Alexander Wood

M, #1317, b. 13 October 1837, d. 22 November 1887
     Alexander Wood was born on 13 October 1837 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of George Wood and Margaret Mair. Alexander Wood was baptized on 19 October 1837 at Parish of Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.1 His family was known by the tee-name of "King".
He was listed as a member of the household in the 1841 census at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Margaret Wood, 25; Alexr Wood, 3; James Wood, 2; Katherine Mair, 20.2

He was listed as head of household's son in the 1851 census at Pulteney Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: George Wood, head; Margret Wood, wife; Allexr Wood, son; James Wood, son; Caithren Wood, daughter; George Wood, son; William Wood, son; James Mair, brother-in-law.3
He was a fisherman. He was the skipper of the Zulu fishing boat 'Maggie King.' He was the informant for, and present at, George Wood's death at 208 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 14 January 1858.4 He married Jane Gardiner at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 23 October 1863.5,6 Alexander Wood witnessed the birth of John Wood on 27 March 1871 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.7,8,1
He was listed as head of household in the 1871 census at 208 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Alexander Wood, head; Jane Wood, wife; Margaret A Wood, daughter; George Wood, son; John Wood, son; Margret Wood, mother; David Wood, brother; Jane Pirie, mother-in-law.9
Alexander died on 22 November 1887 at sea, off Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 50. He perished with the Portknockie Zulu fishing boat 'Maggie King' that foundered 2½ miles off Portknockie harbour. The entire crew were lost. They were Alexander Wood "King" (skipper), Alexander Pirie "Buxer", William Pirie "John", James McIntosh and John McIntosh (owner). The body of John McIntosh was the only one recovered.10,1

Children of Alexander Wood and Jane Gardiner


  1. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  2. [S5758] 1841, Scottish Census, "Alexr Wood, male, age 3, born in county, resident in Portknockie."
  3. [S5757] 1851, Scottish Census, "Allexr Wood, son, unmarried, male, age 14, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident in Pultny Street."
  4. [S1773] George Wood, 1858 Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "George Wood, Fisherman (Married), died 1858, January Fourteenth 6h 30m P.M. at 208 Portknockie, Rathven, Male, 47 years, Father: Alexander Wood Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Hellen Wood Maiden Name Pirie (Deceased), Cause of death: Ulceration of his Lungs, several months, as certified by Hugh Sharp, surgeon who saw deceased January 13th, Burial Place: Old Churchyard, Cullen, as certified by James Eddie, Sexton, Informant: Alexander Wood, Son, Present, Registered: 1858, January 15th at Portknockie, Jas Cumming Registrar."
  5. [S2023] Alexander Wood to Jane Gardiner, Marriage entry, "1863 on the Twenty-third day of October at Seafield Church. After Banns, according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. Alexander Wood, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 25, usual residence Portknockie, parents George Wood Fisherman (Deceased) and Margaret Wood M.S. Mair. Jane Gardiner, George Wood Witness, George Wood Witness, (Spinster), age 22, usual residence Cullen, parents John Gardiner Fisherman (Deceased) and Jane Gardiner M.S. Pirie. George Henderson Par. Minr. Cullen. George Wood Witness. George Wood Witness. Registered 1863 Oct: 24th at Portknockie, Jas Cumming Registrar."
  6. [S896] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "Alexander Wood, male. Spouse: Jane Gardiner. Marriage: 23 OCT 1863, Seafield, Banff, Scotland."
  7. [S900] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Wood, male. Birth: 27 MAR 1871 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: Alexander Wood. Mother: Jane Gardiner."
  8. [S4341] John Wood "King", Gravestone inscription data, "NM170316, John "King" Wood, 27 MAR 1871 to 17 JAN 1905. Occupation : Fisherman. Date of Birth : 27 MAR 1871. Spouse's Name : Helen Mair. Date of Marriage : 28 NOV 1895. Place of Marriage : Seafield Church Portknockie. Headstone Ref : H222. Date of Death : 17 JAN 1905. Place of Death : At sea off Orkney."
  9. [S5755] 1871, Scottish Census, "Alexander Wood, head, married, male, age 33, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 208 Portknockie."
  10. [S929] Alexander Wood, Statutory Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "See Reg. of Cor. Ents., Vol. 1, p.43, December 21st 1887. Alexander Wood, Fisherman (Married to Jane Gardiner), died 1887 November Twenty-second, at 3h 30m P.M. About 2½ miles off Portknockie Harbour, Domicil Portknockie Seafield (Rathven), Male, 50 years. Father: George Wood, Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Margaret Wood M.S. Mair. Cause of death: Drowning By Boat Foundering. Informant: George Wood, Brother. Registered: 1887, November 29th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."