William Pirie

M, #48, b. 6 January 1880, d. 30 June 1943
William Pirie (1880-1943)
     William Pirie was born on 6 January 1880 at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Pirie and Elizabeth Ritchie. His family was known by the tee-name of "Buxer". William Pirie's father, 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 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.2
His family was known by the tee-name of "King". His father, John Pirie, was then identified with the tee-name "King" in the 1891 Census. "Buxer" was the tee-name of William's grandfather's family and "King" was the tee-name of his grandmother's family. In the 1926 Directory of Portknockie, William was identified with the tee-name "King". William was usually called "Beel."
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1891 census at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. 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.3
William Pirie was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son 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.4
From 1903, John Pirie, William Pirie and Alexander Pirie owned the steam drifter 'Trident' BF 1049.5 He married Joan Duthie Buchan at Bon Accord Hotel, Market street, Aberdeen, Scotland, on 17 December 1903.6
The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1905-1906 shows that William Pirie "King" was owner occupier of 444 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.7 He was the informant for Mary Stella Pirie's birth at 444 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 25 July 1908.8,9 He was the informant for, and present at, John Pirie's death at 428 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 6 December 1908.10
He was listed as head of household in the 1911 census at 444 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Pirie, head; Johann Pirie, wife; Elizabeth Pirie, daughter; Mary Stella Pirie, daughter; Hellen W. Pirie, daughter; Elizabeth Pirie, sister.11

The Valuation Roll for the County of Banff for Year 1915-1916 shows that William Pirie "King" was owner occupier of 444 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.12 They was a witness at Alexander Pirie "King" and Margaret Helen Cheyne's wedding at 3 King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, on 13 September 1923.13
The Buckie and District Directory for 1925 shows that William Pirie lived at 10 Seafield Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.14
The Buckie and District Directory for 1925 shows that William Pirie and brother Alexander Pirie owned the steam drifter BF 1049 Trident.15
He was a witness at James Pirie and Catharine Mair's wedding at 2 Commerce Street, Elgin, Moray, Scotland, on 11 March 1926.16,17,18 William Pirie died on 30 June 1943 at sea, 10 miles NE of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at age 63.19,20,21 His body was interred on 3 July 1943 at Portknockie, Moray, Scotland, at Lair No. 1539, Hillhead cemetery.22

