William Mair

M, #2149, b. 28 June 1872, d. 17 January 1905
     William Mair was born on 28 June 1872 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of George Mair and Euphemia Pirie. His family was known by the tee-name of "Shanker".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 4 Fountain Street, Banff, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: George Mair, head; Euphemia Mair, wife; Alexander Mair, son; George Mair, son; James Mair, son; William Mair, son; Margaret Mair, daughter; David Mair, son; John Mair, son; Euphemia Mair, daughter; Margaret Pirie, servant.3
William Mair was a fisherman. He served in the crew of the Zulu fishing boat 'Evangeline' BF 1952.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1891 census at 227 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: George Mair “Shanker”, head; Euphemia Mair “Shanker”, wife; Alexr Mair “Shanker”, son; Jas Mair "Shanker", son; Wm Mair “Shanker”, son; Maggie Mair “Shanker”, daughter; David Mair "Shanker", son; John Mair "Shanker", son; Euphemia Mair "Shanker", daughter; Helen Mair "Shanker", daughter; Joseph Mair "Shanker", son; George Mair "Shanker", son.4
He married Margaret Jane Wood at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 6 December 1901.5,2 William died on 17 January 1905 at sea off Griceness, Stronsay, Orkney, Scotland, at age 32. He perished with the Portknockie Zulu fishing boat 'Evangeline' BF 1952 that was wrecked off Stronsay during a great storm. The entire crew were lost. See the article The Loss of the 'Evangeline' in 1905.6,7,2 He was buried on 21 January 1905 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.7,2

Child of William Mair and Margaret Jane Wood


  1. [S1527] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "William Mair, male. Birth: 28 JUN 1872 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: George Mair. Mother: Euphemia Pirie."
  2. [S4340] William Mair "Shanker", Gravestone inscription data, "NM123423, William "Shanker" Mair, 28 JUN 1872 to 17 JAN 1905. Occupation : Fisherman. Date of Birth : 28 JUN 1872. Place of Birth : Portknockie. Spouse's Name : Margaret Jane Wood. Date of Marriage : 06 DEC 1901. Place of Marriage : Seafield Church Portknockie. Headstone Ref : H223. Date of Death : 17 JAN 1905. Place of Death : At sea off Orkney."
  3. [S1556] 1881, Scottish Census, "William Mair, son, male, age 8, born in Portknockie, Banff, scholar, resident at 4 Fountain Street."
  4. [S1555] 1891, Scottish Census, "Wm Mair "Shanker", son, unmarried, male, age 18, born in Rathven, Banffshire, resident at 227 Portknockie."
  5. [S1535] Carole Dillon, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Carole Dillon of Nottingham, England.
  6. [S1526] William Mair, Statutory Register of Deaths in the Parish of Stronsay in the County of Orkney, "See Reg. of Cor. Ents., Vol. 1, p.28, February 13th 1905. William Mair, Fisherman (Married to Margaret Jane Wood), died 1905 January 17th, off Stronsay, Male, 32 years. Father: George Mair, Fisherman, Mother: Euphemia Mair M.S. Pirie. Cause of death: -. Informant: Joseph Mair, Brother, Portknockie. Registered: 1905, January 18th at Stronsay, O Drever, Registrar."
  7. [S4339] William Mair "Shanker", Monumental inscription, "In Memory of WILLIAM MAIR "SHANKER" who lost his life on 17 Jan. 1905 in the boat Evangeline aged 32 years."