William Wood

M, #2259, b. 26 March 1877, d. 11 August 1898
     William Wood was born on 26 March 1877 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Wood and Isabella Pirie. His family was known by the tee-name of "Royal".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 22 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Isabella Wood, wife; John Wood, son; William Wood, son; Joseph Wood, son; Isabella Wood. daughter.2

He was listed as a crew member in the 1891 census at fishing boat 'King Fisher', Westray Pier, Westray, Orkney, Scotland. Those recorded aboard 'King Fisher' were: Jno Pirie Buxer, fisherman master; Alex Pirie Buxer, fisherman; Jno Wood Royal, fisherman; Robert Grant, fisherman; Geo Wood Royal, fisherman; Jno Pirie Buxer, fisherman; Jno Wood Royal, fisherman; Wm Wood, cook.3
William Wood was a fisherman. William died on 11 August 1898 at 290 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 21.4


  1. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  2. [S5447] 1881, Scottish Census, "William Wood, son, male, age 4, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, resident at 22 Portknockie."
  3. [S1306] 1891, Scottish Census, "Wm Wood, crew, unmarried, male, age 14, born in Portknockie, Banff, cook, employed, aboard 'King Fisher' at Westray Pier."
  4. [S1614] William Wood "Royal", Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "William Wood "Royal" Fisherman (Single), died 1898, August Eleventh 8h 0m P.M. at 290 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 21 years. Father: John Wood "Royal", Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Isabella Wood M.S. Pirie. Cause of death: Phthisis Pulmonary, 2 years, as cert. by Thos. MacHardy M.B.C.M. Informant: John Wood "Royal", Brother, 32 Portknockie. Registered: 1898, August 13th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."