John Donaldson

M, #2730, b. 25 April 1863, d. 28 January 1939
     John Donaldson was born on 25 April 1863 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2,3 He was the son of George Donaldson and Mary Ann Runcie. John Donaldson was a fisherman. He married Elspet Mair at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 12 September 1890.4,3
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at 132 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Donaldson, head; Elsie Donaldson, wife; George Donaldson, son; Alexander Donaldson, son; Williamina Donaldson, daughter; Georgina M. Donaldson, daughter.5,3
He married Margaret Ann Pirie at 35a Union Street, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 3 December 1925.6,3
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that John Donaldson lived at 1 Blantyre Place, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.7 John died on 28 January 1939 at 15 Harbour Place, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 75.8,3

Children of John Donaldson and Elspet Mair


  1. [S2071] John Donaldsdon, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Donaldsdon, 1863, April Twenty fifth 2h P.M. at Portknockie (Rathven), Male. Father: George Donaldson, Fisherman. Mother: Mary Ann Donaldson M. S. Runcie. Married 1855 Oct. at Portknockie. Informant: George Donaldson, Father, present. Jas. Cumming, Registrar, Witness. Registered: 1863, April 30th at Portknockie, Jas. Cumming, Registrar."
  2. [S2067] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Donaldson, male. Birth: 25 APR 1863 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: George Donaldson. Mother: Mary Ann Runcie."
  3. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  4. [S2066] John Donaldson to Elsie Mair, Marriage entry, "1890 on the Twelfth day of September at Portknockie. After Banns According to the Forms of the Free Church of Scotland. John Donaldson, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 26, usual residence Portknockie, parents George Donaldson, Fisherman (Deceased) and Mary Ann Donaldson M.S. Runcie. Elsie Mair, Fishergirl (Spinster), age 26, usual residence Portknockie, parents Alexander Mair "Shavie", Fisherman and Georgina Mair M.S. Mair. Peter Brown, Free Church Minister. Geo. Runcie, Witness. Alex. Mair, Witness. Registered 1890 September 13th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  5. [S3677] 1901, Scottish Census, "John Donaldson, head, married, male, age 36, born in Banff, Portknockie, fisherman, own account, resident at 132 Portknockie, has 2 rooms with one or more windows."
  6. [S2075] John Donaldson to Margaret Ann Pirie, Marriage entry, "1925, on the Third day of December at 35a Union Street, Aberdeen. By declaration in the presence of William Brand, 16 Fraser Street, Aberdeen and Adam Lawson Adams, 2 Gilcomston Place, Aberdeen. John Donaldson, Fisherman (Widower), 62 years, usual residence 1 Blantyre Place, Portknockie, Father: George Donaldson, Fisherman (Dec), Mother: Mary Ann Donaldson M.S. Runcie (Dec). Margaret Ann Pirrie, Fishworker (Spinster), 49 years, usual residence 15 Harbour Place, Portknockie, Father: Alexander Pirrie, Fisherman (Dec), Mother: Jessie Pirrie M.S Cowie. Warrant of Sheriff Substitute of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff dated 3rd December 1925. Registered 1925 December 4th at Aberdeen. Alex Benzie, Assistant Registrar."
  7. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 75: PORTKNOCKIE, "Donaldson, John, 1 Blantyre Place", page 110: PORTKNOCKIE, BLANTYRE PLACE, "1, John Donaldson, fisherman; G. Donaldson; Alex. Donaldson."
  8. [S2074] John Donaldson, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Donaldson, Fisherman (Retired), Married to (1st Elsie Innes (sic), 2nd Margaret Ann Pirie), died 1939, January Twenty-eighth 6h 30m P.M. at 15 Harbour Place, Portknockie, Male, 75 years. Father: George Donaldson, Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Mary Ann Donaldson M.S. Runcie (Deceased). Cause of death: Enlarged Prostate, Purulent Cystitis, as cert. by:- Alexr. V. Paterson M.B. C.h.B. Informant: William G. Grant, Grand-son, 1 Blantyre Place, Portknockie. Registered: 1939, January 30th at Portknockie, William Falconer, Registrar."