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Eyemouth Disaster 1881 - Berwickshire, Scotland

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The Eyemouth disaster happened when a European windstorm struck the south-eastern coast of Scotland (Berwickshire), on 14 October 1881. One hundred and eighty-nine fishermen, mostly from the village of Eyemouth, were drowned. Many citizens of Eyemouth call the day Black Friday.

Image right - The granite memorial in Eyemouth, depicting a broken sailing mast - By Walter Baxter, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wiki Commons

Casualties

  • Eyemouth - 129
  • Burnmouth - 24
  • Newhaven - 17
  • Cove - 11
  • Fisherrow - 7
  • Coldingham Shore - 3

Some boats that had not capsized were wrecked on the Hurkar Rocks. Many houses were also destroyed. It would be good to link the men listed below to family trees on Geni.
//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/f2/30/96/6f/5344484cd1b759e5/eyemouth_disaster_memorial_at_cove_original.jpgMemorial at Cove

Cove is a village in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, close to Cockburnspath, Dunglass, Innerwick, Oldhamstocks, Bilsdean

Image By Kim Traynor - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons

Article transcription Berwickshire News Report TUESDAY, 18 October, 1881

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I would like to thank collaborator Thad Thomas, who has done extensive research into the disaster, for making available to me census returns and other documents which help to clarify families and relationships. He has loaded various documents to the project of interest. His input is invaluable. CJB

This project will hopefully in time reflect an accurate record of the extended families affected by the disaster, adding sources and references to support the findings. Trees created are often small and isolated, but because of the relatively small community these will probably be linked to each other once more research is done.

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Three newspaper reports have been shared in the project documents by Thad Thomas -

  • 19 October 1881 - Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland). (1881)
  • 18 October 1881 - Berwickshire New. (1881)
  • 25 October 1881 - Berwickshire New. (1881)

These include information about various people listed, bodies recovered and funerals that took place.


Listing from Peter Aitchison's Book Children of the Sea and website Listing of Individuals who Perished

The have been various discrepancies found whilst carrying out research into the families of the men listed - those entries marked //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg have explanatory notes at the end of the project.

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Notes from the website - The names listed (below) are taken from a copy of the Berwickshire News October 18, 1881. The compiler of that list (treehawk) notes that he added names and relations where possible. The children listed came from relief rolls and only include boys under 14 years old and girls under 15 years old. Other children may have been a part of the family but over that age. He also says that some of the names and the ages also come from the tapestry which is on display at the Eyemouth Museum.

Additional notes and contributions were added to the website by various people and are noted *** in the text below. Further notes found through research by collaborators on this project are added under "Further Notes" with the initials of the contributors.



Bold links are to profiles on Geni. Other links are to pages elsewhere.

Eyemouth Boats and Men

HARMONY

Book Notes - 6 men lost in East entrance of Eyemouth bay. Website notes - all on board perished in Eyemouth Harbour as their loved ones watch helplessly from the shore.

  • Peter Angus 32 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book Notes - aged 31 left a widow and daughter Helen<Website notes - left widow, 5 children (according to Aitchison's book just one daughter Helen), brother of William
  • William Angus 35 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book Notes - Brother of Peter, aged 32. His pregnant widow Mary or Margaret Craig gave birth to Margaret on 16 Jul 1882. Other dependant children - William, Matilda, Helen, George, Mary and James. Website notes - left widow Mary or Margaret Craig, a daughter Margaret was born 16 Jul 1882 and 6? other children - William, Matilda, Helen, George and Mary
  • Henry Angus 53 Book notes Uncle of above men, aged 53. Left widow Jane Owens or Ovens and son James. Website notes - left widow Jane Owens, mostly grown up family, 1 dependant son James, uncle of William and Peter
  • James Ward 29 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book Notes - Left a widow Mary Angus and daughter Sarah

Website notes - left widow Jane Owens, mostly grown up family, 1 dependant son James, uncle of William and Peter

Further notes CJB - brother in law of skipper, left widow Mary Angus, 1 child - daughter Sarah

  • George Cribbes 55 Book notes - left a widow and son George. Two of his other sons died in the Disaster - Alexander in Forget Me Not and James aged 25 in Good Intent. Website notes - left widow Agnes Bird, 1 dependant son George, grown up family, 2 sons lost in disaster Alexander (Forget Me Not) and James (Good Intent)

Further Notes widow - Agnes Bird

  • Alexander Craig 37 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book Notes - No noted dependants.Website notes - single.

Further notes CJB parents George Craig and Elizabeth Burgan. Uncle William Craig.


RADIANT, of Eyemouth

Book Notes - 6 men lost in East Entrance to Eyemouth bay. Website notes - all on board perished in Eyemouth Harbour as their loved ones watch helplessly from the shore.

  • John Windram 57. Book notes - Left a widow Alison Renton and children Andrew, Margaret and Alexander. Website note - left widow Alison Renton, with a family mostly grown up, children Andrew, Margaret, Alexander

Further notes widow Alison Renton

  • James Crombie 37 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg. Book notes - Left a widow Alison Fairbairn and children John and Agnes. Website notes - left widow Alison Fairbairn, 2 children - John & Agnes

Further Notes CJB - son of Robert Crombie (deceased) and Agnes Dougal.

  • William Gray 36 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Mary Wilks and children John, Alice, Isabella and Mary. Website notes left widow Mary Wilks, 4 children - John, Alice, Isabella and Mary
  • John Burgon 30 Book notes No dependants notes Website notes - single, son of Alex Burgon a survivor on the Ariel Gazelle

Further notes CJB - not to be confused with John Burgan who was aboard Blossom - although he had a father of the same name.

  • David Fairbairn 37 Book notes - No dependants noted. Website notes -single, brother of John below
  • John Fairbairn 35 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - No dependants noted. Website notes - left widow Mary Crombie, 4 children - John, James, Alexander & Jane

Further notes CJB Married to Mary Crombie; Father James Fairbairn, Fisherman Informant); Mother Agnes Fairnbairn M.S. Burgan.

Further notes CJB Single, Father James Fairbairn, Fisherman Informant); Mother Agnes Fairnbairn M.S. Burgan.

Further Book notes The three men above were brothers. Their elderly parents, James Fairbairn and Agnes Burgon watched them all fail and drown from their vantage point on the shore when the boat was wrecked in the bay. In April 1884 James made an application for help from the relief fund which was turned down. 'He is too old for the fishing, his wife too frail. He lost three sons - two of them unmarried and living with him - at his own door he saw two of them perish. Now another son Paul has left to be married and his final son may soon do likewise'. Old James Fairbairn was forced back to the sea. Further Note - Paul and one other son was not involved in the disaster. See Fairbairn Family "Alexander was born on 11 December 1853 in Eyemouth, Berwickshire, the sixth child of James Fairbairn and Agnes Burgon. His father James was born on 12 May 1819 in Cockburnspath and died on 30 January 1905 in Eyemouth. His mother Agnes was born around 1817 in Eyemouth".



