William Pirie

M, #1483, b. 28 May 1888
     William Pirie was born on 28 May 1888 at 32 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of David Pirie and Jane Steel. His family was known by the tee-name of "Buxer".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1891 census at 37 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Jane Pirie, wife; William Pirie, son; Jessie A Pirie, servant.3

He was listed as head of household's son in the 1901 census at 72 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: David Pirie, head; Jane Pirie, wife; William Pirie, son; Alice Pirie, daughter; John Pirie, son; James Pirie, son.4
William Pirie was a fisherman. William Pirie and James Pirie owned the steam drifters 'True Vine' BF 198, 'Fisher Lad' BF 204 and 'Orphir Land' BF 131, and William Pirie owned the steam drifter 'Sincere' BF 152. (Ian Alexander Pirie worked for William Pirie "Buxer" on the 'Sincere' as a cook for a season after leaving school.)5,6,7,8 He was a witness at David Mair and Alice Pirie's wedding at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 4 December 1913.9,2 He married Helen Gardiner at 4 Campbell Street, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland, on 9 July 1918.10,2 The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that William Pirie lived at 23 Harbour Place, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. The house is called "The Bield."11
The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that William Pirie and brother James Pirie owned the steam drifter BF 198 True Vine.12,2

Children of William Pirie and Helen Gardiner

Citations

  1. [S1016] William Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "William Pirie, 1888, May Twenty Eighth 3h 0m A.M. at 32 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: David Pirie, Fisherman. Mother: Jane Pirie M. S. Steel, married 1887 August 5th in Peterhead. Informant: Jane Pirie, Mother. Registered: 1888, June 14th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  2. [S940] Carolyn Hatt, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Carolyn Hatt of Broadstairs, England.
  3. [S976] 1891, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, son, male, age 2, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, resident at 37 Portknockie."
  4. [S971] 1901, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, son, single, male, age 12, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at 72 Portknockie."
  5. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 198 TRUE VINE
    Built 1907 of steel by Mackie & Thomson of Govan (Yard Number 357) for J.J. & A. Buchan and W.H. Leask, Peterhead, and registered in Peterhead (PD 417).
    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.
    Boiler by Lidgerwood of Coatbridge. 130 psi. Bunker capacity 24 tons.
    1911 W.H. Leask shares sold to Richard Irvine & Sons Ltd, remainder to J.M. Buchan, Peterhead.
    1919 Sold to W. & J. Pirie (Buxer), Portknockie, Banffshire and re-registered in Banff (BF 198).
    1930 Sold to George & William Buchan, St. Combs, Aberdeenshire and re-registered in Fraserburgh (FR 97).
    1945 Sold to Wm. Buchan, (Willie Buck), Peterhead and re-registered (1947) in Peterhead (PD 349).
    1945 (Mercantile Navy List) Manager given as Wm. Strachan, Peterhead.
    Requisitioned for war service 1941 to 1945 as a reserve blockship.
    March 1951 Sold for scrap."
  6. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 204 FISHER LAD
    Built 1919 of steel by Lea Shipbuilding of Canning Town, London for the Admiralty as a Standard Drifter named HMD WHITECLOUD completed in 1920 as a fishing vessel and handed over to the Fishery Board for Scotland for disposal.
    Dimensions:- 96 GRT. Length 86.20 ft., Breadth 18.50 ft., Depth 9.30 ft.
    18 inch triple expansion engine by D. & B. Scott of Tayport, Fife. 43 hp.
    1920 Sold to L. McCombie, Granton, Edinburgh, renamed ADMIRAL STARTIN and registered in Leith (LH 304).
    1923 Sold to S. Chapman & others, Grimsby, re-registered in Grimsby GY 376.
    1925 (Mariner's Almanac) Owners given as S.S. Chapman Jnr., B. & F. Chapman.
