John Pirie

M, #18, b. 8 March 1850, d. 6 December 1908
'Granda Staffy'
Probably John Pirie "Buxer" (1850-1908)
     John was born at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 8 March 1850.1,2 He was the son of John Pirie and Helen Wood. John Pirie was baptized on 15 March 1850 at Parish of Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 His family was known by the tee-name of "Buxer". John Pirie, was identified with the tee-name "Buxer" in the 1881 Scottish Census.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1851 census at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Hellen Pirie, wife/head; Alexander Pirie, son; John Pirie, son.3

He was listed as head of household's son in the 1861 census at 187 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirie, head; Hellen Pirie, wife; Alexander Pirie, son; John Pirie, son.4
He was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at 187 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirie, head; Helen Pirie, wife; John Pirie, son.5
He married Elizabeth Ritchie at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1874.6,7 He was the informant for, and present at, John Pirie's birth at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 23 September 1875.8
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1875-1876 shows that John Pirie "Buxer" was owner occupier of 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.9 He was the informant for William Pirie's birth at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 6 January 1880.10 He was the informant for, and present at, John Pirie's death at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 8 March 1880.11
He was listed as head of household in the 1881 census at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirie “Buxer”, head; Elizabeth Pirie “Buxer”, wife; Catherine Pirie “Buxer”, daughter; William Pirie, son.12
He was the informant for John Pirie's birth at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 16 September 1881.13 He was the informant for George Pirie's birth at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 27 April 1883.14,15 He was the informant for, and present at, George Pirie's death at Roanheads, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 29 July 1883.16 He was the informant for Alexander Pirie's birth at Longate Street, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 30 August 1884.17
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1885-1886 shows that John Pirie "Buxer" was owner occupier of 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.18 His family was known by the tee-name of "King". John Pirie, was then identified with the tee-name "King" in the 1891 Census. "Buxer" was the tee-name of John's father's family and "King" was the tee-name of his mother's family. He was the informant for John Pirie's birth at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 10 September 1886.19 John Pirie owned the Zulu fishing boat 'King Fisher' BF 720. The boat was advertised for sale in November 1898.20 He was the informant for, and present at, John Pirie's death at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 21 November 1887.21 He was the informant for Helen Pirie's birth at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 21 August 1888.22 He was the informant for Helen Pirie's death at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 27 June 1889.23 He was the informant for Elizabeth Pirie's birth at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 August 1890.24 He was the informant for David Pirie "King"'s birth at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 August 1890.25 He was the informant for, and present at, David Pirie's death at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 August 1890.26
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.27

He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Although listed at the head of the household in this census entry, John Pirie's name has been crossed out and his 'Relation to Head of Family' left blank. It seems likely that he was not actually present in the household at the time of the census. However, those recorded in the household were: John Pirie “King”, (blank); Elizabeth Pirie, wife; Katrine Pirie, daughter; William Pirie, son; Alexander Pirie, son; Elizabeth Pirie, daughter.28
He was the informant for Elizabeth Pirie's death at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 5 March 1893.29
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1895-1896 shows that John Pirie "Buxer" was owner occupier of 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.30 John Pirie and Alexander Pirie owned the Zulu fishing boat 'Kingfisher' BF 2073. The boat was advertised for sale in December 1902.31 He married Mary Buchan at 12 Auldmanythie Road, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 27 August 1898.32
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at 219½ Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirie, head; Mary Pirie, wife; Catherine Pirie, daughter; Wm Pirie, son; Alex Pirie, son; Elizabeth Pirie, daughter.33
From 1903, John Pirie, William Pirie and Alexander Pirie owned the steam drifter 'Trident' BF 1049.34
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1905-1906 shows that John Pirie "King" was owner of 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.35
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1905-1906 shows that John Pirie "King" was owner occupier of 428 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.36 John died on 6 December 1908 at 428 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 58.37
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1915-1916 shows that representatives of the late John Pirie "King" were owner of 428 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.38,39