PRESS HOME, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Six men lost in the east entrance to Eyemouth bay. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • Andrew Collin 36 Book notes Left a widow Elizabeth Stott, sister to the three brothers drowned on the boat. Andrew was also brother of Joseph Collin, drowned on Fiery Cross. Website notes - left widow Elizabeth Stott (sister of 3 Stotts on this boat), Andrew's brother James lost on Fiery Cross
  • Leonard Dougal 18 Book notes - No noted dependants. His brother James Dougal was lost on the Lily-of-the-Valley. Website notes - single, brother James lost on Lily of the Valley, nephew of James Lough lost on the Lily of the Valley
  • James Dougal 23 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Website note single - not listed in Aitchison's book

Further Notes CJB - father John Dougal, mother Jane Maltman. His father was lost on Invincible

  • George Windram 25 (24) //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes No noted dependants. Two of his brothers John and James died on the Six Brothers Website notes - single, 2 brothers John and James lost on Six Brothers, uncle John lost on Radiant - not listed in the paper
  • Robert Stott 26 Book notes - Left widow Ann Ready who gave birth to a girl, Bridget, on 17 February 1882. Website notes - married a week ago, left widow Ann Ready, daughter Bridget born 17 Feb 1882
  • John Stott 22 Book notes No noted dependants. Website notes single, brother of above
  • James Stott 20 Book notes No noted dependants. Website notes single, brother of above

Further book notes - The three above were bothers. Their father William Stott sailed and survived the disaster. None of the bodies of the Stott brothers were ever found Further website notes - Stotts were sons of William Stott a survivor of the disaster. Bodies were never found.

Further notes Robert, John and James Stott were sons of William Stott (1827-1871) and Alison Maltman (1827-1871) a survivor of the disaster. Bodies were never found.



JANET, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Six men lost at Burnmouth Website notes - all on board lost:

  • John Maltman 45. Book notes - His wife, Janet Burgon or Wendram was already dead. His younger children, William and Janet were rendered orphans. Website notes - widower of Janet Windram or Burgon, children William and Jane orphans

ScotlandsPeople MALTMAN JOHN 45 1881 739/ 56 Eyemouth

  • Alexander Maltman 22 Book notes son of above. Left a widow Ann Peterson who gave birth to Alexandrina on 13th February 1882. Also has another child, John. Website notes son of the above, left widow Ann Paterson, daughter Alexandrina b. 13 Feb 1882
  • Robert Maltman 20 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Brother of Alex and son of John. No noted dependants.

Further notes CJB Single Father John Maltman (deceased) Mother Janet Windram (deceased) Informant James Maltman, uncle

  • George Maltman 17 Book notes Cousin of Alex and Robert. No noted dependants. Website notes nephew of above John, single;

Further notes - (Father William, mother Janet Storey) Scotlands People - MALTMAN GEORGE 17 1881 739/ 47 Eyemouth

  • Henry Bolton Young 47 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - named HENRY BOLTON in book. Left a widow Rosina Borthwick who gave birth to Johnston Borthwick Young on 7 July 1882. Their children were Henry, Elizabeth, David and John. Rosina Borthwick's brother Johnston Borthwick died on the Margaret and Catherine. Website notes - HENRY YOUNG left widow Rosina Borthwick, son Johnston Borthwick Young b. 7 Jul 1882, other children Henry, Elizabeth, David, and John. Rosina's brother Johnston Borthwick lost on Margaret and Catherine.

Further notes Children of Henry Bolton Young and first wife Isabelle Young (also her maiden name) b. 1832 d. 1875, James b. 1855, Archibald b.1856, Isabella b. 1858 d. 1931, Robert b. 1860, Henry b. 1862, George b.1864 and Elizabeth b. 1867, (Baikie) Rebecca b. 1865 d. 1936.

  • Thomas Swanston 19 Book notes No noted dependants. His father William Swanston sailed and survived. Website notes - single; father William Swanston sailed and survived

LILY OF THE VALLEY, of Eyemouth

Book notes Six men lost at Burnmouth Website notes all on board lost:

  • Thomas Miller 37 Book notes Left a widow Catherine Waddell who gave birth to Thomas on 14 March 1882. Their older children were Catherine, James, Jane and Maggie. When their mother died in 1891 the eldest daughter took charge of the family and received an allowance from the relief committee, Website notes - left widow Catherine Waddell (d.1891), son Thomas b. 14 Mar 1882, other children Catherine, James, Jane and Maggie
  • James Lough 40 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow and John aged 12, Euphemia, who died who died on 19 January 1884. Helen ahed 9, Mary 7, Jane one year. James was the father of Laffy, who did not sail on Disaster Day though he wanted to. Website notes - left widow, Catherine Maltman children James "Laffy", John 12, Euphemia (d. 19 Jan 1884), Helen 9, Mary 7, Jane 1 - James Jr. was supposed to sail but was in Edinburgh with wedding party of David Stevenson's daughter Elizabeth and Matthew Crawford
  • Robert Lough 38 Book notes Left a widow Agnes Cribbes or Lough, who gave birth to Robert on March 26 1882. Their other dependant child was Alice Lough who died on 4 November 1887. Website notes left widow Agnes Cribbes, children, Agnes, son Robert b. 26 Mar 1882, daughter Alice/Alison (d. 4 Nov 1887).

Further notes CJB Agnes later married James Dougall and had a further three children. Agnes's father, George Cribbes was lost on the Harmony, her brother Alexander on the Forget-me-Not and James on the Good Intent.

  • David Ritchie 34 Book notes Left a widow who gave birth to Helen Ritchie on 30 July 1882, the last posthumous baby to be born. Their other dependant children were David aged 10 and Mary, 3 Website notes *** left widow Margaret Pae, 5 children - Jane 13, David 9, Robert 7, Mary 5 and Emily 3 - daughter Helen/Ellen b. 1882 (thanks to Dr. David Richardson)
  • James Dougal 23 (24)//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow Margaret Collins who gave birth to Jamesina Dougal on 16 December 1881. James's brother Leonard died on the Press Home Website notes left widow Margaret Collins, daughter Jamesina b.16 Dec 1881, brother Leonard lost on Press Home

Further notes CJB The birth registration of Jamesina Dougal 1st December 1881, father, James Dougal, who married Margaret Collins on 15th August 1881, the son of Leonard Dougal. The informant for the birth was Grandfather George Collin (Certificate found in tree on Ancestry.co.uk) but the Death registration for James confirms the names of James's father, wife and mother.

FORGET-ME-NOT, of Eyemouth

Book note Seven men lost near Berwick. Website note - all on board lost:

Body recovered - funeral reported 23rd Oct Berwickshire News
Further Notes CJB William was the son of Jane Spence and her first husband Andrew Nisbet.

  • Alexander Nisbet 37. //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow Ann Nisbet , children Alexander aged 12, Robert aged 11, William 9 and Jessie who was born on October 3 1881, the last child to be born before the disaster. Website notes - left widow Ann Nisbet, 6 children including Alexander 12, Robert 11, William 9, Jessie b. 3 Oct 1881

Further notes CJB William and Alexander Nisbet were 1st Cousins. Their fathers were brothers.