Children of William Pirie and Joan Duthie Buchan

Citations

  1. [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."
  2. [S23] 1881, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, son, unmarried, male, age 1, born in Banff, Rathven, fisherman's son, resident at 219 Portknockie."
  3. [S14] 1891, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, son, male, age 11, born in Rathven, Banffshire, scholar, resident at 218 Portknockie."
  4. [S13] 1901, Scottish Census, "Wm Pirie, son, male, age 21, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 219½ Portknockie."
  5. [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.
  6. [S100] William Pirie to Joan Duthie Buchan, Statutory Register of Marriages, "1903 on the Seventeenth of December at Bonaccord Hotel, Market Street, Aberdeen, after Banns according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland. William Pirie, fisherman (bachelor), 23 years, resident at 428 Portknockie, Rathven, Father: John Pirie, fisherman, Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie (deceased). Joan Buchan, domestic servant (spinster), 22 years, resident at 12 Almanythie Road, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Father: William Buchan, fisherman, Mother: Elizabeth Buchan M.S Strachan (deceased). Minister: James McIntyre, Minister of Seafield. Alexander Pirie, witness. Alexander Duthie, witness. Registered: 1903 December 17th at Aberdeen, W A Ellis Assistant Registrar."
  7. [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. 3417, Description: House, Situation: 444 Portknockie, Proprietor: William Pirie, "King", Occupier: Building, Feu-Duty or Ground Annual: £1 2s 0d."
  8. [S2048] Mary Stella Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Mary Stella Pirie, 1908, July Twenty Fifth 4h 0m A.M. at 444 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female. Father: William Pirie, Fisherman. Mother: Joan Pirie M. S. Buchan, married 1903 December 17th in Aberdeen. Informant: William Pirie, Father. Registered: 1908, August 10th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  9. [S775] Joan Ritchie (née Wiseman) and Louise Ritchie, St. Combs, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Information kindly supplied by Joan Ritchie of St. Combs, Scotland.
  10. [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."
  11. [S4053] 1911, Scottish Census, "William Pirie, head, male, age 31, married, fisherman in fishing industry, employer, born in Banff, Portknockie, resident at 444 Portknockie, 4 rooms with one or more windows, 6 persons in house."
  12. [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. 3792, Description: House, Situation: 444 Portknockie, Proprietor: William Pirie, "King", Occupier: Proprietor, Feu-Duty or Ground Annual: £1 2s 0d, Yearly Rent or Value: £10 0s 0d."
  13. [S421] Alexander Pirie, Margaret Helen Cheyne, "1923 On the Thirteenth day of September at 3 King Street, Aberdeen. By declaration in the presence of William Pirie, 10 Seafield Street, Portknockie and William Cheyne, Knock Croft, Stuartfield, Old Deer. Alexander Pirie, Fisherman (widower), 39 years, resident at 28 Seafield Street, Portknockie, Father: John Pirie, Fisherman (dec), Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie (dec). Margaret Helen Cheyne, Nurse (spinster), 35 years, resident at Knock Croft, Stuartfield, Father: William Cheyne, Draper (dec), Mother: Margaret Cheyne M.S Watson. Warrant of Sheriff substitute of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff dated 13th September 1923. Registered 1923 September 17th at Aberdeen. T W Whitchell Assistant Registrar. Extracted from The Register Book of Marriages for the District of St. Nicolas in the Burgh of Aberdeen this 20th day of September 1923."
  14. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1925, page 77: PORTKNOCKIE, "Pirie, William, 10 Seafield Street", page 113: PORTKNOCKIE, SEAFIELD STREET, "10, Wm. Pirie, "King.""
  15. [S727] Buckie and District Directory, 1925, page 134: PORTKNOCKIE STEAMERS AND DRIFTERS, "BF 1049, 34 Tons, Boat's Name: Trident, Owner's Name and Address: W & A Pirie, 10 Seafield Street."
  16. [S1356] James Pirie, Catherine Mair, "1926, on the Eleventh day of March, at 2 Commerce Street, Elgin. By declaration, in the presence of William Pirie, 10 Seafield Street, Portknockie, and John Mair, Station Road, Portknockie. James Pirie, Fisherman (Bachelor), 22 years, resident at 10 Seafield Street, Portknockie, Father: John Pirie, Fisherman (deceased), Mother: Mary Pirie M.S. Buchan. Catherine Mair, Fish Worker (Spinster), 21 years, resident at Station Road, Portknockie, Father: John Mair, Fisherman, Mother: Elsie Mair M.S Runcie. Warrant of Sheriff-substitute of Elginshire, dated 11th March 1926. Registered 1926 March 11th at Elgin. Alex. Allan Registrar."
  17. [S1332] Mary Laing, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Mary Laing of Dinnet, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
  18. [S777] Anne Elizabeth Mair, Neil Alexander Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Anne Mair of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  19. [S3936] William Pirie, Return of Deaths reported to the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894, "Name of Ship: Provider. Official Number: A/530. Date of Death: 30/6/43. Place of Death: 10 miles N.E. of Aberdeen. Name and Surname of Deceased: William Pirie. Sex: Male. Age: 63. Rank or Rating, Profession or Occupation: 2nd Hand. Nationality (stating Birthplace): British, Portknockie. Last Place of Abode: 22 Seafield St, Portknockie. Cause of Death: Drowned. Passenger or Member of Crew: Crew. 781."
  20. [S726] Article, 'FISHERMAN DROWNED', Banffshire Advertiser and Buckie and Moray Firth Gazette, "FISHERMAN DROWNED - While the motor boat Provider was shooting nets on the East Coast last Wednesday, Mr W. Pirie, of 10 Seafield Street, Portknockie, fell overboard. All efforts to save him failed, and it was not until Thursday that another vessel found the body. The funeral, which took place to Hillhead Cemetery on Saturday, was largely attended. Mr Pirie was 64 years of age, and leaves a widow, one son and two daughters."
  21. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  22. [S105] William Pirie, Lair Record, "Lairs 1537 and 1539 purchased by William Pirie, Fisherman of Portknockie, on 05/10/1912. Lair 1539, Name: William Pirie, Profession: Fisherman, Relationship: Self, Age: 63, Interred: 03/07/1943". There is no monument to William Pirie.