Neil PirieOur Pirie Family Website

Our Pirie Family Website




Welcome to the website of Neil Pirie. I live in the county of Hampshire in England, close to the borders with Surrey and West Sussex, and about 25 miles (40 km) from the south coast.


Neil Pirie at workWhat do I do?      Well, I am Civil Servant: Business Manager in the Information Management Division at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in London. I have a background in Programme Management and enabling business change via portfolios, programmes and projects.

You can find out more on my LinkedIn profile.


Neil Pirie in the Wenlock Olympian Half Marathon 2014
In my spare time I run for health and fitness. I may not be the fastest but I hold my own and enjoy participating in races.

You can find out more on my Running page.

For several years I have been helping Bohunt School, Liphook, with their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze and Silver Award expeditions. This prompted me to bag some mountains and generally explore more.

You can see my photos of various trips and expeditions on my Expeditions page.


Research on our family history was initiated by my brother, Cameron, in 1998; well before the BBC TV series 'Who do you think you are?'  started the national craze for researching your roots.

With plenty of leave to take from work I was able join in and spend time in archives in Scotland and Norfolk searching out documentary evidence.

We've also been contacted by many researching their family history, including a number of cousins who have then made contributions to the site.

Have a look at the Family History pages to see the fruits of many hours of research.

Margaret Helen Pirie née Cheyne, with Ian, William and Rachel Pirie
Margaret Helen Pirie née Cheyne, with
Ian, William and Rachel Pirie



Any comments or suggestions you might have are welcomed.

You can use the 'Contact us' link at the foot of this and other pages, or the 'Neil Pirie' link at the foot of the Family History pages.


What's new

6 Aug 2017

Family History database updates, including more information on family of James Mair "Shavie" (b.1876) and Beatrice Grant Innes (b.1878) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

26 Jul 2017

Running page updated, including photos from the Bath Running Festival Long Half Marathon.

9 Jul 2017

Family History database updates, including more family of Alexander Mair Pirie "Buxer" (b.1870) and Isabella Cormack (b.1867), and of Alexander Donaldson (b.1872) and Catherine Ann Pirie "Buxer" (b.1875) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

1 Jul 2017

Family History database updates, including the family of George Mair "Bobbin"/"King" (b.1854) and Georgina Edwards (b.1856) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

25 Jun 2017

Running page updated, including page of photos from the London Business Houses (LBH) Bridges Relay, London.

8 Jun 2017

Running page updated, including page of photos from the London 10 Mile in Richmond Park.

14 May 2017

Family History database updates, including a new article Boat building at 28 Seafield Street, Portknockie.

7 May 2017

Family History database updates, including extension of the Lanchester line back one generation to Samuel Lanchester (b.c1710, d.1749), and wife Elizabeth, parents of Anna Lanchester (b.1737), William Lanchester (b.1739), Robert Lanchester (b.1742) and Thomas Lanchester (b.1744).

17 Apr 2017

Running page updated, including page of photos from the Brighton Marathon.

2 Apr 2017

Family History database updates, including photo of monument in Hillhead Cemetery to James Mair "Bobbin" (1891-1936), David Mair "Bobbin" (1875-1955) and Margaret Mair "Dear" (1876-1967), and more descendants of Francis William Sclater "Hasser" (b.1818) & Anne Smith (b.c1817).

30 Mar 2017

Running page updated, including photo from the CSSC Capital Challenge 10k.

18 Mar 2017

Running page updated, including page of photos from the Surrey Half Marathon.

5 Mar 2017

Family History database updates, including photo of monument in Hillhead Cemetery to George Gardiner Wood "King" (1870-1945), Jessie Wood née Mustard (c1875-1955) and family, and more descendants of William Wood "King" (b.c1815) & Helen Imlach (b.c1816).

2 Mar 2017

Running Page updated, including page of photos from the Thorpe Park Half Marathon, and Family History database updates, including photo of monument in Hillhead Cemetery to John Wood "King" (1857-1917) & Jessie Imlach (1861-1931) and family, Pirie "Skipper" chart expanded with the connection of George Pirie "Skipper" (b.1829) & Janet Wood "Reid" and their descendants, and more descendants of John Pirie (b.1810) & Ann Murray (b.c1816).

5 Feb 2017

Family History database updates, including more descendants of James Pirie "Coull" (b.1833) & Margaret McKay (b.c1839), James Flett "Yankie" (b.c1849) & Jessie Campbell (b.c1849), and John Findlay (b.1844) & Ann Smith (b.c1846).

29 Jan 2017

Family History database updates, including more descendants of James Wood "Wilkin" (b.1835) and Helen Cowie (b.c1849).

13 Jan 2017

Family History database updates, including ancestors of Arthur Innes (b.1885) and Catherine Innes (b.1884).

18 Dec 2016

Family History database updates, including family of Peter Wood "King" (b.1867) and Ann Mair "Bobbin Shy" (b.c1867).

