William George Slater

M, #87, b. 3 May 1878, d. 26 January 1957
William George Slater (c1879-1957)
(Photograph kindly provided by Edgar Donaldson Mair)
     William George Slater was born on 3 May 1878 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of Alexander Sclater and Margaret Goodbrand. His family was known by the tee-name of "Wildie".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 271 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Alexr. Slater, head; Margaret Goodbrand (Slater), wife; Ann Slater, daughter; Christina (sic) Slater, daughter; Alexr. Slater, son; Maggie Slater, daughter; Jessie Slater, daughter; Helen Slater, daughter; Elizabeth Slater, daughter; William Geo. Slater, son.2
William George Slater was a fisherman. He married Mary Ann Mair at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 10 December 1903.3
He was listed as head of household in the 1911 census at 446 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William G. Slater, head; Mary Ann Slater, wife; Maggie Slater, daughter; Eveline Slater, daughter; Williamina Slater, daughter.4

The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1915-1916 shows that William George Slater was owner occupier of 446 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.5
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that William George Slater lived at 6 Seafield Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.6 He was the informant for, and present at, Ann Slater's death at 15 Pulteney Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 11 July 1939.7,8 William George Slater died on 26 January 1957 at age 78.9 He was buried after 26 January 1957 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.9

Children of William George Slater and Mary Ann Mair


  1. [S1054] Dr Guy D Sutherland-Barnicoat, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Dr Guy Barnicoat of Commerce Township, Michigan, USA.
  2. [S6703] 1881, Scottish Census, "William Geo. Slater, son, unmarried, male, age 3, born in Rathven, Banff, fisherman's son, resident at 271 Portknockie."
  3. [S6119] William George Slater to Mary Ann Mair, Statutory Register of Marriages in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "1903, on the Tenth day of December at Seafield Church, After Banns, According to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. William George Slater, Fisherman (Bachelor), 25 years, resident at No 271 Portknockie, Father: Alexander Slater, Fisherman, Mother: Margaret Slater M.S. Goodbrand. Mary Ann Mair, Fishergirl (Spinster), 23 years, resident at No 237 Portknockie, Father: John Mair "Bobbin", Fisherman, Mother: Margaret Mair M.S Mair. James McIntyre, Minister of Seafield. John Mair Witness. James Findlay Witness. Registered: 1903, December 11th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  4. [S3186] 1911, Scottish Census, "William G. Slater, head, male, age 32, married, fisherman in fishing industry, worker, born in Banff, Portknockie, resident at 446 Portknockie, 2 rooms with one or more windows, 5 persons in house."
  5. [S4582] National Records of Scotland, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Year 1915-1916, Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for the Year 1915-1916 - Parish of Rathven, Page 385, "Police Burgh of Portknockie, No. 3794, Description: House, Situation: 446 Portknockie, Proprietor: William George Slater, fisherman, Occupier: Proprietor, Feu-Duty or Ground Annual: £1 2s 0d, Yearly Rent or Value: £8 0s 0d."
  6. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 78: PORTKNOCKIE, "Slater, W. G., 6 Seafield St", page 113: PORTKNOCKIE, SEAFIELD STREET, "6, Wm. G. Slater, fisherman."
  7. [S1691] Ann Mair née Slater, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Ann Mair, (Married to Joseph Mair, Fisherman Retired), died 1939, July Eleventh 0h 20m A.M. at 15 Pulteney Street, Portknockie, Female, 79 years. Father: Alexander Slater, Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Margaret Slater M.S. Goodbrand (Deceased). Cause of death: Myocarditis, as cert. by J.C. Wood M.B. C.h.B. Informant: William G. Slater, Brother, 6 Seafield Street, Portknockie (Present). Registered: 1939, July 11th at Portknockie, William Falconer, Registrar."
  8. [S1567] Ann Mair née Slater, Gravestone inscription data, "NM122229, Ann Mair (née Slater), c. 1860 to 11 JUL 1939. Date of Birth : c. 1860. Spouse's Name : Joseph Mair. Headstone Ref : H391. Date of Death : 11 JUL 1939."
  9. [S1117] William George Slater, Gravestone inscription data, "NM175354, William George Slater, c. 1879 to 26 JAN 1957. Date of Birth : c. 1879. Spouse's Name : Mary Ann Mair. Headstone Ref : H393. Date of Death : 26 JAN 1957."