William Pirie

M, #4043, b. 26 June 1853, d. 20 January 1887
     William Pirie was born on 26 June 1853 at Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Pirie and Ann Murray. William Pirie was baptized in July 1853 at Parish of Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland.1
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1861 census at Seatown, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirrie, 48; Ann Pirrie, 46; Mary Pirrie, 17; George Pirrie, 12; William Pirrie, 9; James Pirrie, 6.2
He was a fisherman. He married Jane Gardiner at Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland, on 11 October 1872.3 He was the informant for, and present at, Alexander Jones Pirie's birth at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 27 August 1873.4,5 William died on 20 January 1887 at sea about thirty miles off Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Scotland, at age 33. He perished with the Portsoy fishing boat 'Annie' that was in a collision with a steam trawler and sank. The entire crew were lost.6,7

Children of William Pirie and Jane Gardiner


  1. [S4885] LDS Church (new FamilySearch), International Genealogical Index, "William Pirie, male. Birth: 26 JUN 1853. Christening: JUL 1853 Fordyce, Banff, Scotland. Father: John Pirie. Mother: Ann Murray."
  2. [S5324] 1861, Scottish Census, "William Pirrie, unmarried, male, age 9, born in Fordyce, Banffshire, resident at Seatown, Portsoy."
  3. [S3206] William Pirie to Jane Gardiner, Marriage entry, "1872 on the Eleventh day of October at Cullen. After Banns, according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. William Pirie, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 20, usual residence Portsoy, parents John Pirie Fisherman and Ann Pirie M.S. Murray. Jane Gardiner, Spinster, John Runcie Witness, George McPherson Witness, age 20, usual residence Cullen, parents Alexander Gardiner, Fisherman and Jane Gardiner M.S. Findlay. George Henderson, Par. Minr. Cullen. George Pirie Witness. George McPherson Witness. Registered 1872, October 14th at Cullen, James Young Registrar."
  4. [S5416] Alexander Jones Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Peterhead in the County of Aberdeen, "Alexander Jones Pirie, 1873, August Twenty seventh 2h A.M. at Lougate, Male. Father: William Pirie Fisherman (Portsoy, Fordyce). Mother: Jane Pirie M. S. Gardiner, married 1872 October 8 in Cullen. Informant: William Pirie, His X Mark, Father (Present), James Lyall Registrar Witness. Registered: 1873, September 8 at Peterhead, James Lyall, Registrar."
  5. [S5328] LDS Church (new FamilySearch), International Genealogical Index, "Alexander Jones Pirie, male. Birth: 27 AUG 1873 Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland. Father: William Pirie. Mother: Jane Gardiner."
  6. [S6669] Page 42, Leopard Magazine, Celebrating the people, places and culture of North-east Scotland, 'The life of Jeannie Gardiner, cadger', Jim Slater reports on the unsung heroine from Portsoy, Leopard Magazine.
  7. [S6658] Norah Wood née Breslin, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Norah Wood of Aberdeen, Scotland.