Children of John Pirie and Elizabeth Ritchie

Child of John Pirie and Mary Buchan

Citations

  1. [S54] John Pirie, Entry in the Old Parochial Register of Baptisms, Parish of Cullen, 1850, "Pirie 15th March 1850. John Pirie, Portknockie had a child by his wife Helen Wood born on the 8th inst. and baptized this day named John; Witnesses John Wood & Isabel Wood."
  2. [S177] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Pirie, male. Birth: 08 MAR 1850. Christening: 15 MAR 1850 Cullen, Banff, Scotland. Father: John Pirie. Mother: Helen Wood."
  3. [S32] 1851, Scottish Census, "John Pirie, son, male, age 1, born in County Banff Portknockie."
  4. [S30] 1861, Scottish Census, "John Pirie, son, unmarried, male, age 9, born in Banffshire, Rathven, scholar, resident at 187 Portknockie."
  5. [S26] 1871, Scottish Census, "John Pirie, son, unmarried, male, age 19, born in Banffshire, Portknockie, fisherman, resident at 187 Portknockie."
  6. [S11] John Pirie to Elizabeth Ritchie, Marriage entry, "1874 on the Second day of October at Portknockie. After Banns, according to the Forms of the Free Church of Scotland. John Pirie, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 24, usual residence Portknockie, Seafield, parents John Pirie Fisherman and Helen Pirie M.S. Wood. Elizabeth Rithie (sic) (Spinster), age 17, usual residence Portknockie, Seafield, parents William Ritchie Fisherman (deceased) and Catherine Ritchie M.S. McLean (sic). John Mackay Minister of the Fr. Ch. at Cullen. Geo. Mair Witness. George Wood Witness. Registered 1874 October 5th at Farskane, James Cumming Registrar."
  7. [S3193] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, “John Pirie, male. Spouse: Elizabeth Ritchie. Marriage: 02 OCT 1874 Seafield, Banff, Scotland”.
  8. [S1429] John Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Pirie, 1875, September Twenty third 2h 0m A.M. at Portknockie, Seafield, Rathven, Male. Father: John Pirie "Buxer" (Fisherman). Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 5th in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie, Father (Present). Registered: 1875, October 9th at Seafield Manse, Thomas Fraser, Registrar."
  9. [S4091] National Records of Scotland, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Year 1875-1876, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Parish of Rathven, Year 1875-1876, Page 234, "Village of Portknockie, No. 2203, Description: House 219, Proprietor: John Pirie "Buxor", Occupier: said John Pirie, Yearly Rent or Value: 4/10/0."
  10. [S96] William Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "William Pirie, 1880, January Sixth 6h 0m A.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: John Pirie, Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married October 3d 1874 in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie, father. Registered: 1880, January 17th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  11. [S1428] John Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Pirie (Single), died 1880, March Eighth 4h 0m P.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 4 years. Father: John Pirie Fisherman, Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie. Cause of death: Acute Phthisis, 6 months, Exhaustion, as cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M. Informant: John Pirie, Father (Present). Registered: 1880, March 8 at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  12. [S23] 1881, Scottish Census, "John Pirie "Buxer", head, married, male, age 31, born in Banff, Rathven, fisherman, resident at 219 Portknockie, has 2 rooms with one or more windows."
  13. [S1430] John Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Pirie, 1881, September Sixteenth 4h 0m P.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: John Pirie "Buxer" (Fisherman). Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 2nd in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie, Father. Registered: 1881, September 27th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  14. [S3658] George Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "George Pirie, 1883, April Twenty-Seventh 1h 0m P.M. at 218 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: John Pirie "Buxer", Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 2nd in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie Buxer, Father. Registered: 1883, May 2nd at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  15. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  16. [S3659] George Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Peterhead in the County of Aberdeen, "George Pirie (Single), died 1883, July Twenty Ninth 2h 0m P.M. at Roanheads, Peterhead, Male, 3 Mos. Father: John Pirie Fisherman (Domicil Portknockie), Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie. Cause of death: Convulsions, about 2 days, as Certified by Robert Catto M.D. C.M. Informant: John Pirie, Father (present). Registered: 1883, July 30 at Peterhead, Alex Robertfon, Registrar."