  • Robert Collin 41 Book notes No noted dependants Website note single
  • James Simpson 17. //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book note No noted dependants Website note - single

Further notes CJB - single, Father David Simpson, shoemaker (Informant) Mother Helen Simpson M.S. Paterson (deceased). His uncle Paul Paterson was lost on on Florida

Website notes - newspaper lists these last two as on Janet, but tapestry and Aitchison's book say they were on this boat

  • Andrew Dougal 33 Book notes Left a widow Isabella Paterson and children John and Ann. Website notes - left widow Isabella Paterson, 3(?) children including John and Ann
  • Alexander Cribbes 31. Book notes - Left a widow Elizabeth Robertson. His father George Cribbes drowned on the Harmony, his brother James died on the Good Intent Website Note - left widow Elizabeth Robertson and 2 children?, father George lost on Harmony, brother James lost on Good Intent
  • William Scott 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left widow Isabella Cowe. She gave birth to a son William Nisbet Scott on May 16 1882. The boy subsequently died on 15 February 1884. Website notes - left widow Isabella Cowe, son William Nisbet Scott b. 16 May 1882 (d. 15 Feb 1884), 3 children

Body recovered - funeral reported 23rd Oct Berwickshire News



WAVE, of Eyemouth

Six men lost near Berwick

  • Peter Paterson 49, //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book Notes - His wife, Isabella Young was already dead, rendering their children - Ann, Robert, Hugh and James - orphans. Website notes skipper & owner, widower of Isabella Young, 5 children, Ann, Robert, Hugh and James orphaned

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Further notes CJB - Widower of CORRECTION Isabella Aitchison who died on 17th August 1881 after an accident to her foot and subsequent tetanus. At the time of the 1881 Census there were 6 children listed -

  1. John - 16 (see below who was the informant on her death registration),
  2. Alexander - 15,
  3. Archibald - 13,
  4. Peter - 10,
  5. Hugh - 7 and
  6. James 5.

The informant on Peter Senior's death registration was his brother James.

In 1891 Archibald aged23, still a fisherman, is head of the family with his sister Annie housekeeper; Peter and Hugh are fishermen and James unemployed.

  • John Paterson 17 Book Notes - son of the above, aged 17. No noted dependants. Website notes - single, his son

Further notes CJB - son of Peter above and Isabella Aitchison

  • Peter Burgon 42 Book Notes - No noted dependants. Website Note - single
  • Robert Johnston 40 Book Notes -Left a widow and children Janet, Margaret and Georginna. Also and adult dependant, Alex Johnston. Website notes - left widow Janet Johnston, 7 or 8 children including Janet, Margaret, Georgina & Alex
  • David Johnston 19 Book Notes - son of the above, aged 19. No noted dependants. Website notes - single, eldest son of above
  • John Hastie 34 Book Notes - Left a widow and children James, Grace, Alexander and Josephine. Website notes - left a widow and children James, Grace, Alexander and Josephine

BLOSSOM, from Eyemouth

Book notes Five men lost in Goswick Bay. Website notes - found with only 2 men on board, 1 alive, 1 dead, others lost at sea:

  • George Dougal 40 Book note Left a widow and son Andrew. Website notes left widow and dependant son Andrew, 3 of family
  • William Young 51. Book notes Left a widow Euphemia Collins and children Christina and Ann. His son James was lost on Fiery Cross Website notes left widow Euphemia Collins and children Christina and Ann, son James lost on Fiery Cross.

Further notes CJB Brother of Henry Bolton Young who died on "Janet"

  • John Burgan 44 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes No noted dependants. Website notes - single; brother of Charles on Lass O'Gowrie Thanks to Adrian Storrie***

Further notes CJB - John's brother Charles was also lost - aboard Blossom. His brother-in-law was Thomas Fisher lost on "Guiding Star"

  • William Crombie 26 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow Mary Waters who gave birth to Thomas on 23 June 1882 Website notes left widow Mary Waters, son Thomas b. 23 Jun 1882
  • Robert Young 20 Book notes No noted dependants Website note single

Book notes - David Stevenson 50 Book notes ...is the sole crewman who survives. He was dragged ashore at Goswick. Stevenson had celebrated his daughter's wedding on the morning of Black Friday. Website notes - sole survivor, skipper, daughter Elizabeth married Matthew Crawford the morning of the disaster, daughter Rebecca



BEAUTIFUL STAR, Eyemouth

Book notes Seven men lost at sea Website note - all on board lost:

  • George Scott 54 Book notes - His three sons drowned with him. Widow Effie Scott. Website notes left widow Effie Scott who died Feb 1882 of broken heart, 3 sons drowned with him

Further note CJB widow (Euphemia Whillis)

  • John Scott 26 Book notes son of George Scott. No noted dependants Website notes son of above, single
  • George Scott 23 Book notes son of George Scott. No noted dependants Website notes son of above, single
  • William Scott 21 Book notes Son of George Scott. Left widow and children Jane, Alexander and Margaret Website notes son of above, left widow and children Jane, Alexander and Margaret
  • Robert Collin 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow Isabella Windram who gave birth to Robert George Collin on 1 December 1881. He was brother to Thomas and James who died on Myrtle and to Alexander who died on Sunshine. Four brothers killed. Website notes - left widow Isabella Windram, son Robert George b. 1 Dec 1881, brothers Thomas and James lost on Myrtle and brother Alexander lost on Sunshine
  • James Broomfield 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow, and children John, William and Robert. His brother, John, was lost on Sunshine Website notes left widow and children William, John and Robert, brother John lost on Sunshine
  • Edward Fisher (Cowel) 24 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes No noted dependants Website notes single



INDUSTRY, of Eyemouth

Book notes Seven men lost at sea Website notes all on board lost:

  • Andrew Cowe 52 Book notes Left a widow and children Robert and Catherine. Website notes left widow and children Robert and Catherine, son of John (d.1853) and Jean Cowe

Further notes CJB widow Isabella Rae

  • James Paterson 48 (47) //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow Jane Aitchison (Formerly Dougal) who gave birth to Margaret Patterson on 14 December 1881. Their other children were Ann Aitchison and James Aitchison aged 11 (from previous marriage to John Aitchison who drowned of Shields in 1872), and John Paterson (aged 6m in 1881). Website notes left widow Jane Aitchison (formerly Dougal), daughter Margaret b. 14 Dec 1881, other children John Paterson, Ann Aitchison and James Aitchison (last 2 children of Jane and former husband John Aitchison who drowned in 1872), s/o William & Margaret Craig Paterson, buried Eyemouth Cemetery

Further Notes CJB - aka in records as Patterson; His wife Jane was previously married to John Aitchison; James was the son of William Paterson and Margaret Craig. The daughter born on 14 Dec 1881 was Margaret Craig Paterson

  • William Paterson 17 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Son of James Paterson. No noted dependants. Website notes single, son of above James Paterson, buried Eyemouth Cemetery

CJB - According to his death registration William was the illegitimate son of James (above) and Margaret Crawford. George Paterspn, brother of James, was the informant on both registrations. Neither of their bodies were found.

  • Thomas Scott 21 Book notes no noted dependants. Website notessingle
  • Andrew Craig 52 Book notes Left a widow Agnes Hair and children Peter, Jane, Agnes, Mary and John. Website notes left widow Agnes Hair and children Peter, Jane, Agnes, Joan and Mary
  • James Dougal 43 Book notes Left a widow who gave birth to Jamesina Dougal on 16 December 1881 (two days after Margaret Paterson, wife of fellow crewman, James Paterson, gave birth to Margaret). Their other dependent child was Mary-Ann Website notes left widow, daughter Jamesina b.16 Dec 1881, Mary-Ann
  • Thomas Spouse 40 Book notes Left a widow Website notes left widow


FIERY CROSS, of Eyemouth

Book notes Seven men lost at sea Website notes all on board lost:

  • Robert Collin 45 (46) //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes Left a widow Helen Windram who gave birth to Robertina after the Disaster. Other dependent children Ann, Helen, James and William. He is the brother-in-law of James Windram, drowned in Enterprise. Website notes left widow Helen Windram, daughter Robertina b. after disaster, Ann, Helen, James, William, brother in law James Windram lost on the Enterprise

