William Mair

M, #2785, b. 16 July 1871, d. 10 August 1938
     William Mair was born on 16 July 1871 at Seagate, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of William Mair and Ann Mair. His family was known by the tee-name of "Shavie" or "Shavie Watt". William Mair was known as 'Billy Watt.3' William Mair was a fisherman. He married Jessie Ann Strachan at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 10 December 1897.2 He was the informant for James Strachan Mair's birth at 314 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 21 November 1900.4,2
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at 314 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Mair, head; Jessie Mair, wife; William Mair, son; James S Mair, son; Mary Strachan, sister-in-law.5
He was the informant for Robert Mair's birth at 314 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 May 1914.6 From 1919, William Mair, John Wood and W. Pirie owned the steam drifter 'Lively' BF 262.7
The Buckie and District Directory for 1925 shows that William Mair lived at 16 Station Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.8
The Buckie and District Directory for 1925 shows that William Mair and others owned the steam drifter BF 262 Lively.9
William died on 10 August 1938 at sea, 6 miles WNW Of Dunnet Head, in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, at age 67. William Mair "Shavie" drowned when the drifter 'Arradoul' BCK 127 collided with the trawler 'Rosskeen' off Dunnet Head in dense fog and sank. Seven of her crew were picked up by the trawler but the remaining 4 were drowned.2

Children of William Mair and Jessie Ann Strachan

Citations

  1. [S2145] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "William Mair, male. Birth: 16 JUL 1871 Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland. Father: William Mair. Mother: Ann Mair."
  2. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  3. [S2659] David Mair "Shavie", Neil Alexander Pirie, Telephone conversation with Davie Mair "Shavie", 23 April 2008.
  4. [S3291] James Strachan Mair, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "James Strachan Mair, 1900, November Twenty-First 9h 15m A.M. at 314 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: William Mair "Shavie", Fisherman. Mother: Jessie Ann Mair M.S. Strachan, married 1897, December 10th in Seafield. Informant: William Mair, Father. Registered: 1900, November 30th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  5. [S4017] 1901, Scottish Census, "William Mair, head, married, male, age 29, born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, fisherman, resident at 314 Portknockie."
  6. [S4114] Robert Mair, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Robert Mair, 1914, May Second 10h P.M. at 314 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Male. Father: William Mair "Shavie", Fisherman. Mother: Jessie Mair M. S. Strachan, married 1897 December 10th in Seafield. Informant: William Mair Shavie, Father. Registered: 1914, May 15th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  7. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 262 LIVELY
    Built in 1903 of steel by Smith's Dock Shipbuilding Company of North Shields (Yard Number 728) for A. Bremner, Wick and registered in Wick (WK 643).
    Dimensions:- 79 GRT. Length 80.00 ft., Breadth 18.10 ft., Depth 8.30 ft.
    16 inch compound engine by Shields Engineering Company. 30 hp.
    1906 Sold to A. Thomson, Buckie and re-registered in Banff (BF 262).
    1914 Sold to J. Archibald, Buckie.
    1919 Sold to W. Mair (known as Bill Watt), John Wood & W. Pirie, Portknockie, Banffshire.
    Requisitioned for war service 1915 to 1919, temporarily renamed (May 1916) LIVELY II (Pennant Number 2501) as an anti submarine net vessel fitted with a 6 pdr. gun.
    17 February 1936 sold for scrap."
  8. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1925, page 77: PORTKNOCKIE, "Mair, William, 16 Station Street", page 114: PORTKNOCKIE, STATION STREET, "16, William Mair, "Shavie Watt.""
  9. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1925, page 134: PORTKNOCKIE STEAMERS AND DRIFTERS, "BF 262, 30 Tons, Boat's Name: Lively, Owner's Name and Address: Wm. Mair and others, 16 Station Street."