13 Dec 2016

Running Page updated, including page of photos from the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon, and Family History database updates, including family of John Mair "Duncan" (b.1827) and Anne Mair "Bobbin" (b.1827).

10 Dec 2016

Running page updated, including page of photos from the Santa Run.

27 Nov 2016

Running Page updated and Family History database updates, including family of William Anderson "Coy" (b.1866) and Margaret Ann Sclater "Hasser" (b.1867). Also photos of monuments in Hillhead Cemetery to David Anderson (1893-1967) & Jessie Evangeline Falconer (1898-1984), Jessie Evangeline Anderson (1919-1947) / Margaret Helen Anderson (1912-2004) & John Wood Slater (1919-2003), and William Anderson (1866-1934) & Margaret Ann Slater (1867-1937).

25 Nov 2016

Family History database updates, including family of William Innes (b.1810) and Jean Pirie (b.1811).

13 Nov 2016

Running Page updated and Family History database updates, including more information for descendants of William Wood and Helen Runcie (m.1747) supplied previously by Dr Guy Barnicote-Sutherland.

20 Oct 2016

Running page updated, and Family History database updates, including family of John Mair "Duncan" (b.1827) and Anne Mair "Bobbin" (b.1827).

9 Sept 2016

Running page updated.

9 Aug 2016

Family History database updates, including ancestors of Alexander Wilson (b. c1878) and Mary Wood "Park" (b.1881) kindly provided by Maureen Flett.

31 Jul 2016

Family History database updates, including further information for George Wood "King" (b.1895) and Isabella Ritchie (b.1898), and Catherine Wood "King" (b.1892) and George Gardiner (b.1891) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England. Running page also updated.

9 Jul 2016

Family History database updates, including entries in the 1939 National Register for England for the households of Emma Copeman née Chapman (1857-1941), James Lanchester (1868-1944), Horace Lanchester (1872-1954), John Stringer (1887-1972) and Alfred Lanchester (1907-2000).

17 Jun 2016

Family History database updates, including further information for Lanchester, Stringer, Copeman, Tebble, Chapman and Wright families.

30 Apr 2016

Family History database updates, including further information for descendants of Thomas Mair "Johns" (b.1874) and Jessie Addison (b.1873) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

25 Apr 2016

Running page updated following the Virgin Money London Marathon.

10 Apr 2016

Family History database updates, including further information for the family of John Gault (b.1869) and Jessie McBeath Gardiner (b.1871) kindly provided by Bob Mair of Durham, England.

25 Mar 2016

Family History database updates, including ancestors of John Gault (b.1869) and Jessie McBeath Gardiner (b.1871) kindly provided by Fiona Laws of Auckland, New Zealand.

2 Mar 2016

Family History database updates, including photos of monuments in Hillhead Cemetery to Alexander Slater (c1830-1913) & Margaret Goodbrand (c1835-1929), Isabella Mair "Dear" (1870-1943) & Alexander Wood "Wilkin" (1867-1949), John Wood "Doo" (1900-1958) & Jeanie Runcie (c1901-1994), and Isabella Pirie "Buxer" (1927-2005) & Alister George Mair "Bobbin" (1928-2011).

28 Feb 2016

Family History database updates, including photos of monuments in Hillhead Cemetery to Mary Wood "Park" (c1877-1926) & William Pirie "Willackie" (1871-1957), David Pirie "Buxer" (c1881-1954) & Margaret Wood "King" (c1877-1959), David Pirie "Buxer" (1884-1971) & Helen Mair "Shy" (c1883-1973), Mary M. Pirie "Buxer" (c1893-1966) & George F. Campbell (1893-1971), and David Pirie "Buxer" (c1921-2011) & Maureen Graham (c1923-2014).

27 Feb 2016

Family History database updates, including family of John Pirie "Buxer" (b.1887) and Elsie Ann Mair "Rose" (b.1888), and photos of monuments in Hillhead Cemetery to Jessie Ann Pirie "Willackie" (1878-1947) & Alexander Mair "Slater"/"Frank" (1873-1947), Elsie Ann Mair "Rose" (1888-1946) & John Pirie "Buxer" (1887-1946), Catherine Wood "Dyce" (1890-1967) & Alexander Pirie "Coull" (1886-1970), and Jessie Campbell Flett "Yankie" (1899-1983) & David Pirie "Coull" (c1897-1984).

20 Feb 2016

Family History database updates, including families of John Mair "Bobbin" (b.1818) & Margaret Wood "King" (b.1814), and Joseph Mair "Bobbin"/"King" (b.1858) & Ann Pirie "Johns" (b.1857).

7 Feb 2016

Family History database updates, including photos of monuments in Hillhead Cemetery to David Wood "Park" (c1893-1970) & Margaret Falconer Wood (c1897-1971), and John Wood "Wilkin" (1901-1971) & Annie Flett (1901-1986).

10 Jan 2016

Family History database updates, including descendants of Thomas Mair "Johns" (b.1874) and Jessie Addison (b. c1874) kindly provided by Don Mair of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.


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