The Aimer Family
An historical and photographic perspective

William Aimer & Katharine Gordon | Thomas Aimer & Susanna Miln |Captain James Aimer & Margaret Smith
George Aimer & Margaret Scott | Chesterfield Sime Aimer & Robert Russell

The Aimer Family of New Zealand

Ancestry Chart
Index of Official Parish Registries and Statutory Registries for Births, Marriages and Deaths

Memorial Inscriptions for the Barry Churchyard

The Waugh Family Library

Dundee Delineated, by A. Colville and Alex Sandeman, 1822 (12 MB pdf)

Dundee Memoranda 1509 - 1689
From Dundee Delineated, 1822

During a period of relative peace between Scotland and England, the status of Dundee as a royal burgh was reconfirmed (in The Great Charter of Charles I, dated 14 September 1641). However, with the outbreak of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in 1644, Dundee began to suffer at the hands of nobles loyal to the King. The Royalist James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose besieged Dundee in April 1645. On 1 September 1651, during the Third English Civil War), the English Parliamentarians invaded Scotland. General Monck, commander of Cromwell's forces in Scotland, captured Dundee. His troops pillaged the royal burgh, destroying much of it and killing up to 2,000 of the 12,000 inhabitants. John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee raised the Stuart standard on Dundee Law in 1689. For this early contribution to the Jacobite uprising, Graham quickly earned the name Bonnie Dundee. - from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Dundee

Map showing Barre, Carnouste and Panbryde, from Angusia Provincia Scotiae sive The Shire of Angus, 1678
Map showing Barre, Carnouste and Panbryde, from Angusia Provincia Scotiae sive The Shire of Angus, 1678

The Prospect of ye Town of Dundee from ye East by John Slezer, 1693
The Prospect of ye Town of Dundee from ye East by John Slezer, 1693

Dundee - A Town in the Shire of Angus, so called from Dun, which in our old Language signifies a Hill, and Tay the Name of a River, it being situated at the Foot of a Hill on the North side of the River Tay, not far from its Entry into the Ocean. It stands on a most pleasant Plain, and is adorned with excellent Buildings of all sorts. It hath two Churches, a high Steeple, a Harbour for Ships of Burthen, and a considerable Traffick with Strangers, whence the Inhabitants are generally rich, and those who fall into Decay have a large Hospital provided for them. Of old this Town gave the Title of Earl, and Dignity of Constable to the Chief of the Scrimgers, but of late it gave the Title of Viscount to the Lord Dundee; who was killed by their Majesties, King William and Queen Mary's Forces, at the Battle of Gillicrankie. - Robert Sibbald in Theatrum Scotiae

William Aimer &

Katharine Gordon
Born: Oct 8, 1665 (?) Born:
Place: Arbirlot, Angus, Scotland (?) Place:
Married:  
Place:  
Died: Died:
Place: Place:
Buried: Buried:

Note: The Barry OPR's for birth begin in 1704, those for Panbride in 1693 and those for Arbirlot in 1632. It is possible that the Aimers were living in Barry prior to 1704 and registered the births in Panbride and in Arbirlot prior to 1693.

William Aimer's father may have been David Aimers. David Aimers had at least two children: Williame born Oct 8, 1665, and  a daughter Elspet born March 13, 1667. Both births were registered in Arbirlot Parish. - from Scotland's People OPR

William Aimer and Katharine (Cathrain) Gordon had at least eight children: THOMAS (born June 26, 1696, in Panbride); Katharine (born Oct 10, 1697, in Panbride); Anna (born Feb 22, 1699, in Panbride); Margaret (born Sept 1, 1701, in Panbride); Katharine (born March 6, 1703, in Panbride); William (born Sept 12, 1704, in Barry); James (born Aug 5, 1706, in Barry); and Jean (born June 9, 1708, in Barry). - from Scotland's People OPR

Please note that Carnoustie was in the Parish of Panbride until 1704.

