James Mair

M, #1706, b. 29 June 1863, d. 17 September 1942
     James Mair was born on 29 June 1863 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of James Mair and Margaret Mair. His family was known by the tee-name of "Slater".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: James Mair, head; Margaret Mair, wife; Mary Sclater, step-daughter; Margaret Mair, daughter; James Mair, son; Alexander Mair, son.3
James Mair was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 234 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: James Mair Slater, head; Margaret Mair, wife; James Mair Slater, son; Alexr Mair Slater, son.4
He married Margaret Smith at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 23 December 1887.5,2
He was listed as a crew member in the 1891 census at fishing boat 'Challenger', Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Those recorded aboard 'Challenger' were: Jas Mair, master; Jas Mair, 2nd hand; Alex Mair, fisherman; Geo Mair, fisherman; Alex Mair, fisherman; Alex Mair, fisherman; Wm Wood, fisherman.6

The Buckie and District Directory for 1926 shows that James Mair lived at Arranmore, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.7 James died on 17 September 1942 at Arranmore, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 79.8,2 He was buried after 17 September 1942 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.8

Children of James Mair and Margaret Smith


  1. [S1179] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "James Mair, male. Birth: 29 JUN 1863 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: James Mair. Mother: Margaret Mair or Slater."
  2. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  3. [S1272] 1871, Scottish Census, "James Mair, son, male, age 7, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at Portknockie."
  4. [S1273] 1881, Scottish Census, "James Mair Slater, son, male, age 17, born in Rathven, Banff, fisherman, resident at 234 Portknockie."
  5. [S2626] James Mair Slater to Margaret Smith, Marriage entry, "1887 on the Twenty-Third day of December at Seafield Church. After Banns, According to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. James Mair Slater, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 24, usual residence Portknockie, parents James Mair Slater Fisherman and Margaret Mair Slater M.S. Mair. Maggie Smith, Fishergirl (Spinster), age 22, usual residence Portessie, parents William Smith "Latin" Fisherman and Margaret Smith M.S. Mc Innes. James McIntyre Minister of Seafield. Alexander Mair Slater Witness. Alexr. Smith Witness. Registered 1887 December 24th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  6. [S1274] 1891, Scottish Census, "Jas Mair, crew, male, age 27, born in Rathven, Banff, 2nd hand, aboard Challenger at Fraserburgh."
  7. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1926, page 76: PORTKNOCKIE, "Mair, Jas., Arranmore, Portknockie", page 114: PORTKNOCKIE, MISCELLANEOUS, "Mair, Jas., fisherman, "Arranmore.""
  8. [S2597] James Mair, Gravestone inscription data, "NM122830, James Mair, c.1863 to 17 SEP 1942. Date of Birth : c.1863. Spouse's Name : Margaret Smith. Headstone Ref : H273. Date of Death : 17 SEP 1942."