Alexander Mair

M, #1609, b. 24 September 1870, d. 17 September 1927
     Alexander Mair was born on 24 September 1870 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2,3 He was the son of William Mair and Ann Falconer. His family was known by the tee-name of "Shavie".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at 183 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Mair, head; Ann Mair, wife; Elspet Mair, daughter; John Mair, son; William Mair, son; Ann Mair, daughter; Alexander Mair, son.4
Alexander Mair was a fisherman. He married Helen Wood at Seatown, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, on 30 October 1896.3
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at Shore Street, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Alexander Mair, head; Helen Mair, wife; William Mair, son.5
Alexander Mair was the skipper of the steam drifter 'Eglantine' BF 860. 'Steam Drifters Recalled' gives John Mair as the owner, but Alexander may have been co-owner and skipper.6 He was the informant for Ann Hogg's death at 1 Wood Street, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 March 1927.7,3,8 Alexander died on 17 September 1927 at Rocklyn, Barbank Street, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 56.9,3

Children of Alexander Mair and Helen Wood


  1. [S1111] Alexander Mair, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Alexander Mair, 1870, September Twenty-fourth 2h A.M. at Portknockie (Rathven), Male. Father: William Mair "Shavie", Fisherman. Mother: Ann Mair M. S. Falconer, married 1859 Decr. 8th in Portknockie. Informant: William Mair Shavie, Father (present). Registered: 1870, October 8th at Farskane, Jas. Cumming, Registrar."
  2. [S1126] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "Alexander Mair, male. Birth: 24 SEP 1870 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: William Mair. Mother: Ann Falconer."
  3. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  4. [S3706] 1871, Scottish Census, "Alexander Mair, son, male, age 6 months, born in Banffshire, Portknockie, resident at 183 Portknockie."
  5. [S6907] 1901, Scottish Census, "Alexander Mair, head, married, male, age 30, born in Banffshire, Rathven, fisherman, works on own account, resident in Shore Street, has 2 rooms with one or more windows."
  6. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 860 EGLANTINE
    Built 1907 of steel by Mackie & Thompson of Govan (Yard Number 359) for G. Wood (Royal) Portknockie, Banffshire & W.H. Leask, Peterhead, registered in Banff (BF 860).
    Dimensions:- 95 GRT. Length 86.20 ft., Breadth 18.50 ft., Depth 9.10 ft.
    18 inch compound engine by Lidgerwood of Coatbridge. 39 hp.
    1913 W.H. Leask shares sold to G. & J. Wood & J. Chalmers.
    1914 Stranded in Loch Bracadale (Skye), but later re-floated.
    1919 Sold to J. Mair (Shavie), Portsoy, Banffshire & others.
    Requisitioned for war service 1915 to 1919, temporarily renamed GULLWING, (Pennant Number 2492), as an anti submarine net vessel fitted with a 6 pdr. anti-aircraft gun.
    1937 Sold for scrap."
  7. [S3208] Ann Wood née Hogg, Register of Deaths in the District of Portsoy in the County of Banff, "Ann Wood (Widow of James Wood, Fisherman), died 1927, March Second 11h 0m P.M. at 1 Wood Street, Portsoy, Female, 84 years. Father: Robert Hogg, Fisherman, deceased, Mother: Helen Hogg M.S. Slater, deceased. Cause of death: Bronchitis, As certified by John W. Macrae M.B.Ch.B., Portsoy. Informant: Alex Mair, Son-in-Law, Rocklyn Cottage, Barbank Street, Portsoy. Registered: 1927, March 3rd at Portsoy, James Stewart, Registrar."
  8. [S3190] Arnold Pirie, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Arnold Pirie of Portknockie, Scotland, from notes in the family bible of James Wood "Doo", late of Portknockie and Portsoy (1843 - 1890).
  9. [S3539] Alexander Mair, Register of Deaths in the District of Portsoy in the County of Banff, "Alexander Mair, Fisherman, Married to Helen Wood, died 1927, September Seventeenth 9h 0m A.M. at Rocklyn, Portsoy, Male, 56 years, Father: William Mair, Fisherman, deceased, Mother: Ann Mair M.S. Falconer, deceased, Cause of death: Carcinoma of Pancreas, as certified by John W. Macrae M.B. Ch.B., Portsoy, Informant: William Mair, Son, 7 North High Street, Portsoy, Present, Registered: 1927, September 19th at Portsoy, James Stewart Registrar."