Further notes CJB widow - Helen Windram,

  • William Collin 43 Book notes brother of Robert, above, aged 43. Left a widow and daughter Ann. Website notes - brother of above, widow and daughter Ann
  • John Cowe 41 Book notes Left a widow Euphemia Nisbet who gave birth to William after the Disaster. The boy died on 12 June 1882. The other dependent children were Euphemia, Peter and John. Website notes left widow Euphemia Nisbet, son William b. after disaster (d. 12 Jun 1882), Euphemia, Peter and John.
  • James Young 24 Book notes Left a widow Margaret Stewart. His father William Young died on the Blossom. Website notes - widow Margaret Stewart, father William Young lost on the Blossom
  • Joseph Collin 41 Book notes Left a widow Elizabeth Cormack and nine dependent children, more than any other of those lost in the Disaster. They were James, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Euphemia, Thomas, Margaret and Andrew. Joseph's brother Andrew was drowned on the Press Home. Website notes. - left widow Elizabeth Cormack and children James, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Euphemia, Thomas, Margaret and Andrew, brother Andrew lost on Press Home, cousin of above Robert and William, s/o James & Mary Dougal Collin, buried Eyemouth Cemetery
  • Hugh Grant 38 Book notes - Leaves widow Mary Robertson who gives birth to James on 7 May 1882. Their other dependent children were Mary, Hugh, John, George and Joseph. Website notes - left widow Mary Robertson, son James b. 7 May 1882, Mary, Hugh, John, George and Joseph
  • Robert Wilson 34 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single

Further notes CJB - father Alexander; mother Helen Collin - not expanded yet. Small tree




MYRTLE, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Seven men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • William Hood 43 Book notes - His wife, Alison Carson was already dead, leaving his son William as an orphan. Website notes - widower of Alison Carson, son William an orphan
  • John Hood 18 Book notes - son of William Hood, above. No noted dependants. Website notes - eldest son of above, single
  • George Bone 41 Book notes - son of George Bone. Left a widow Margaret Storey and children Thomas and Isabella. Website notes - left widow Margaret Storey, children Thomas and Isabella
  • George Bone 17 Book notes - Son of George Bone above. No noted dependants. Website notes - eldest son of above, single
  • James Purves or Purvis 51 Book notes - Left a widow Jane Mack. Website notes - left widow Jane Mack after almost 20 years of marriage, had 3 illegitimate children together before they married at Lamberton Toll, daughter Maggie, son-in-law James Lough
  • Thomas Collin 24 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Helen Colston who gave birth to Isabella on 20 February 1882. Their other dependent children were Helen Hastie, Margaret Hastie and Alex Collin. (Helen Colston's first husband Joseph Hastie was drowned in 1875). Website notes - left widow Helen Colston, daughter Isabella b. 20 Feb 1882, other children Alex, Helen Hastie and Margaret Hastie (last two children of Helen's first husband Joseph Hastie who drowned 1875)
  • James Collin 21 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Brother of Thomas Collin, above. No noted dependants. another brother, Alexander, died on the Sunshine while Robert was killed on Beautiful. Website notes - brother of above, single, brother Alexander lost on the Sunshine and brother Robert lost on the Beautiful Star.



GUIDING STAR, Eyemouth

Book notes - Seven men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • Henry Dougal 38 Book notes - Left a widow and children George, Alexander, Margaret, Mary-Ann and Henry. Website notes - left widow and children George, Alexander, Margaret, Mary-Ann and Henry

He was married to Margaret Burgan her brother Andrew Burgan was married to Mary Chrystal, sister of Ann Christal, widow of James Windram.

  • John Dougal 28 Book notes - Brother of Henry Dougal, above. Left a widow Jessie Purves who gave birth to Jessie Hood Dougal on November 9 1881. Jessie's father James Purves drowned on the Myrtle. Website notes - brother of above, left widow Jessie Purves (her father was James Purves lost on the Myrtle), daughter Jessie Hood Dougal b. 9 Nov 1881
  • William Maltman 35 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow who gave birth to Johnsena Maltman on 25 July 1882. Their other dependent children were Janet, David and Maggie. Website notes - left widow, daughter Johnsena b. 25 Jul 1882 other children Janet, David and Magiie

Scotlands People MALTMAN WILLIAM 35 1881 739/X 15 Eyemouth
Further Notes CJB His brother-in-law, George Collin, was lost on Six Brothers

  • George Dougal, 25; //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg his death registration gives his father as Andrew (who survived and was the informant for both his sons Alexander - lost aboard Onward - and George). His mother was Margaret Wood. He was married to Janet Paterson. At the time of the 1881 Census there were two children - Andrew 4 and Margaret 1m.

Only two George Dougals were registered -

  • DOUGAL GEORGE 40 1881 739/X 37 Eyemouth
  • DOUGAL GEORGE 25 1881 739/X 50 Eyemouth (which refers to the brother of Alexander, son of Andrew, survivor). 25 Book notes - Left a widow and children Jane and Mary. Website notes - left widow and children Jane and Mary
  • George Whillis 39 Book notes - Left a widow and children Josephn (sic) and John Website notes - left widow and children Josephn & John
  • Thomas Fisher 30 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow who gave birth to Thomasina Fisher on 16 December 1881. Their other dependent children were William, Alice, Janet, Elizabeth and Ann. Website notes - left widow, daughter Thomasina b. 16 Dec 1881, children William, Alice, Janet, Elizabeth and Ann

Further Notes CJB - was married to Elizabeth Burgan, the son of William Fisher and Janet Gibson. His nephew, Edward 24 was lost on the Beautiful Star

  • James Dougal 24 or 30 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - newly married or single (newspaper says one thing, Aitchison's book says the other



FLORIDA, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Seven men lost at sea. Website notes - crew:

  • John Patterson 44 Book notes - Left a widow and son William. Website notes - left widow and son William

Further Notes - Was married to Jane Crombie. 4 Children listed on the 1881 Census, the youngest William Crombie Patterson born 9 Nov 1869.

  • Paul Paterson 37 Book notes - Left a widow Ellen Young and children Ann, John, William and Thomas. Website notes - left widow Ellen Young and children Ann, John, William and Thomas, Ellen had an illegitimate child after the disaster as widows lost their relief funding if they remarried

Further notes CJB At the time of the 1871 Census Paul's wife is given as Elizabeth 25. Their son John was 9 months old. She was also Elizabeth at the 1881 Census, with children Annie 12, John 9, William 6 and Thomas 1; In 1891 Elizabeth and her children Anne 21, John 19, William 17 and Thomas 10 were at Market Place Lane in Eyemouth. There is no indication that there was another child after the disaster unless it died before 1891. In 1901 the 4 children were at Quayside, Eyemouth - Annie 33 was the head, John 30 was a fisherman as was William 24. Thomas 20 was a Cooper in the fish trade.

  • John Paterson-Fairbairn 35 (36) //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Jane Dougal and children Elizabeth, Joan and Margaret. Website notes - left widow Jane Dougal and children Elizabeth, Joan and Margaret
  • Thomas Fairbairn 19 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Half-brother to John Paterson-Fairbairn, above. No noted dependants. Website notes - single, 1/2 brother of above John Paterson-Fairbairn
  • Thomas Dougal 33 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Ellen (?Elizabeth) Crombie. His brother John drowned in the Invincible. Website notes - left widow Elizabeth Crombie, brother John lost on Invincible

Further notes CJB - Thomas was a first cousin of

His brother-in-law John Paterson was also lost on the Florida.

