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James Wilson

James Wilson

Male 1850 - 1934  (83 years)

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  • Name James Wilson 
    Born 16 Sep 1850  Broadhill, Graemsay c 6th October 1850 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Sep 1934  Melvin Place, Stromness buried Graemsay (Gravestone D39) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I505  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Father James Wilson,   b. 19 Nov 1812, Walls and Flotta Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1885, Flaghill, Graemsay (Gravestone D39) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Skinner,   b. 26 Feb 1813, Quoys, Graemsay c 2/3 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1895, Graemsay, (Gravestone D39) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Feb 1845  Hoy and Graemsay Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Johnston,   b. 26 May 1850,   d. 6 Nov 1895, The Church of Graemsay (Gravestone D39) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1869  Hoy and Graemsay Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Wilson,   b. 11 Nov 1869, Cooks House, Graemsay, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1944, Garson (Gravestone Graemsay D15) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     2. Margaret Wilson,   b. 20 May 1871,   d. 26 Mar 1952, 8 Melvin Place Stromness (Gravestone Graemsay D39) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Thomson,   b. 4 Mar 1849,   d. 14 Feb 1926, Graemsay (GravestoneD42) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Abt 1899 
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Seaman 1861, 1871,
      13-2-1870 Compeared by the Kirk Session of Hoy and Graemsay and found guilty of Antinuptual fornication they were admonished by the Session.

      informant at fathers death in 1885
      1891 Farmer Flaghill moved to Cletts abt 1897
      at 1901 census at Kleets, Graemsay with 2nd wife.
      at 1911 census at Cletts, Graemsay a Crofter and Fisherman
      moved to Stromness 14th Oct 1913

      OBITUARY FOR JAMES "CUTTY" WILSON (ORKNEY HERALD 1934)
      In the passing of Mr James Wilson, Melvin Place, Stromness, on Monday, a link with the past has been broken, and one of the few remaining old-time whalers has gone to his rest. Born in Graemsay on 6th September 1850, Mr Wilson was within one week of his 84th Birthday. He took to the sea early, being well accustomed to sailing boats as a boy he signed on a one of the crew of that famous old whaler, the barque "True Love" of Hull in 1866 (aged 16) going to Davis Straights with his brother Bill and his Cousin, a Skinner from Quoys. They got frozen on their first voyage and the rescue ship dropped them off in Shetland from where they had to make their own way home. In 1867 he was again at Davis Straights on the SS Wildfire of Dundee and again in 1870 he formed one of the crew of the SS Intrepid of Dundee visiting the Straights. Having had enough of the stormy voyages after whales in the icy North sea where life was often at stake and where wages were precarious, he went on the Western Ocean trade to Quebec from Glasgow from 1971 to 1876. Sticking to sailing ships he signed on to vessels such as the Chippewa, Shandon, Leaping Water, Abeona and Abbotsford, all of Glasgow. Then for a couple of years he tried coasting on the schooner St Fergus of Wick and in 1879 he made a trip to the Mediterranean on the SS Macedonia of Glasgow.
      The following year he returned to the coasting trade on the schooner "Pearl" of Wick and the SS Cairo of Sunderland. His last vessel was the SS Isle of Bute in 1883. Since that time he lived at home going to the fishing and latterly he bought a house in Stromness where he lived for a few years.
      Mr Wilson was an intrepid seaman and and extremely handy man. Few could handle a sailing yole better than he could, but he never had any time for motor power, preferreing sails. He was twice married, but both his wifes predeceased him. His family consisted of a son and a daughter by his first wife, both of whom survive, viz., Mr James Wilson, Garson, Graemsay, and his daughter (Maggie) kept house for her father in Stromness.
      Mr Wilson was always a very keen sportsman and a dead shot. He "went with the gun" until he was long past the allotted span, and was very loath to give it up, even when he was manifestly unfit to trust with a fowling-piece. many a stormy voyage he had and he braved them all, but now he has cast anchor for the last time and has earned his rest. His passing leaves a blank in Stromness. The race of hardy whale fisher is fast diminishing, and none is taking their place, for the trade is done