John Wood

M, #3779, b. 14 February 1873, d. 15 November 1895
     John Wood "Reid" was born on 14 February 1873 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Wood and Anne Taylor. His family was known by the tee-name of "Reid".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 44 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Ann Wood, wife; James Wood, son; Andrew Wood, son; John Wood, son; Anne Wood, daughter; Alex Wood, son.2
John Wood was a fisherman. He was the owner of the fishing boat 'Polly' BF 1684.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1891 census at New Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood "Reid", head; Annie Wood, wife; James Wood "Reid", son; Andrew Wood "Reid", son; John Wood "Reid", son; Alexander Wood "Reid", son; William Wood "Reid", son.3
He married Helen Pirie at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 20 September 1895.4,5 John died on 15 November 1895 at sea, off Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 22. He perished with the Portknockie fishing boat 'Polly' BF 1684 that was overturned by a gust of wind 4 miles off Portknockie whilst haddock fishing. The entire crew of five was lost. They were John Innes "Jockey" (skipper), his son John Innes, and also three brothers Andrew Wood "Reid", John Wood "Reid" (owner) and Alexander Wood "Reid".
The Rev. James McIntyre in concluding this Sunday sermon on 17 November 1895 indentified similarities between the fate that befell the crew of the 'Polly' and the fate on 22 November 1887 of the crew of the 'Maggie King' BF 236.6 He was buried after 15 November 1895 at Cullen Cemetery, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.6

Child of John Wood and Helen Pirie


  1. [S3016] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Wood, male. Birth: 14 FEB 1873 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: John Wood. Mother: Ann Taylor."
  2. [S5504] 1881, Scottish Census, "John Wood, son, male, age 7, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at 44 Portknockie."
  3. [S5505] 1891, Scottish Census, "John Wood "Reid", son, unmarried, male, age 18, born in Banffshire, fisherman, resident at New Street, Portknockie."
  4. [S3012] John Wood to Helen Pirie, Marriage entry, "1895 on the Twentieth day of September at Seafield Church. After Banns, According to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. John Wood, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 22, usual residence Portknockie, parents John Wood "Reid" Fisherman and Ann Wood M.S. Taylor. Helen Pirie, Domestic Servant (Spinster), age 22, usual residence Portknockie, parents Alexander Pirie Fisherman and Helen Pirie M.S. Mair (Deceased). James McIntyre Minister of Seafield. Andrew Wood Witness. Alexander Falconer Witness. Registered 1895 September 21st at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  5. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  6. [S3020] John Wood "Reid", Gravestone inscription data, "NM200463, John "Reid" Wood, c. 1873 to 15 NOV 1895. Occupation : Fisherman. Date of Birth : c. 1873. Headstone Ref : C(N)299. Date of Death : 15 NOV 1895. Place of Death : At sea off Portknockie."