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Our Direct Pirie Ancestors
Chart (box): Our Direct Pirie Ancestors
This particular chart shows a very selective view of the descendants of George Pirie "Buxer" (b. c1671/2). You can see the full chart in the Pirie section below but this one shows only those families that are on the direct line between George Pirie "Buxer" (b. c1671/2) and our grandfather's family, excluding spouses.
The Pirie individuals on this chart are from the Pirie “Buxer” family, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland. Our own particular branch of the “Buxer” line then adopted a maternal Tee name of “King” around 1885. The chart shows 9 generations. Scottish census entries show that most of the male descendants were fishermen.


Cheyne
Chart (box): Descendants of Alexander Cheyne (b. c1650)            (Pronounced "Cheen")
Chart (indented): Descendants of Alexander Cheyne (b. c1650)
The charts show 10 generations, including Neil's paternal grandparents Margaret Helen Cheyne and Alexander Pirie, based in Aberdeenshire in North East Scotland .
We've traced back to the marriage of James Cheyne and Elspet Wilson in 1734 in Methlick, Aberdeenshire and thanks to the Cheyne Family Genealogy Website can extend a further 2 generations to Alexander Cheyne, born circa 1650 and married to Jean Urquhart circa 1675.
Scottish census entries show many of the male descendants working on the land with occupations such as 'farmer', 'crofter', 'agricultural labourer' or 'stone dyker'. However, Neil's great grandfather, William Cheyne, born 1860, took a different career path as a draper and established the William Cheyne drapery shop in Broad Street, Fraserburgh.


Christopher
Chart (box): Descendants of William Christopher (b. c1800)
Chart (indented): Descendants of William Christopher (b. c1800)
The charts show 6 generations, including Rachel's maternal grandparents Grace Ethel Christopher and Leslie Laurie Looke, based in Somerset in England.
William Christopher married Mary Collins in 1819 in Queen Camel, Somerset.
English census entries show that many of the descendants were shoemakers with occupations recorded as 'shoemaker', 'clicker' or associated roles. Living in Street, Somerset, many of them were employed by the shoe manufacturer C&J Clark Ltd.


Gregory
Chart (box): Descendants of Thomas Gregory (b. c1829)
Chart (indented): Descendants of Thomas Gregory (b. c1829)
The charts show 4 generations, including Rachel's paternal grandparents Maurice Thomas Gregory and Violetta Rice, based in Somerset in England.
Thomas Gregory was born in Barton, Somerset in England and married Elizabeth Coggan.
English census entries show that many of the descendants were shoemakers with occupations such as 'cordwainer', 'shoemaker' or associated roles.


Lanchester
Chart (box): Descendants of Samuel Lanchester (b. c1710)
Chart (indented): Descendants of Samuel Lanchester (b. c1710)
The charts show 8 generations, including Neil's maternal grandparents Alfred Lanchester and Emma Olga Stringer, based in Norfolk in England.
Samuel Lanchester lived in South Lopham, Norfolk and married Elizabeth, although many of their descendants lived in nearby Fersfield or Kenninghall, Norfolk.
English census entries show many of the male descendants working on the land with occupations such as 'agricultural labourer', 'farm labourer' and 'teamster of horses'.


Look
Chart (box): Descendants of Nathaniel Look (b. c1794)
Chart (indented): Descendants of Nathaniel Look (b. c1794)

The charts show 5 generations, including Rachel's maternal grandparents Leslie Laurie Looke and Grace Ethel Christopher, based in Somerset in England.
Nathaniel Look was a farmer in Meare, Somerset as were many of his descendants.


Mair
Here we also have charts for three Mair families, known by the Tee names “Bobbin”, “Johns” and “Shavie”, that link with our Pirie family in North East Scotland.

Chart (box): Descendants of James Mair “Bobbin” (b. 1755)
Chart (indented): Descendants of James Mair “Bobbin” (b. 1755)
The charts show 7 generations, including James' great great granddaughter, Margaret Mair, the first wife of Neil's grandfather, Alexander Pirie, and Joseph Mair “Bobbin” and Alexander Mair “Bobbin” who also perished with the Zulu fishing boat 'Evangeline' off Orkney in the great storm of 1905.

Chart (box): Descendants of John Mair “Johns” (b. c1805)
Chart (indented): Descendants of John Mair “Johns” (b. c1765)
The charts show 4 generations from the marriage of John Mair “Johns” to Catharine Wood.

Chart (box): Descendants of Alexander Mair “Saucy” (b. 1818)
Chart (indented): Descendants of Alexander Mair “Saucy” (b. 1818)
The charts show 5 generations of this offshoot of the Mair “Shavie” line from the original “Saucy”, Alexander Mair “Saucy”. It includes his grandson, Alexander Mair “Saucy” (b. 1881), who was a member of the crew of the Zulu fishing boat 'Evangeline' but was not in the crew for the fateful Orkney fishing of January 1905.

Chart (box): Descendants of William Mair “Shavie” (b. c1765)
Chart (indented): Descendants of William Mair “Shavie” (b. c1765)
William was born in the Portknockie, Banffshire. The charts show 7 generations, including his great grandson, Alexander Mair “Shavie” who perished with the Zulu fishing boat 'Evangeline' off Orkney in the great storm of 1905. Another great grandson, William, married Catharine Pirie in 1901.


