William Pirie

M, #1467, b. 28 July 1853, d. 28 January 1944
     William Pirie was born on 28 July 1853 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of William Pirie and Jane Gray. William Pirie was baptized on 1 October 1853 at Parish of Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.1 His family was known by the tee-name of "Buxer".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1861 census at 172 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Pirie, head; Jean Pirie, wife; Margaret Pirie, daughter; Isabella Pirie, daughter; Elizabeth Pirie, daughter; William Pirie, son; John Pirie, son; Jean Pirie, daughter.3
He was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Pirie, head; Jean Pirie, wife; Margt Pirie, daughter; Isabella Pirie, daughter; William Pirie, son; John Pirie, son; Alex Pirie, son; David Pirie, son; Jean Pirie, daughter.4
He married Margaret Wood at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 26 September 1879.5,2
He was listed as head of household in the 1881 census at 22 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Pirie "Buxer", head; Margaret "Buxer", wife.6

He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census at 20 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Pirie, head; Margaret Wood, wife; Catherine Pirie, nephew (sic).7
He was the informant for, and present at, William Pirie's death at 206 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 16 November 1898.8,2
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at 20 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Pirie, head; Margaret Pirie, wife; Catherine Pirie, niece.9
The steam drifter 'Celosia' BF 1056 was built for William Pirie and John Wood in 1908.10,11
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that William Pirie lived at 10 Seaforth Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.12
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that William Pirie owned the steam drifter BF 1056 Celosia.13
William died on 28 January 1944 at 10 Seaforth Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 90.14,15,16 He was buried after 28 January 1944 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.16

Citations

  1. [S944] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "William Pirie, male. Birth: 28 JUL 1853. Christening: 01 OCT 1853 Cullen, Banff, Scotland. Father: William Pirie. Mother: Jane Gray."
  2. [S940] Carolyn Hatt, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Carolyn Hatt of Broadstairs, England.
  3. [S962] 1861, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, son, male, age 7, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, resident at 172 Portknockie."
  4. [S963] 1871, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, son, unmarried, male, age 16, born in Banffshire, Rathven, fisherman, resident in Portknockie."
  5. [S1322] William Pirie to Margaret Wood, Marriage entry, "1879 on the Twenty-Sixth day of September at Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven). After Banns according to the Forms of the Free Church of Scotland. William Pirie, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 25, usual residence 206 Port Knockie, parents William Pirie "Buxer" Fisherman and Jane Pirie M.S. Gray. Maggie Wood, Fisherman's Daughter (Spinster), age 24, usual residence 146 Port Knockie, parents John Wood "Post" Fisherman and Ellen Wood M.S. Sclater. Peter Brown F. Ch. Minister. John Wood Witness. John Wood "Royal" Witness. Registered 1879 September 27th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  6. [S5306] 1881, Scottish Census, "William Pirie "Buxer", head, married, male, age 26, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 22 Portknockie."
  7. [S1348] 1891, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, head, married, male, age 37, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, working on own account, resident at 20 Portknockie, has 4 rooms with one or more windows."
  8. [S957] William Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "William Pirie, Fisherman (Married to Jane Gray), died 1898, November Sixteenth 4h 0m A.M. at 206 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 71 years, Father: John Pirie Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Elizabeth (sic) Pirie M.S. Harper (Deceased), Cause of death: Acute Bronchitis, 4 days, Congestion of Brain, 1 day, as Cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M., Informant: William Pirie, Son, No. 20 Portknockie (Present), Registered: 1898, November 16th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
    Note: A check of the IGI supports the assertion that the given name of William Pirie's mother was incorrectly recorded. There is no record in the IGI of a marriage between an Elizabeth Harper and a Pirie, whilst there is a record of the marriage between Isabella Harper and John Pirie.
  9. [S1349] 1901, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, head, married, male, age 46, born in Rathven, fisherman, works on own account, resident at 20 Portknockie, has 5 rooms with one or more windows."
  10. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 1056 CELOSIA
    Built 1908 of steel by Smith's Dock Shipbuilding Company of North Shields (Yard Number 376) for W. Pirie (Weldy Buxer), J. Wood & others and registered in Banff (BF 1056).
    Dimensions:- 87 GRT. Length 82.60 ft., Breadth 18.30 ft., Depth 8.70 ft.
    16 inch compound engine by Shields Engineering Company. 37 hp.
    Requisitioned for war service 1914 to 1920 (Pennant Number 2169) as an anti submarine net vessel fitted with a 3 pdr. gun.
    6 April 1938 sold for scrap."
  11. [S6122] John Wood, Carolyn Hatt and Helen Graves Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by John Wood of Findochty, Moray, Scotland.
  12. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 77: PORTKNOCKIE, "Pirie, William, 10 Seaforth Street", page 113: PORTKNOCKIE, SEAFORTH STREET, "10, Wm. Pirie, jun, "Boxer" (sic)."
  13. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 133: PORTKNOCKIE STEAMERS AND DRIFTERS, "BF 1056, 29 Tons, Boat's Name: Celosia, Owner's Name and Address: W. Pirie and others, 10 Seaforth Street."
  14. [S2464] William Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "William Pirie, Fisherman Retired (Widower of Margaret Wood), died 1944, January Twenty-eighth 11h 20m P.M. at 10 Seaforth Street, Portknockie, Male, 90 years, Father: William Pirie Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Jane Pirie M.S. Gray (Deceased), Cause of death: Senility, as cert. by:- J.C. Wood M.B. Ch.B., Informant: John W. Campbell, Friend (Present), Registered: 1944, January 29th at Portknockie, William Falconer Registrar."
  15. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  16. [S1327] Margaret Pirie (née Wood) and Catharine Wood (née Pirie) William Pirie, Monumental inscription, "In loving memory of WILLIAM PIRIE who died 29th January 1944 aged 90 years and his wife MARGARET WOOD who died 6th March 1939 aged 84 years Also CATHERINE WOOD MS PIRIE who died December 1921 (sic) aged 37 ASLEEP IN JESUS."