James Mair

M, #1706, b. 29 June 1863, d. 17 September 1942
     James Mair was born on 29 June 1863 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of James Mair and Margaret Mair. His family was known by the tee-name of "Slater".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: James Mair, head; Margaret Mair, wife; Mary Sclater, step-daughter; Margaret Mair, daughter; James Mair, son; Alexander Mair, son.3
James Mair was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 234 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: James Mair Slater, head; Margaret Mair, wife; James Mair Slater, son; Alexr Mair Slater, son.4
He married Margaret Smith at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 23 December 1887.5,2
He was listed as a crew member in the 1891 census at fishing boat 'Challenger', Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Those recorded aboard 'Challenger' were: Jas Mair, master; Jas Mair, 2nd hand; Alex Mair, fisherman; Geo Mair, fisherman; Alex Mair, fisherman; Alex Mair, fisherman; Wm Wood, fisherman.6
He was the informant for, and present at, James Mair's death at 1 Harbour Place, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 25 August 1921.7,8,9
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that James Mair lived at Arranmore, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.10
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that James Mair owned the steam drifter BF 1436 Valkyre.11
James died on 17 September 1942 at Arranmore, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 79.12,2 He was buried after 17 September 1942 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.12

Children of James Mair and Margaret Smith


  1. [S1179] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "James Mair, male. Birth: 29 JUN 1863 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: James Mair. Mother: Margaret Mair or Slater."
  2. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  3. [S1272] 1871, Scottish Census, "James Mair, son, male, age 7, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at Portknockie."
  4. [S1273] 1881, Scottish Census, "James Mair Slater, son, male, age 17, born in Rathven, Banff, fisherman, resident at 234 Portknockie."
  5. [S2626] James Mair Slater to Margaret Smith, Marriage entry, "1887 on the Twenty-Third day of December at Seafield Church. After Banns, According to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. James Mair Slater, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 24, usual residence Portknockie, parents James Mair Slater Fisherman and Margaret Mair Slater M.S. Mair. Maggie Smith, Fishergirl (Spinster), age 22, usual residence Portessie, parents William Smith "Latin" Fisherman and Margaret Smith M.S. Mc Innes. James McIntyre Minister of Seafield. Alexander Mair Slater Witness. Alexr. Smith Witness. Registered 1887 December 24th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  6. [S1274] 1891, Scottish Census, "Jas Mair, crew, male, age 27, born in Rathven, Banff, 2nd hand, aboard Challenger at Fraserburgh."
  7. [S6382] James Mair "Slater", Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "James Mair "Slater", Fisherman (Widower of Margaret Slater or Mair), died 1921, August Twenty Fifth 3h A.M. at 1 Harbour Place, Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 87 years, Father: Alexander Mair Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Margaret Mair M.S. Slater (Deceased), Cause of death: Cerebral Apoplexy, as cert. by T. MacHardy M.B.C.M., Informant: James Mair, Son, Arranmore Villa (Present), Registered: 1921, August 25th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  8. [S1317] Article, 'The Late Mr James Mair', page 6, column 6, Banffshire Advertiser and Buckie and Moray Firth Fishing and General Gazette, Vol. XL, No. 2091, "THE LATE MR JAMES MAIR, PORTKNOCKIE
    At the close of the day service in Seafield Parish Church, Portknockie, the Rev. Mr. McIntyre said – I cannot close without referring, however briefly, to the loss we have sustained as a congregation and a community, in the death of Mr James Mair “Slater”, one of our oldest, bravest, most skilful, and widely known fishermen – a fisherman of the older type of whom now there are but few remaining. He has passed to his next full of years – he had reached his 87th year, and but for an accidental injury to his leg which he suffered some two years ago, so good was his natural constitution that he would have likely reached a still greater age. He served the community for a considerable time in the office of harbour master, and won for himself the approval of the committee of management by the faithful discharge of its duties. Of a friendly disposition and gifted with a keen sense of humour, he could hold his own as a good Conservative when politics were being discussed at the Braehead. It is expected of a fisherman as of an astronomer, that he be devout, and he whom we mourn was at heart in a quiet way and without any parade of religion deeply so. His end was a most peaceful one, like that of a tired child falling asleep, and his life voyage ended in casting his anchor within the vale. “All’s well,” quoting a favourite hymn, were about his last words. His wife predeceased him some 11 years ago, but he was happy in having his granddaughter who waited on and ministered to him with loving care. He leaves two married daughters and two sons – Bailie James Mair, of “Aranmore” and Alexander, owners of the steam drifter Valkyrie.
    Mr McIntyre also referred in suitable terms to the deaths of an infant of five months, of John Mair, a young fisherman aged 34, and a young married woman, Jane Wood, daughter of Mr Wm. Wood “Piper”, who had died at Peterhead in child-birth."
  9. [S1054] Dr Guy D Sutherland-Barnicoat, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Dr Guy Barnicoat of Commerce Township, Michigan, USA.
  10. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 76: PORTKNOCKIE, "Mair, Jas., Arranmore, Portknockie", page 114: PORTKNOCKIE, MISCELLANEOUS, "Mair, Jas., fisherman, "Arranmore.""
  11. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 134: PORTKNOCKIE STEAMERS AND DRIFTERS, "BF 1436, 33 Tons, Boat's Name: Valkyre, Owner's Name and Address: J. Mair, Arranmore."
  12. [S2597] James Mair, Gravestone inscription data, "NM122830, James Mair, c.1863 to 17 SEP 1942. Date of Birth : c.1863. Spouse's Name : Margaret Smith. Headstone Ref : H273. Date of Death : 17 SEP 1942."