  • William Crombie 41 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Margaret Dougal who gave birth to Williamina on 13 February 1882. Their other dependent child was Isabella. Website notes - left widow Margaret Dougal, daughters Williamina b. 13 Feb 1882, Isabella
  • John Craig 18 Book notes - No noted dependants Website notes - single



LASS O'GOWRIE, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Seven men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • George Windram 60 Book notes - Left a widow and children Robina and Margaret. Website notes - left widow and children Robina and Margaret
  • David Windram 37 Book notes - son of George Windram, above. Left a widow and Jane, Alice, Helen, David and Elizabeth. Website notes - son of above George, left widow and children Jane, Alice, Helen, David and Elizabeth
  • William Windram 25 Book notes - Son of George Windram, above. No noted dependants. Website notes - son of above George, single
  • Peter Collin 21 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single
  • James Windram 33 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single, nephew of George

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Further Notes CJB See details at the end of the listing. The James Windram on this boat refers to James Windram aged 39 married to Ann Chrystal. The death registration of this man has been examined. The name of the boat is not given. However, ...

Further notes TT " I found an article in Glasgow Herald contemporary to the disaster, which listed missing men on ten of the boats, two of which are boats with the misidentified* WINDRAM men: the Lass O'Gowrie and the Six Brothers. Both men were listed as married with families".

  • Robert Kearney 30 Book notes - Left a widow who gave birth to Robert on 1 December 1881. Their other dependent children were Gregory, Jane, Hannah and Elizabeth. Website notes - left widow, son Robert b. 1 Dec 1881, Gregory, Jane, Hannah and Elizabeth
  • Charles Burgon 25 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single; brother of John lost on Blossom - thanks to Adrian Storrie ***

Further notes CJB His brother-in-law was Thomas Fisher lost on "Guiding Star"



SIX BROTHERS, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Six men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • Robert Collin 46 (44) //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Elizabeth Dalgetty and children Robert, Elizabeth, Agnes, George and another unnamed. Website notes - left widow Helen Windram and children Robert, Elizabeth, Agnes and George

Further notes CJB Note DISCREPANCY regarding name of widow - the death registration gives Elizabeth Dalgety

  • James Collin 21 Book notes - Son of Robert Collin, above. No noted dependants. Website notes - son of above Robert, single
  • George Collin 41 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow and children Agnes, William and Robert Website notes - left widow Margaret Maltman (- thanks to Adrian Storrie) and children Agnes, William and Robert, brother of above Robert ***
  • James Collin 18 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - son of George Collin, above. No noted dependants. Website notes - son of above George, single
  • James Windram 40 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - left a widow Margaret and children Margaret, John, James and William. Website notes - left widow Margaret and children Margaret, James, John and William

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Further Notes CJB There were two James Windrams in this age range lost in the Disaster. Only one of these is listed and there seems to be some confusion about the children allocated. See the detailed notes/discussion at the end of the listings. The children of this James were Ann, Margaret, Alexander, Jane, Ellen and Robina.

Further notes TT " I found an article in Glasgow Herald contemporary to the disaster, which listed missing men on ten of the boats, two of which are boats with the misidentified* WINDRAM men: the Lass O'Gowrie and the Six Brothers. Both men were listed as married with families".

  • See notes at Lass O'Gowrie and at the end of the listing.
  • John Windram 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Brother of James Windram, above. Left a widow Margaret Aitchison.Website notes - brother of above James, left widow Margaret Aitchison, brother George lost on Press Home

Book Notes - another brother George was lost on Press Home.



SUNSHINE, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Six men lost at sea - with an average age of 24 this was the youngest crew lost. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • George Grant 28 Book notes - Left a widow Elizabeth Dalglish who gave birth to the first posthumous Disaster baby, Georgina at 8am on 4 November 1881. They also had and infant son, Hugh. Website notes - left widow Elizabeth Dalglish, daughter Georgina b. 4 Nov 1881, infant son Hugh
  • Robert Scott 28 Book notes - Left a widow Ann Swanston who gave birth to Margaret Scott on 15 November 1881. Website notes - left widow Ann Swanston, daughter Margaret b. 15 Nov 1881
  • John Broomfield 22 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - No noted dependants. His brother James died on Beautiful Star. Website notes - single, brother James lost on Beautiful Star.
  • Richard Windram 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow and children Mary, Isabella and Robert. Website notes - left widow and children Mary, Isabella and Robert
  • Alexander Collin 17 Book notes 17 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg - No noted dependants. He was the brother of Robert who drowned on Beautiful Star and also of James and Thomas who died on the Myrtle. Website notes - single, brother Robert lost on Beautiful Star, brothers James and Thomas lost on the Myrtle.
  • Robert Lough 19 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single



MARGARET AND MARY, of Eyemouth

Book notes - Five men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • John Maltman 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single

Scotlands People MALTMAN JOHN 28 1881 739/ 108 Eyemouth

  • James Maltman 22 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Cousin of John Maltman, above. No noted dependants. His father, Alexander was the only man lost from the Economy. Website notes - cousin of above John, single, father Alexander lost on the Economy.

Further notes The informant on his death registration was his brother John. Parents Alexander Maltman and Margaret Adams. Alexander also died aboard Economy. Scotlands People 739/00 0072

  • William Collin 30 Book notes - Left widow who gave birth to Isabella sometime after the Disaster. The baby died on 18 April 1882. Their other dependent child was Jessie. Website notes - left widow, daughter Isabella b. after the disaster (d. 18 Apr 1882), Jessie
  • Robert Gillie 23 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single

Further notes CJB Son of Andrew Gillie and Jane Collin.

  • John Gillie 22 Book notes - Cousin of Robert Gillie, above. Leaves widow Ann Lindores and son John. Website notes - cousin of Robert, left widow Ann Lindores and son John



MARGARET AND CATHERINE, of Eyemouth

Book notes - six men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • James Lough 23 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single; *** death certificate shows name as John - thanks to Adrian Storrie

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Further Notes CJB NOTE The brother James was not lost in the disaster - he was alive in 1891/1901 and married Helen Swanston - CJB

  • Peter Lough 21 Book notes - Brother of James Dougal, above. No noted dependants. His father, Alexander was the only man lost from the Economy. Website notes - brother of above, single, brother John Lough lost on the Good Intent

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Further notes CJB - See notes at end of listing.

  • Peter Craig 32 Book notes - Left a widow Elizabeth Waddell who gave birth to Peter Craig on 17 February 1882. Website notes - left widow Elizabeth Waddell, son b. Peter b. 17 Feb 1882
  • Alexander Storey 25 Book notes - Left a widow and daughter Janet. Website notes - left widow and daughter Janet
  • Henry Paterson 24 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - single

Further notes CJB His father John was lost on the Florida

  • Johnston Borthwick 17 Book notes - No noted dependants. His brother-in-law Henry Bolton Young died in the Janet. His sister Elizabeth named the child she gave birth to after the Disaster Johnston Borthwick Young. Website notes - single, s/o David & Ann Burgon Borthwick, death registered by brother John, brother-in-law Henry Bolton Young lost on Janet, sister Elizabeth.



