James Mair

M, #1650, b. 25 February 1839, d. 23 November 1857
     James Mair was born on 25 February 1839 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of James Mair and Catherine Wood. James Mair was baptized on 2 March 1839 at Parish of Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 His family was known by the tee-name of "Shavie". He was a fisherman. James died on 23 November 1857 at sea, off Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 18. He perished with the Portknockie fishing boat 'Tenpence' that foundered off Portsoy during a storm. The entire crew were lost. They were James Mair "Shavie" (skipper), William Mair "Shavie", James Mair "Shavie", James Wood "Park", Alexander Wood "Royal", George Wood "Royal", John Sclater "Hassar", James Wood "Post" and George Pirie "Dod".3,4


  1. [S1136] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "James Mair, male. Birth: 25 FEB 1839. Christening: 02 MAR 1839 Cullen, Banff, Scotland. Father: James Mair. Mother: Catherine Wood."
  2. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  3. [S2393] Storm on the East Coast and Great Loss of Life, Caledonian Mercury, "STORM ON THE EAST COAST, AND GREAT LOSS OF LIFE
    (From our Aberdeen correspondent)
    On Monday morning, a great number of the fishing boats on the coast north of Banff left their stations to proceed to the Dogger Bank, 30 miles distant, to prosecute the fishing for haddocks. They had scarcely reached the fishing-ground when a heavy storm came on with such suddenness as to leave but little hope of their reaching the shore in safety. Great anxiety was manifested by relatives and others, who crowded the headlands, looking eagerly seaward. Rumours of disaster were rife before night; which alas, were but too fully verified on Tuesday morning. Two boats belonging to Port-Knockie have been lost, with all on board – eighteen men. One Port-Gordon boat came on shore about a mile to the east of Cullen; her crew, nine in number, have perished. A schooner, the Janet and Ann, of Inveresk, came on shore near Whitehills, with not a living soul on board. She has been dashed to pieces on the rocks. The names of the Port-Knockie crews are – George Pirie (skipper), married; James and John Mair, brothers, the former married; William Mair and James Mair, uncles of the former; John Innes, John Mair, John Wood (married); second crew – James Mair (Shavie), (married) and his two sons; W. James, George and Alexander Wood, brothers, the former married; James Wood (Park), George Pirie (married), George Slate (sic) (married), James Wood, Post (married). Two boats belonging to Buckie have also been lost, one of which, with eight men on board, was wrecked at the entrance to the harbour, and immediately in view of the wives and children of the unfortunate men. The other boat, containing seven men, and running for Cromarty, was swamped at sea, and came ashore near Nairn. Her name is The Pink of Buckie. During the gale, 18 boats ran ashore on the sands to the east of Buckie; their crews fortunately were saved, but several of the boats were seriously damaged. One boat, in attempting to take Buckie harbour, was dashed to pieces, but the crew were saved. It is estimated that altogether 42 men have lost their lives, the greater number of whom leave widows and children to lament their loss. The storm was felt all along the north coast."
  4. [S816] Lynda McHardy née Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Lynda McHardy of Aberdeen, Scotland."