William Mair

M, #2844, b. 28 August 1903, d. 3 April 1969
     William Mair was born on 28 August 1903 at 7 Low Street, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of Joseph Mair and Mary Findlay. His family was known by the tee-name of "Shavie". William Mair was a fisherman. He married Mary McKay at The Town Hall, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, on 10 December 1926.1 From 1922 to 1941, William Mair was joint owner of the steam drifter 'Boy Andrew' BF 592. In 1935 Madame Simone Prunier opened a branch of her famous Paris restaurant Maison Prunier in London. She decided to award a trophy to the drifter that netted the highest crannage of herring in one shot, in one night. In 1936 the 'Boy Andrew' was the first winner of the Prunier Herring Trophy. William Mair was the skipper and landed the prize catch of 231 cran of herring, even though they left behind some of their nets, unhauled. The trophy itself was made from Purbeck marble and unveiled at Madame Prunier's restaurant on 20th September 1936. It depicts a hand rising from the waves holding a herring.2,3 William died on 3 April 1969 at 59 Schoolhendry Street, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 65.1,3

Child of William Mair and Mary McKay


  1. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  2. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 592 BOY ANDREW
    Built 1918 of steel by J. Lewis of Torry, Kincardine (Yard Number 63), for the Admiralty as a Standard Drifter named HMD SUNBURST (Pennant Number 3924).
    Retained on Admiralty Service until 1921.
    Dimensions:- 97 GRT. Length 85.80 ft., Breadth 18.61 ft., Depth 9.20 ft.
    18 inch triple expansion engine & boiler (180 psi) by Lewis. 43 hp.
    1922 Sold to Joseph Mair & others, Portsoy, Banffshire, registered in Banff (BF 592).
    Requisitioned for war service 1940 to 1941 as a Patrol vessel.
    9 November 1941 Lost in collision off Inchkeith with S.S. St. ROGNVALD whilst on war service.
    BOY ANDREW is reputed to be the only Portsoy steam drifter to fish from Yarmouth.
    Winner of Prunier Herring Trophy 1936."
  3. [S2341] Gordon and Simone Prunier Walker née Mair "Shavie", Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Simone Prunier Walker née Mair "Shavie" of Aberdeen, Scotland.