John "Jock" Law Hume

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John "Jock" Law Hume

Death: Died in At sea - Titanic casualty
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Hume and Grace Hume
Partner of Mary Costin and Ethel McDonald
Father of Johnann Law Hume Costin and Keith Neville Hume
Brother of Nellie Hume; Grace Hume; Margaret Hume; Catherine Hume and Andrew Hume

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About John "Jock" Law Hume


  • See also The guilty secret of Jock Hume
  • Name: Mr John Law Hume
  • Born: Saturday 9th August 1890
  • Age: 29 years
  • Occupation: Musician
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 250654
  • Cabin No.: E
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 193)
  • Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912.

Mr John "Jock" Law Hume, 21, lived at 42 George Street, Dumfries.

Hume died in the sinking; his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

NO. 193 Male — Height, 5 ft. 9 in.; Weight, 145 lbs Age, about 28 Hair, Light curly; clean shaven Marks, None

CLOTHING - Light rain coat; uniform jacket with green facing and vest; purple muffler.

EFFECTS - Cigarette case; silver watch; empty purse; knife with carved pearl handle; mute; brass button with "African Royal Mail"; English lever watch.

The members of the orchestra were employed by a Liverpool firm (C.W. and F.N. Black) who had contracts with all of the steamer companies to provide musicians. Until 1912 they were paid 6 pounds and 10 shillings a month plus a monthly uniform allowance of 10 shillings. Then the rates were cut to 4 pounds a month with no uniform allowance.

On 30th April, 1912, Jock Hume's father received this short and unwelcome note from Blacks:

Dear Sir:

We shall be obliged if you will remit us the sum of 5s. 4d., which is owing to us as per enclosed statement. We shall also be obliged if you will settle the enclosed uniform account.

Yours faithfully,

C.W. & F.N. Black

The uniform account included items such as: lyre lapel insignia (2 shillings), sewing White Star buttons on tunic (1 shilling), and the total bill was 14 shillings and 7 pence.


  • Record of Bodies and Effects (#193)


  • Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia)

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr W. Theodore Ronald Brailey
  • Mr Roger Marie Bricoux
  • Mr John Frederick Preston Clarke
  • Mr Wallace Henry Hartley
  • Mr Georges Alexandre Krins
  • Mr Percy Cornelius Taylor
  • Mr John Wesley Woodward

John Hume was born in Dumfries, Scotland, on August 9, 1890. He was employed by the C.W. & F.N. Black agency and was known to have a good reputation as a musician. Hume had worked on five liners before being recruited for the Titanic and was said to be the most fun of the bunch of musicians. His body was recovered and buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a memorial was erected in Dock Park, Dumfries. His ticket number aboard the Titanic was 250654, which was the ticket number for all the members of the Titanic Band.

According to an article written by Christopher Ward (John and Mary’s grandson) in the Mail Online and updated on May 23, 2011, Mary Costin was pregnant with John’s child. Mary’s mother, Susan, told the story that in 1910, John and Mary had met at a town fair and it was love at first sight. Although they were separated frequently and his life aboard ship was lively and social, he remained true to Mary. One week before his departure on the Titanic she told him she was pregnant and he was “overjoyed”. They planned to marry when he returned.

From the beginning of their relationship John’s father felt that Mary was not good enough for John. Her father was a van driver whereas Andrew Hume was a music teacher and saw himself as a “man of position”. John’s mother has died from cancer and his father had remarried 14 months later. Since that time, the father/son relationship had been disintegrating.

When Mary went to the Hume residence to tell Andrew and his wife Alice that she was expecting John’s child, Andrew called her a slut and denied that the child was his son’s.

In fact, when he received John’s personal effects he refused to give Mary a momento. He also kept all of the hardship funds given to the victim’s dependents. He claimed he had “conclusive proof” that the child was no John’s. In answer to her appeal for funds, Mary received a letter from the Titanic Relief Fund suggesting she reapply after the birth and provide evidence of paternity.

Johnann was born October 18, 1912. Susan went to the Hume residence with the news and had the door slammed in her face. She decided to go to her employer, a lawyer, to petition to have Johnann recognized as John’s daughter. After a lengthy court battle called the “Titanic Fund Case” by the local papers, she finally was recognized. More bitterness ensued until Andrew and his wife moved away. Mary enjoyed her daughter until when she was six, when she left Johnann with Susan and departed town to marry a soldier. Mary rarely saw her daughter and died of tuberculosis at the age of 32. Johnann lived a full life, married, had two children and died at the age of 83. - See more at:

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John "Jock" Law Hume's Timeline

August 9, 1890
November 2, 1911
Age 21
April 15, 1912
Age 21
At sea - Titanic casualty
October 18, 1912
Age 21