William Slater

M, #2694, b. circa 1894, d. 22 March 1941
     William Slater was born circa 1894. He was the son of John Bruce Sclater and Ann Mair. His family was known by the tee-name of "Hasser".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1901 census at 274 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Bruce Slater, head; Ann Mair Slater, wife; Maggie Wood Slater, daughter; Hellen Ann Slater, daughter; James Slater, son; John A Slater, son; Mary Mair Slater, daughter; Wm Slater, son; Ethel Slater, daughter.1
William Slater was a fisherman. He married Jessie McKay at Elgin, Elginshire, Scotland, in 1921.2
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that William Slater lived at 19 Church Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.3 William died on 22 March 1941 at sea, outside Portknockie Harbour, Banffshire, Scotland. He perished with the Portknockie seine-net motor fishing boat 'Sickle' BF 353 that was struck broadside by a large wave and capsized close to the outer harbour mouth at Portknockie. Three of the four crew drowned. They were John Alexander Slater (skipper), his son John Bruce Slater and his brother William Slater (engineer). The sole survivor was deckhand and part-owner Alexander Mair.4,5,6 He was buried after 22 March 1941 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.4


  1. [S5956] 1901, Scottish Census, "Wm Slater, son, male, age 7, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at 274 Portknockie."
  2. [S7664] William Slater, Jessie McKay, Surname: Slater. Forename: William. Spouse Surname: McKay. Spouse Forename: Jessie. Year: 1921. Ref: 135/ 132. Registration District Name: Elgin.
  3. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 78: PORTKNOCKIE, "Slater, Wm., 19 Church St.", page 111: PORTKNOCKIE, CHURCH STREET, "19, J.B. Slater, fisherman; William Slater."
  4. [S2011] William Slater, Gravestone inscription data, "NM175346, William Slater, c. 1894 to 22 MAR 1941. Occupation : Fisherman. Date of Birth : c. 1894. Headstone Ref : H145. Date of Death : 22 MAR 1941. Place of Death : At sea."
  5. [S2020] William Slater, Statutory Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "See Reg. of Cor. Ents., Vol. 2, page 35, April 23rd 1941. William Slater, Fisherman (Married to Jessie McKay), died 1941, March Twenty-second, About 4h 45m P.M., Near Harbour Entrance, Portknockie, Usual Residence:- 19 Church Road, Portknockie, Male, 47 years. Father: John Bruce Slater, Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Ann Slater M.S. Mair (Deceased). Cause of death: (blank) Informant: W.G. Donaldson, Friend, 17 Church Street, Portknockie (Present). Registered: 1941, March 24th at Portknockie, William Falconer, Registrar."
  6. [S1332] Mary Laing, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Mary Laing of Dinnet, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.