  17. [S417] Alexander Pirie, 1884 Register of Births in the District of Peterhead in the County of Aberdeen, "Alexander Pirie, 1884, August Thirtieth 4h 0m A.M. at Longate Street, Peterhead, Male. Father: John Pirie, Fisherman (Domicil Port Knockie). Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married October 1874 in Port Knockie. Informant: John Pirie, father. Registered: 1884, August 30 at Peterhead, Alex Roberts(?), Registrar."
  18. [S4094] National Records of Scotland, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Year 1885-1886, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Parish of Rathven, Year 1885-1886, Page 289, "Village of Portknockie, No. 2460, Description: House 218, Proprietor: John Pirie "Buxor" Fisherman, Occupier: Same, Feu-duty or Ground Annual: £0 8s 0d, Yearly Rent or Value: £4 0s 0d."
  19. [S1433] John Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Pirie, 1886, September Tenth 5h 0m A.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: John Pirie "King" Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie, married 1873 October 1st (sic) in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie King, Father. Registered: 1886, September 18th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  20. [S1308] Article, 'TO FISHERMEN. - For Sale, the Boat King Fisher, BF. 720', Banffshire Advertiser and Buckie and Moray Firth Fishing and General Gazette, "TO FISHERMEN. - For Sale, the Boat King Fisher, BF. 720; 49 feet keel, well found, and in sea going order, with Steam-hauling Capstan; now lying in Portknockie Harbour. Apply to John Pirie "King", 219½ Portknockie."
  21. [S1432] John Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Pirie-King (Single), died 1887, November Twenty-first 7h 0m P.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 1 year. Father: John Pirie-King Fisherman, Mother: Elizabeth Pirie-King M.S. Ritchie. Cause of death: Acute Bronchitis, 9 Days, as cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M. Informant: John Pirie King, Father (Present). Registered: 1887, November 22nd at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  22. [S1435] Helen Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Helen Pirie, 1888, August Twenty-First 1h 0m A.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female. Father: John Pirie "King" Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 3D in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie "King", Father. Registered: 1888, September 12th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  23. [S1434] Helen Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Helen Pirie (Single), died 1889, June Twenty-Seventh 3h 0m P.M. at Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female, 10 months. Father: John Pirie "King" Fisherman, Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie. Cause of death: Acute Bronchitis, 7 Days, Convulsions, as cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M. Informant: John Pirie, Father. Registered: 1889, June 29th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  24. [S95] Elizabeth Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Twin, Elizabeth Pirie, 1890, August Second 11h 45m A.M. at 218 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female. Father: John Pirie "King", Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 2nd in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie, father. Registered: 1890, August 4th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  25. [S1436] David Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Twin, David Pirie, 1890, August Second 11h 30m A.M. at 218 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: John Pirie "King", Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 2nd in Seafield. Informant: John Pirie, father. Registered: 1890, August 4th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  26. [S1437] David Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "David Pirie (Single), died 1890, August Second 8h 0m P.M. at 218 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 7 hours. Father: John Pirie Fisherman, Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie. Cause of death: Congestion of lungs, 1 Day, as cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M. Informant: John Pirie, Father (Present). Registered: 1890, August 4th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  27. [S1306] 1891, Scottish Census, "Jno Pirie Buxer, crew, married, male, age 40, born in Portknockie, Banff, fisherman master, working on own account, aboard 'King Fisher' at Westray Pier."
  28. [S14] 1891, Scottish Census, "John Pirie "King" (name crossed out), male, resident at 218 Portknockie, has 3 rooms with one or more windows."