GOOD INTENT

Book notes - Website notes - Two men lost at Spittal; 5 men survived

  • John Lough 35 Book notes - Left a widow and children Robert, William, James, John and Richard. His brothers Peter and James died on Margaret and Catherine. Website notes - left widow and children Robert, William, James, John and Richard, brothers Peter and James lost on the Margaret and Catherine.
  • James Cribbes 25 Book Notes - No noted dependants. Website Notes - unmarried man (or married, 3 mentions of him - 1 married, 2 not), father George and brother Alexander both lost on other boats, 4 of a family



ECONOMY, of Eyemouth

Book notes - One man lost. Website notes - 1 man drowned:

  • Alexander Maltman 48 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Margaret Adams and children Alexander and Robert. His son James drowned from the Margaret and Mary. Website notes - left widow Margaret Adams and children Alexander & Robert, son James lost on the Margaret and Mary

Scotlands People MALTMAN ALEXANDER 48 1881 739/ 70 Eyemouth



ENTERPRISE, of Eyemouth

Book notes - One man lost. Website notes - 1 man drowned:

  • James Windram 28 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Margaret Wilks who gave birth to Jamesena on 1 April 1882. Their other dependent children were Margaret and William. His brother-in-law Robert Collin was one of the dead from Fiery Cross. Website notes - left widow Margaret Wilks, daughter Jamesina b. 1 Apr 1882, other children Margaret 5, William 3 and Mary 1, brother-in-law Robert Collin - married to sister Helen - lost on Fiery Cross
  • George Patterson Website note a survivor



INVINCIBLE, of Eyemouth

Book notes - One man lost Website notes - 1 man drowned:

  • John Dougal 52 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - Left a widow Jane Maltman and children John, Helen, Catherine and Ann. His brother Thomas Dougal was lost in the Florida. Website notes - left widow Jane Maltman, children John, Helen, Catherine and Ann, brother Thomas lost on the Florida

Further notes CJB - his son James Dougal 23 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg was lost on Press Home



ONWARD, of Eyemouth

Book notes - One man lost. Website notes - 1 man washed overboard:

  • Andrew Dougal Website notes - skipper (survivor)
  • Alexander Dougal 21 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Book notes - No noted dependants Website notes ALEXANDER WOOD DOUGAL - single, eldest son of above, first reported casualty
  • George Dougal Website notes - a survivor (Not the brother of Alexander)

Further notes CJB - George Dougal, 25, //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg was also lost - his death registration gives his father as Andrew (who survived and was the informant for both his sons Alexander and George). His mother Margaret Wood. He was married to Janet Paterson, See "Guiding Star" (Eyemouth). Only two George Dougals were registered -

  • DOUGAL GEORGE 40 1881 739/X 37 Eyemouth
  • DOUGAL GEORGE 25 1881 739/X 50 Eyemouth (which refers to the brother of Alexander).


JAMES AND ROBERT, of Eyemouth

Book notes - One man lost. Website notes - most of crew survived, 1 man drowned:


FISHER LASSES, of Eyemouth

Book notes - One man lost Website notes - 1 man drowned:

  • William Young 58 Book notes -Left a widow Margaret Lough and children Christina and Ann. Website notes - left widow Margaret Lough and children Christina and Ann

Burnmouth Boats and Men

TRANSCENDENT, of Burnmouth Book notes - Seven men lost at sea

  • Thomas Kerr 32 Book notes - Left a widow Maria Kerr. Website notes - left widow Maria Kerr and young family
  • George Martin 48 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - married w/ grown up family

Further notes CJB - Needs attention - wife and dependants or not?

  • James Anderson 24 Book notes - Left a widow Janet Anderson who had a child, Jemima, sometime after the Disaster. Their older dependent child was Agnes. Website notes - left widow Janet Anderson, daughter Jemima born after the disaster, daughter Agnes

Further notes CJB- wife Janet Lindores

Further notes CJB Brother-in-law of James Anderson above.

  • John Anderson Wood 25 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - unmarried
  • George Wilson 32 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - 29 or 32, unmarried, s/o Thomas & Christina Kerr Wilson, buried Ayton Cemetery
  • James Lindores 24 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - cousin of above, unmarried, s/o William & Joanna Ponton Lindors, brother William lost on the Alice



GUIDING STAR, of Burnmouth

Book notes - seven men lost at Holy Island.Website notes - all on board lost:

  • Mark Anderson 51 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - no dependants
  • James Johnston 28 Book notes - Left a widow Helen Johnston who gave birth to Helen sometime after the Disaster. Their other dependent children were Janet and Joan. Website notes - left widow Helen Johnston, daughter Helen born after the disaster, Janet and Joan, Helen had 4 illegitimate children 1882-1896 and then remarried in 1896
  • Robert Anderson 53 Book notes - Left a widow Janet Anderson and children Elizabeth and Robert. Website notes - left widow Janet Anderson and children Elizabeth and Robert
  • Thomas Aitchison 30 Book notes - Left a widow Jessie Aitchison. She re-married on 15 December 1883, the first Disaster widow to do do. Website notes - left widow Jessie Aitchison (remarried 15 Dec 1883 - first disaster widow to do so)
  • William Johnston 30 Book notes - Left a widow Janet Johnston and children William, Isabella and Jane. Website notes - left widow Janet Johnston and children William, Isabella and Jane
  • George Anderson 30 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - no dependants
  • Alexander Anderson 30 Book notes - No noted dependants Website notes - no dependants



EXCELLENT, of Burnmouth

Book notes - Two men lost off Goswick. Website notes - 5 men survived including skipper (MARK ANDERSON), 2 washed over board:

  • Alexander Affleck 22 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - young unmarried man
  • Thomas Martin 24 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - young unmarried man



CHRISTINA, of Burnmouth Book notes - Four men swamped from small cobble.

  • Robert Lindores 50 Book notes - His son James Lindores was drowned on the Alice. No noted dependants. Website notes - skipper, married to Christina Kerr, s/o James & Mary Martin Lindors, son James lost on Alice
  • John Martin 18 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - unmarried
  • William Martin 20 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - unmarried
  • John Aitchison 17 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - unmarried



ALICE, of Burnmouth Book notes - Four men swamped from small cobble.

  • James Lindores 24 Book notes - His father Robert Lindores is drowned on Christina Website notes 27 or 24 - son of Robert Lindors lost on the Christina
  • William Lindores 22 Book notes - No noted dependants. Website notes - nephew of Robert Lindors lost on the Christina, unmarried, s/o William & Joanna Ponton Lindors of Ayton, brother James lost on the Transcendent.
  • Thomas MacKay 18 Book notes - Left his father William Lindores' as an adult dependent. He died on 18 January 1889 Website notes - unmarried, father William an adult dependant (d. 18 Jan 1889)
  • William Struthers 18 Book notes - No noted dependantsWebsite notes - unmarried



Coldingham Shore (st. Abbs) Boats and Men

TWO SISTERS, of Coldingham

Book notes - Three men and the boat lost at sea. Website notes - 3 men drowned:

  • Charles Purves 55 Book notes - Left a widow. Website notes - left widow Alexandria Nobel ***(thanks to Davie Walker) and family,
  • James Thorburn 42 Book notes - Left a widow and children Isabella and Wilhelmina. Website notes - brother of (William), left widow and children Isabella and Wilhelmina

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpgFurther notes CJB It seems that the information for the Thorburn brothers may be mixed up in the book. James was married to Isabella Chalmers. 1881 Census

  • James Thorburn 38
  • Isabella Thorburn 39
  • Janet Thorburn 16
  • Christina Thorburn 14
  • Elizabeth Thorburn 10
  • Robert Thorburn 7
  • Isabella Thorburn 5
  • George Thorburn 2
  • William Thorburn 38 Book notes - Brother of James Thorburn, above. Left a widow Isa Thorburn and children Christina, Elizabeth and Isabella. Website notes - left widow Isa Thorburn and children Christina, Elizabeth and Isabella

Further notes CJB William was married to Dorothea Robertson. 1881 Census

  • William Thorburn 37
  • Dorothia Thorburn 38
  • Isabella Thorburn 10
  • Williamina Thorburn 3

The parents of James and William were Robert Thorburn and Janet Marion Naairn



Cove Boats and Men

Book notes - From Cove, near Cockburnspath, eleven men were drowned leaving four widows and fourteen children.