Pirie
Chart (box): Descendants of George Pirie “Buxer” (b. c1671/2)
Chart (indented): Descendants of George Pirie “Buxer” (b. c1671/2)
The charts show 10+ generations, including Neil's paternal grandparents Alexander Pirie and Margaret Helen Cheyne, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland.
George Pirie was born in the Parish of Cullen, Banffshire and married Margaret Runsie in 1690. We have not, as yet, proved exactly when he was baptised as the OPRs for baptisms in Cullen contain two possible candidates:
   George, baptised 1 September 1672, son of “Andrew Peirie” and “Befsie Reed
   George, baptised 5 August 1671, son of “Alexr Pyrie” and “Margaret Raffan

With the founding of Portknockie circa 1677, our Piries appear to have migrated from Cullen to the new settlement of Portknockie. There is some controversy about who built the first house in Portknockie: in some articles it has been claimed that it was the father of a Katy Slater, whilst others argue that it was a John Pirie, called 'Young John', who built the first stone and clay house in the village.
I have been informed that there are fundamentally four Pirie families in Portknockie, known by the Tee names “Buxer”, “Coull”, “Priest” and “Darling”, although there is also a substantial family with the Tee name “Skipper”. The Pirie individuals on this chart are from the Pirie “Buxer” family. Our own particular branch of the family then adopted a maternal Tee name of “King” around 1885. Many other families in Portknockie also seem to have branched with different Tee names at around this time. Scottish census entries show that most of the male descendants were fishermen.

Chart (box): Descendants of John Pirie “Skipper” (b. c1760)
Chart (indented): Descendants of John Pirie “Skipper” (b. c1760)
The charts show 5 generations of another long established Pirie family from John Pirie “Skipper” (b. c1760) who married Helen Wood. This family also branches in the late 1880s with the adoption of the Tee name of “Darling” by David Pirie (b. 1863).


Rice
Chart (box): Descendants of William Rice (b. c1828)
Chart (indented): Descendants of William Rice (b. c1828)
The charts show 4 generations, including Rachel's paternal grandparents Violetta Rice and Maurice Thomas Gregory, based in Somerset in England.
William Rice was born in Barrow, Somerset and married Emma (maiden name unknown as yet, but suspected to be Masters).


Sclater / Slater
Chart (box): Descendants of George Sclater “Hasser” (b. c1770)
Chart (indented): Descendants of George Sclater “Hasser” (b. c1770)
The charts show 7 generations, including interlinked Mair, Pirie and Wood families, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland. Over the course of time, the spelling of Sclater was standardised with Slater.
George Sclater (b. c1770) married Katherine Mair in 1797 in the Parish of Cullen, Banffshire.

Chart (box): Descendants of Alexander Slater “Mash” (b. 1829)
Chart (indented): Descendants of Alexander Slater “Mash” (b. 1829)
The charts show 4 generations from Alexander Sclater or Slater “Hasser” who re-styled himself Alexander Slater “Mash”. He is reputed to to have created the Tee name “Mash”, declaring that it stood for Mr Alexander Slater “Hasser”.


Stringer
Chart (box): Descendants of Thomas Stringer (b. c1796)
Chart (indented): Descendants of Thomas Stringer (b. c1796)
The charts show 5 generations, including Neil's maternal grandparents Emma Olga Stringer and Alfred Lanchester, based in Norfolk in England.
Thomas Stringer was born in Bagthorp, Norfolk and married Sarah Sparham.
English census entries also show many of the male descendants working on the land with occupations such as 'agricultural labourer'.


Wood
Chart (box): Descendants of William Wood “Doo” (b. c1770)
Chart (indented): Descendants of William Wood “Doo” (b. c1770)
The charts show 7 generations of the Wood “Doo” family, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland.
William Wood “Doo” married Catherine Mair in 1798 in the Parish of Cullen, Banffshire.

Chart (box): Descendants of William Wood “King” (b. c1695)
Chart (indented): Descendants of William Wood “King” (b. c1695)
The charts show 9 generations of the Wood “King” family, including Neil's paternal great great grandparents Helen Wood “King” and John Pirie “Buxer”, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland.
William Wood “King” married Helen Runcie in 1715 in the Parish of Cullen, Banffshire.

Chart (box): Descendants of John Wood “Royal” (b. c1800)
Chart (indented): Descendants of John Wood “Royal” (b. c1800)
The charts show 6 generations of the Wood “Royal” family, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland.
John Wood “Royal” married Helen Wood “Doo” in 1822 in the Parish of Cullen, Banffshire.

Chart (box): Descendants of William Wood “Wilkin” (b. c1800)
Chart (indented): Descendants of William Wood “Wilkin” (b. c1800)
The charts show 5 generations of the Wood “Wilkin” family, based in and around Portknockie, Banffshire in North East Scotland.
William Wood “Wilkin” married Jane Wood "Peter" in 1823 in the Parish of Cullen, Banffshire.