796) and Ann Strachan (b.1824) kindly provided by Stuart King of Norwich, England, and Bob Mair of Durham, England.

27 May 2018

Family History database updates, including family of Margaret Pirie "Skipper" (b.1865) and Robert Innes (b.1865).

26 May 2018

Running page updated, including photos from the London 10 Mile in Richmond Park, London, and the CSSC Capital Challenge 10k in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

25 May 2018

Family History database updates, including family of William Mair "Cock" (b.1864) and Mary Jessie Rannie Lee (b.1868).

23 May 2018

Family History database updates, including details of the family of Jane Pirie "Buxer" (b.1887) and David Ritchie (b.1884) kindly provided by Kerry Thomson of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

12 May 2018

Family History database updates, including more details of Alexander Pirie "Buxer" (b.1844) and Jessie Cowie (b.c1846), and of Jane Pirie "Buxer" (b.1887) and David Ritchie (b.1884).

3 May 2018

Family History database updates, including details of Jane Pirie "Buxer" (b.1887) and husband David Ritchie (b.1884) kindly provided by Kerry Thomson of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

28 Apr 2018

Gallery page updated with photos from sightseeing in Paris.

25 Apr 2018

Family History database updates, including the fate of William Mair "Shavie" (b.1899) in the sinking of the SS Lisbon Maru in 1942 kindly provided by Norman McKay of Havant, England.

16 Apr 2018

Running page updated, including photos from the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon.

30 Mar 2018

Family History database updates, including photo of new (2016) monument in Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, to Alexander Pirie (1884-1940), Rhoda Pirie (1907-1909), John Pirie (1910-1910), Margaret Pirie née Mair (1883-1922), Margaret Helen Pirie née Cheyne (1888-1943), Margaret Pirie (1914-1961) and James Clarence Alexander Pirie (1922-1999).

17 Mar 2018

Family History database updates, including family of Ann Pirie (b.c1858) and George Redford (b.c1855).

14 Mar 2018

Family History database updates, including family of John Sutherland (b.1750) and Jean Cormack (b.c1755).

11 Mar 2018

Expeditions page updated to add the belated Great Yarmouth and Peak District Expedition, 2016.

3 Mar 2018

Family History database updates, including family of James Flett "Yankie" (b.1849) and Janet Campbell (b.1849).

1 Mar 2018

Family History database updates, including a new article Buckie and District Directory 1926 for Portknockie.

28 Feb 2018

Family History database updates, including family of George Pirie "Dodie" or "Dodle" (b.1821), skipper of the fishing boat 'Vigilant', and Margaret Mair "Cock" (b.1821).

13 Feb 2018

Running page updated, including photos from the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run.

10 Feb 2018

Our Pirie Family Website migrated to its new location at: www.pirieonline.uk
Please change any shortcuts to this new URL.

18 Jan 2018

Family History database updates, including descendants of Alexander Wood and Ann Runcie who married in 1757, and more details of David Wood "King" (b. c1854) skipper of the 'Evangeline'.

11 Jan 2018

Running page updated, including photo from the Tadworth 10 Mile Race.

26 Dec 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Hogs Back Road Race.

22 Oct 2017

Family History database updates, including more details of David Wood "King" (b. c1854) skipper of the 'Evangeline'.

22 Oct 2017

Family History database updates, including 'Man's Foot Found on the Beach at Cullen' in 1889, concerning Alexander Pirie "Buxer" (b.1863) and Jessie Ann Bruce (b.1862).

7 Dec 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Thanet 10 (Alan Green Memorial 10 Mile) Race.

22 Oct 2017

Family History database updates, including 'Man's Foot Found on the Beach at Cullen' in 1889, concerning Alexander Pirie "Buxer" (b.1863) and Jessie Ann Bruce (b.1862).

10 Oct 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon.

6 Oct 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon.

10 Sep 2017

Family History database updates, including more family of James Galt (b.1799) and Margaret McIntosh (b.1800), and of Alexander Gardiner Mair "Cock" (b.1894) and Catherine Wood "Doo" (b.1894).

7 Sep 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Kent Coastal Half Marathon.

21 Aug 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Draycote Water 10k.

6 Aug 2017

Family History database updates, including more information on family of James Mair "Shavie" (b.1876) and Beatrice Grant Innes (b.1878) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.


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