RENOWN, of Cove Book notes - Three men lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

Further Notes CJB He was the son of Richard Gordon and Agnes Dougal and Married to Helle or Ellen Crow. Ellen later married Edward Torrie. In 1881 2 children were listed -

  • Sophia Gordon 8
  • Agnes Gordon 5

Richard was the first cousin of

Richard was the 1st cousin once removed of James Gordon who was lost on Snowdon. Richard's father and James's grandfather were brothers.

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Further notes CJB - According to Death Registration John 31 married to Margaret Crow was the child of James Fairbairn (deceased) and Jessie Paterson.

  • Thomas Fairbairn 18 Website notes - unmarried, brother of above, s/o James & Janet Paterson Fairbairn //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Age on registration 19; Parents according to death registration were William Fairbairn (deceased) and Jane Burgon (1821-1907).



SNOWDON, of Cove

Book notes - Six men and the boat lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • David Fairbairn 34 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Website notes - skipper, married, 4 young children including Robert James, buried Cockburnspath Cemetery with James and Jane Anderson Fairbairn but is not their child - perhaps a grandchild?

Further Notes CJB Married to Janet Mathieson; Father Thomas Fairbairn, Fisherman; Mother Helen Fairbairn M.S. Anderson. Informant on Death Registration Christopher Fairbairn, uncle. Brother of John 32 who was lost on Peril/Pearl.



//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpgFurther notes CJB - According to Death Registration John aged 24 was the son of William Fairbairn and Jane Burgon.

//s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/92/80/a0/8d/5344483f5444e71e/warning_caution_original.jpg Son of James Fairbairn and Jessie Paterson (Ref. Death Registration - see Fairbairn Family.

  • David Fairbairn 17 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Website notes - young lad whose father was on the Freedom

Further notes CJB single age 17.75 years Father Christopher Fairbairn, fisherman (Informant) Mother Mary Fairbairn M.S. Laurie

Further notes CJB Single Father James Grieve fisherman (deceased) mother Margaret Thorborn. Informant bother James Grieve who was a baker.

Further notes CJB Single; Father Robert Gordon Fisherman (Deceased) Mother Margaret Gordon, formerly Gordon, M.S. Fairbairn. Informant William Gordon, step-father. James was the 1st cousin once removed of Richard Gordon who was lost on Renown. Richard' father and James's grandfather were brothers. James was also the nephew of John Fairbairn above, and his brother Thomas Fairbairn lost on Renown




VOLLOX/VELOX, of Cove

Book notes - One man swept overboard. Website notes - 1 man drowned, 2 saved:

Further notes Single Father Andrew Henderson, fisherman Mother Jane Henderson M.S. Smith. Informant Thomas Henderson, brother; Present

  • Thomas Henderson Website notes - brother of above (survivor)
  • James Fairbairn 34 Website notes - (survivor) married to Alice Young, brother of Fairbairns on Renown, son of James and Janet Paterson Fairbairn ( my family)



PERIL/PEARL, of Cove

Book notes - one man lost at sea. Website notes - 1 man drowned, 2 saved:

Further notes CJB - Married to Margaret Nicholson. Father Thomas Fairnbairn, Fisherman; Mother Helen Fairbain M.S. Anderson (Deceased); Death registration informant was A. Fairbairn brother-in-law; his brother David 34 was lost on the Snowdon

  • William Gray Website notes - survivor
  • Adam Gray Website notes - brother of above, survivor



Fisherrow Boats and Men

Book notes - From Fisherrow seven men were drowned leaving two widows and nine children.

ALICE of Fisherrow

Book notes - Seven men and the boat lost at sea. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • Alexander Hamilton 23
  • William Walker 39
  • Robert Halley 21
  • William Caird 27
  • John Cunningham 22
  • Thomas Langlands 19
  • George Langlands 21 Book notes - brother of Thomas Langlands, above. Website notes - brother of Thomas



Newhaven Boats and Men

Book notes Newhaven gave up fifteen men, leaving two widows and nine children

PERSEVERANCE, of Newhaven

Book notes - Seven men and boat lost near May Island. Website notes - all on board lost:

  • John Carnie 32
  • William Inglis 30
  • Johnston Wilson 21
  • David Lyle 25 Website notes - left a widow Barbara Liston who was expecting his child; ***contact Jennifer further information on this family
  • Boreas Hall 31
  • Peter Inglis 18
  • William Liston (Rutherford) 37
  • John Lyle 26 //s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/98/ad/8c/b1/5344484d4c38a612/tick_original.jpg Website notes - single; brother of David; son of John Lyle and Margaret Dryburgh; was missed in the newspaper listings, His death certificate is shown at link ***

Further notes CJB On the death registration from the above *** John's mother is given as Margaret Combe. He was the brother of Dais above.



STORMY PETREL, of Newhaven

Book notes - Three men lost at sea.

  • David Stevenson 58
  • Hugh Stevenson 32 Book notes - son of David Stevenson, above. Website notes - son of David
  • Philip Stevenson 30 Book notes - son of David Stevenson, above. Website notes - son of David



CONCORD,of Newhaven

Book notes - Three brothers swamped off Dunbar.

  • John Johnston 37
  • James Johnston 30
  • William Johnston 23



ROBINAS, of Newhaven

Book notes - Two men lost at sea.

  • William Liston 20
  • Alexander Noble 42



Others from website

  • George Nisbet of Eyemouth died trying to save some of the men by wading out into the water

SHIPS AND MEN THAT SURVIVED:

PILGRIM, of Eyemouth all on board saved:

  • Thomas Fairbairn skipper

AERIAL GAZELLE, of Eyemouth all on board survived, ship found 2 days after the storm

  • Alexander Burgeon, skipper
  • George Craig

WHITE STAR all on board survived

SUCCESS all on board survived

FATHER AND SONS all on board survived

BRITTANIA

all on board survived

ALABAHAMA

all on board survived

WATTY DOUGAL, skipper

IONA, of Burnmouth

all on board survived

PROGRESS, of Burnmouth

all on board survived

  • William Spouse, Skipper
  • William Aitchison and 2 sons, of Burnmouth, wife Agnes/Aggie, other children Jimmie 4 and Mary 11



Alphabetical List of Casualties

Lastname; First name(s); age; boat

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Notes/corrections to the listings.

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John Fairbairn

There seems to be a mix up on the John Fairbairns recorded as being on the Renown and Snowdon

1. John Fairbairn on the Renown - 31- correct information according to death registration. His informant was a brother James

2. John Fairbairn on the Snowdon - 24 - was the son of William Fairbairn (deceased) and Jane Burgon. Informant was brother Peter Fairbairn.

It looks as if the details for this John Fairbairn apply to the John in the Renown? CORRECT LISTING should be -

RENOWN

SNOWDON

  • John Fairbairn 31 Website notes - left widow Margaret Crow and children George, John, Thomas and Sophia, s/o James & Janet Paterson Fairbairn
  • Thomas Fairbairn 24 Website notes - unmarried, brother of John

- unmarried

Thomas Fairbairn

A. FAIRBAIRN THOMAS 21 1881 739/ 87 Eyemouth

B. FAIRBAIRN THOMAS 24 1881 731/ 22 Cockburnspath

C. FAIRBAIRN THOMAS 19 1881 731/ 17 Cockburnspath

Three Thomas Fairbairns are listed in the list from the book.