    1926 Sold to W. & J. Pirie (Buxer), Portknockie, Banffshire, renamed FISHER LAD re-registered in Banff (BF 204).
    1930 to 1934 Chartered to Fishery Board for Scotland as an auxiliary fishery cruiser.
    1947 Sold to Norway, re-engined with a diesel engine, and became a coastal trader.
    Requisitioned for war service 1939 to 1945 (Pennant Number FY 282), as an anti submarine patrol vessel."
  7. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 131 OPHIR LAND
    Built 1907 of steel by Dundee Shipbuilding Company Ltd., (Yard Number 185) for A. Strachan & others Peterhead as BLUE BELL and registered in Peterhead (PD 363).
    Dimensions:- 94 GRT. Length 86.00 ft., Breadth 18.60 ft., Depth 8.70 ft.
    18 inch compound engine by Vaux of Sunderland. 37 hp.
    1926 Sold to J. Wood & A. Donaldson (Tosher), Portknockie, Banffshire, renamed OPHIR-LAND and re-registered in Banff (BF 131).
    1930 Sold to W. & J. Pirie & John Wood, Portknockie. (To replace FISHER LAD which had been hired as an Auxiliary Fishery Cruiser.)
    1934 Sold to J.A. Mair, Portknockie, (To replace DOVE).
    Requisitioned for war service 1915 to 1919 temporarily renamed BLUE BELL II (Pennant Number 777), as a Minesweeper fitted with a 0.45 inch machine gun.
    24 February 1938 Sold for scrap after a Board of Trade survey at Peterhead."
  8. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 152 SINCERE
    Built 1916 of wood by Samuel Richards of Lowestoft, Suffolk (Yard Number 202) for W.J. Westgate, Lowestoft and registered in Lowestoft (LT 681).
    Dimensions:- 92 GRT. Length 86.80 ft., Breadth 19.60 ft., Depth 9.50 ft.
    17 inch compound engine by Richards of Lowestoft. 30 hp.
    1919 Sold to Viking Steam Fishing Company Ltd., Lowestoft.
    1925 Transferred to Seven Ltd., Lowestoft, (both companies had the same owner J. Pye).
    1940 Sold to W. Pirie (Buxer), Portknockie, Banffshire and re-registered in Banff (BF 152). (To replace FISHER LAD which had been requisitioned for war service.)
    Oct. 1944 Sold to R.H. Colby, Lowestoft, and re-registered in Lowestoft (LT 143).
    Requisitioned for war service 1916 to 1919 (Pennant Number 2983), as an anti submarine net vessel/minesweeper fitted with a 3 pdr. gun.
    1952 Sold for scrap."
  9. [S977] David Mair to Alice Pirie, Marriage entry, "1913, on the Fourth day of December at Seafield Church. After Banns according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. David Mair, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 27, usual residence No. 243 Portknockie, parents David Mair "Bobbin" Fisherman, Jane Mair M.S. Mair "Laird". Alice Pirie, Fishergirl (Spinster), age 20, usual residence No. 72 Portknockie, parents David Pirie Fisherman, Jane Pirie M.S. Steel. James McIntyre Minister of Seafield. James Mair "Bobbin" Witness. William Pirie "Buxer" Witness. Registered 1913 December 5th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  10. [S1017] William Pirie to Helen (Nellie) Gardiner, Marriage entry, "1918 on the Ninth day of July at 4 Campbell Street, Cullen. After Banns According to the Forms of the Christian Brethren Church. William Pirie, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 30, usual residence 72 Portknockie, Parish of Seafield, parents David Pirie, Fisherman, Jane Pirie M.S. Steel. Nellie Gardiner, Fisherman's Daughter (Spinster), age 22, usual residence 4 Campbell Street, Cullen, parents George Gardiner, Fisherman, Margaret Ann Gardiner M.S. Findlay (Deceased). Peter F Bruce, Evangelist, Elgin. John Pirie Witness. Mary Pirie Witness. Registered 1918 July 10th at Cullen, John G. Dunbar Registrar."
  11. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 77: PORTKNOCKIE, "Pirie, William, 23 Harbour Place", page 111: PORTKNOCKIE, HARBOUR PLACE, "23, Wm. Pirie, fisherman", also page 77: PORTKNOCKIE, "Pirie, William, 10 Reidhaven Street."
  12. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 134: PORTKNOCKIE STEAMERS AND DRIFTERS, "BF 198, 35 Tons, Boat's Name: True Vine, Owner's Name and Address: W & J Pirie, The Bield, Harbour Place."