  29. [S77] Elizabeth Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Elizabeth Pirie (married to John Pirie Fisherman), died 1893, March Fifth 7h 30m P.M. at 218 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female, 36 years, Father: George (sic) Ritchie Fisherman (deceased), Mother: Catharine Ritchie M.S. McLeman (deceased), Cause of death: Acute Gastritis 11 days, Congestion of Brain 2 days, as Cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M., Informant: John Pirie, Widower, Registered: 1893, March 7th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  30. [S4095] National Records of Scotland, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Year 1895-1896, Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for the Year 1895-96 - Parish of Rathven, Page 373, "Special Water District of Portknockie, No. 2845, Description: House, Situation: 218 Portknockie, Proprietor: John Pirie, "Buxer", fisherman, Occupier: Proprietor, Feu-duty or Ground Annual: £0 8s 0d, Yearly Rent or Value: £4 0s 0d."
  31. [S1309] Article, 'FOR SALE, the Zulu Boat "Kingfisher", BF. 2073', Banffshire Advertiser and Buckie and Moray Firth Fishing and General Gazette, "FOR SALE, the Zulu Boat "Kingfisher", BF. 2073; keel 55 feet, Beccles steam. Apply to John Pirie "King", 428 Portknockie."
  32. [S45] John Pirie to Mary Buchan, Marriage entry, "1898 on the Twenty Seventh day of August at 12 Auldmanythie Road, Peterhead. After Banns according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland. John Pirie, Fisherman (Widower), age 47, usual residence 219 Portknockie, present residence 9 Auldmanythie Road, Peterhead, parents John Pirie, Fisherman and Helen Pirie M.S. Wood. Mary Buchan, Domestic Servant (Spinster), age 35, usual residence 12 Auldmanythie Road, Peterhead, parents William Buchan, Fisherman and Elizabeth Buchan M.S. Ritchie (deceased). James Stewart Minister of Peterhead. Alex Pirie Witness. Robert Forman Witness. Registered 1898 August 30th at Peterhead, Geo Morrice(?) assistant Registrar."
  33. [S13] 1901, Scottish Census, "John Pirie, head, married, male, age 50, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 219½ Portknockie, has 3 rooms with one or more windows."
  34. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 1049 TRIDENT
    Built in 1902 of steel by Smith's Dock Shipbuilding Company of North Shields (Yard Number 685) for Smith’s Dock Trust as THIRTY FIVE and registered in Yarmouth (YH 725).
    Dimensions:- 80 GRT. Length 80.00 ft., Breadth 18.10 ft., Depth 8.30 ft.
    16 inch compound engine by Maccoll & Pollock of Sunderland. 22 hp.
    1903 Sold to J. Pirie (Buxer), W. Pirie & A. Pirie (Beel (sic)) Portknockie, Banffshire, renamed TRIDENT and re-registered in Banff (BF 1049).
    Requisitioned for war service 1915 to 1919, temporarily renamed TRIDENT II (Pennant Number 2040) as an anti submarine net vessel fitted with a 3 pdr. anti-aircraft gun.
    2 January 1936 sold for scrap."
    Davie Mair noted that Trident II would have served in the Dardanelles.
    Ian Alexander Pirie recalled that Trident was sold for scrap to Cameron's of Peterhead for £50.
  35. [S4121] National Records of Scotland, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Year 1905-1906, Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for the Year 1905-1906 - Parish of Rathven, Page 384, "Special Water and Scavenging District of Portknockie, No. 3260, Description: House, Situation: 218 Portknockie, Proprietor: John Pirie, "King", fisherman, 428 Portknockie, Occupier: Wm Mair, joiner, Feu-duty or Ground Annual: £0 8s 0d, Yearly Rent or Value: £4 0s 0d."
  36. [S4124] National Records of Scotland, Valuation Roll, County of Banff, Year 1905-1906, Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for the Year 1905-1906 - Parish of Rathven, Page 387, "Special Water and Scavenging District of Portknockie, No. 3401, Description: House, Situation: 428 Portknockie, Proprietor: John Pirie, "King", fisherman, Occupier: Proprietor, Yearly Rent or Value: £9 0s 0d."
  37. [S41] John Pirie "King", Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "John Pirie "King", Fisherman (married to Mary Buchan, previously to Elizabeth Ritchie), died 1908, December Sixth 6h 45m P.M. at 428 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male, 58 years, Father: John Pirie "Buxer" Fisherman (deceased), Mother: Helen Pirie M.S. Wood (deceased), Cause of death: Carcinoma of small intestine, 1 year, as Cert. by T. MacHardy M.B.C.M., Informant: William Pirie, Son, 444 Portknockie (present), Registered: 1908, December 7th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  38. [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. 3771, Description: House, Situation: 428 Portknockie, Proprietor: Reps. of late John Pirie, "King", fisherman, Occupier: Widow Jno. Pirie, Yearly Rent or Value: £9 0s 0d."
  39. [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. 3772, Description: House, Situation: 428 Portknockie, Proprietor: Reps. of late John Pirie, "King", fisherman, Inhabitant Occupier not Rated: George Anderson, "Coy." "