A. Fairbairn Thomas Florida -

Thomas Fairbairn Son of David Fairbairn and Joan Paterson aged 21

B. Fairbairn Thomas 24 - Snowdon

Death Reg. details - Single 24, Father James Fairbairn, Fisherman, (Deceased) mother Jessie Fairbairn M.S. Paterson

LISTING - SNOWDON Thomas Fairbairn 24 Website notes - unmarried, brother of John

C. Fairbairn Thomas 18 - Renown - age on Death Registration is 19.

Death Reg. details - Single, 19, father William Fairbairn, Fisherman (Deceased) Mother Jane Fairbairn M.S. Burgon

LISTING - ERROR RENOWN brother of above, (John Fairbairn) s/o James & Janet Paterson Fairbairn

Last Fishermen 1 Fairbairn family has images of these Death Registers supporting these findings.. Census records will be noted on profiles to offer further support. CJB.


John Lough

  • 1. John Louth aged 23 Son of James Louth and Margaret Waddell.

I believe this to be the man mentioned under MARGARET AND CATHERINE as brother of James and Peter as having been onboard the "Good Intent".

ScotlandsPeople reference - LOUGH JOHN 23 WADDEL 1881 739/ 65 Eyemouth

Son of Robert Lough and Alison Dougal "Good Intent"

ScotlandsPeople reference - LOUGH JOHN 32 DOUGAL 1881 739/X 56 Eyemouth

According to this listing there were three brothers lost - James, John and Peter. However the brother James was born in 1862 and was alive in 1891 - He married Helen Swanston. On the Memorial, Billion Graves only John and Peter are listed as dying on 14th Oct 1881, not James.

LOUGH JAMES 40 1881 739/ 103 Eyemouth refers to James Lough

Another James Lough LOST on board the Lily of the Valley FV. His son, James was supposed to sail but was in Edinburgh with wedding party of David Stevenson's daughter, Elizabeth & Matthew Crawford, The wedding was on the morning of the disaster. David was the sole survivor & skipper of Blossom FV from Eyemouth.

Ancestry - jalouch originally shared this on 23 jul 2012


James Windram

There is confusion regarding the ebtries for 3 people named James Windram in the listing in Peter Aitchison's book.

1 James Windram on Six Brothers 40 who left a widow Margaret and children Margaret, John, James and William. Brother John 28 was on the same boat; John left a widow Margaret Aitchison.
2 James Windram on Lass O'Gowrie 33 with no noted dependants.
3 James Windram on Enterprise 28 who left a widow Margaret Wilks, who gave birth to Jamesena on 1 April 1882. Their Other dependent children were Margaret and William. His brother-in-law Robert Collin was one of the dead from Fiery Cross.

Listings at Scotlands People

  • WINDRAM JAMES 5 yrs old 1881 739/ 26 Eyemouth NOT APPLICABLE
  • WINDRAM JAMES 40 yrs old1881 739/ 76 Eyemouth - this entry has been seen CJB
  • WINDRAM JAMES 28 yrs old 1881 739/ 98 Eyemouth
  • WINDRAM JAMES 39 yrs old 1881 739/X 48 Eyemouth this entry has been seen CJB

The details for only one - James aged 28 - match the listing from the book. James aged 39 doesn't have a listing, although research suggests that he is incorrectly listed as 2 above aged 33 on Lass O'Gowrie. The third, aged 40 from the Six Brothers has errors in names of his widow and children.

The Death registration for James Windram aged 40 has his widow as Margaret Arnot. His parents were James Windram and Margaret Severwright. His death informant was his father James. At the time of the 1881 Census there were children

  • Ann Windram 18
  • Margaret Windram 14
  • Alexander Windram 12
  • Jane Windram 9
  • Ellen Windram 7
  • Robina Windram 2

The Death Registration for James Windram aged 39 shows his widow as Ann Chrystal. The informant was Alex Paterson, brother-in-law. The children in the 1881 census are

  • Margaret Windram 10
  • John Windram 7
  • James Windram 5
  • William Windram 2
  • Ann Windram 7 Mo
  • **All of these children with the exception of Ann seem to match those listed in the book, but the mother is not the same.

CONCLUSION - only the 28 year old James Windram on Enterprise is correct. All details for James aged 33 on Las O'Gowrie are incorrect - this is most likely to be James aged 39 married to Ann Chrystal. The details for James aged 40 on Six Brothers married to Margaret Arnot lists incorrect children - they are those for James on the 'Las O'Gowrie

  • ** These findings are confirmed by the research done by Thad Thomas.


References and further reading



Appendix 1

The following is a list of Death Registration documents available. Those used to build profiles and trees are marked √. Links are added where a document has been linked to a profile.

  • Angus Peter 32
  • Angus William 35 Harmony √
  • Colin George 41
  • Collin James 18
  • Collin Robert 44 ? Six Brothers
  • Craig Alexander 37 Harmony √
  • Crombie James 37 Radiant √
  • James Broomfield, 28 Beautiful Star
  • John Broomfield 22 Sunshine
  • Burgan, Charles 25 Lass O'Gowrie √
  • Burgan John 44 Blossom √
  • Crombie William 26 - Blossom √
  • Crombie William 41 Florida √
  • Cowel/aka Fisher Edward AKA Fisher 24 - Beautiful Star √
  • Dougal Andrew James Harrower 24 James and Robert √
  • Dougal George 25 Guiding Star (Eyemouth) √
  • Dougal James 23 Press Home √
  • Dougal James 24 Lily of the Valley √
  • Dougal John, 52 Invincible √
  • Dougal Thomas 33 Florida √
  • Fairbairn David 17 Snowdon √
  • Fairbairn John 31 Renown √
  • Fairbairn John 35 Radiant √
  • Fairbairn Alexander 28 Radiant √
  • Fairbairn John 32 Peril/Pearl √
  • Fairbairn David 34 Snowdon √
  • Fairbairn John 24 Snowdon √
  • Fairbairn Thomas 19 Florida √
  • Fairbairn Thomas 21 Florida √
  • Gordon James 18 Snowdon √
  • Gray William 36
  • Fisher Thomas 30 Guiding Star
  • Grieve Robert 24 Snowdon √
  • Henderson Andrew 23 Vollox/Velox √
  • Lough James 40 Lily of the Valley √
  • Maltman Alexander 22 Janet √
  • Maltman Alexander 48 Economy √
  • Maltman George 17 Janet √
  • Maltman James 22 Margaret and Mary √
  • Maltman John 28
  • Maltman Robert 20 Janet √
  • Maltman William 35
  • Nisbet Alexander 37 Forget-me-not √
  • Nisbet William 35 Forget-me-not √
  • Paterson James 47 Industry √
  • Paterson John 17 Wave √
  • Paterson William 17 Industry √
  • Paterson Peter 49 Wave √
  • Paterson-Fairbairn John 36 Florida √
  • Scott William 28 Forget-me-not √
  • Simpson James 17 Forget-me-not √
  • Ward James 29 Harmony √
  • Windram James 39 Lass O'Gowrie √
  • Windram James 40 Six Brothers √
  • Windram John 57 Radiant √
  • Windram George 24 Press Home √
  • Windram John 28 Six Brothers √
  • Windram Richard 28 Sunshine √
  • Young Henry Bolton 47 Janet √