Children Born Place Died Place
THOMAS June 26, 1696 Panbride    
Katharine Oct 10, 1697 Panbride before March 6, 1703  
Anna Feb 22, 1699 Panbride    
Margaret Sept 1, 1701 Panbride    
Katharine March 6, 1703 Panbride    
William Sept 12, 1704 Barry Nov 3, 1723 (?)  
James Aug 5, 1706 Barry    
Jean June 9, 1708 Barry May 6, 1783 (?)* Carnoustie

* Spouse to David Miln

June 26, 1696, William Aimer and Katharine Gordon had... Thomas baptized
June 26, 1696, William Aimer and Katharine Gordon had... Thomas baptized
From the Official Parish Registry for Panbride, Angusshire, Scotland, 1696

 

1723 ..........

A William Aimer died on Nov 3, 1723, in Barry.

 

1728 ..........

Margaret Aimer & David Lowson

Margaret Aimer married David Lowson on July 12, 1728. They had at least one child: Isobel (born Oct 17, 1736, in Arbirlot).

 

1730 ..........

James Aimer & Margaret Smith

James Aimer (wright or carpenter, joiner) married Margaret Smith on March 24, 1730, in Barry.  - from Scotland's People OPR This James Aimer and Margaret Smith should not be confused with Thomas' son James who also married a Margaret Smith (see below). James Aimer and Margaret Smith may have had at least one child: Jean (born Nov 21, 1731, in Barry).

Jean Aimer & David Milne

 

1757 ..........

Jean Aimer & David Milne

Jean Aimer (daughter of James Aimer and Margaret Smith) married David Milne (in Parish of Panbride) in Barry on Dec 31, 1757.

 

The Lands of Carnoustie
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnoustie

The lands of Carnoustie remained in the ownership of the Fernie family until the end of the 16th century. In 1595 they had passed into the hands of Mitchell Downie and Margaret Fernie who sold them to Robert Bultie, Burgess of Dundee for the sum of 5,000 merks. They then came into the possession of the Alexander family, probably around the beginning of 17th century, and documents dating to the middle of that century mention a village of Carnoustie. The estate was then sold to Patrick Lyon of Strathmore around 1680, and remained in that family's ownership, passing through marriage to James Milne, a wealthy shipmaster from Montrose around 1752.

The Barry Parish register attests to a small but thriving community based largely on linen weaving existing on the land that became Carnoustie at least from the early 18th century (before then, the place of residence is not listed in the records). Around a fifth of the births registered in the parish in the mid-18th century are listed as being in the Carnoustie estate.

The stimulus that triggered the expansion of the town was undoubtedly the sudden increase in demand for linen from around 1760, caused by the population explosion of the mid-18th century. Handloom weaving was a relatively easy trade to learn and, at that time, a fairly prosperous career. In 1792 on his return from India, Major William Phillips, former valet to the Earl of Panmure, purchased Carnoustie estate from James Milne for £5,000. Phillips most likely recognised the potential of the local industry when he offered portions of the land for feu in 1797.

The first person to take up a feu was Thomas Lowson, a local loom wright, who rented 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land near the new road that had been recently been marked out by David Gardyne of Ravensby. Over the next few years, more and more people settled in the immediate area The venture proved profitable and Phillips sold the property in 1808 to George Kinloch for £11,000.

In the Papers of the Maule Family, Earls of Dalhousie, Panmure Estate and Household Papers (National Archives of Scotland # GD45/18/1950) for the parish of Panbride and barony of Panmure, it is indicated under "Title" that: Tacks (14) to James Nairn, James Broun, James Mitchell, Andrew Mill, James Stroak, John Ogilvie, William Broun senr., and junior, Mr. Andrew Fitchet, schoolmaster at Panbride, Alexander Jaffarson, David Balbirny, James Aimer, Robert Mill and William Mitchel of parts of the lands of Balwissy. More specifically, it states (GD45/18/1934 - dated Oct 23, 1758): Tack to Thomas Aimer in Panbride of a fourth of the lands of West Townend thereof in the parish and barony thereof.

 

Thomas Aimer &

Susanna Miln(e)
Born: June 26, 1696  Born: Nov 30, 1711
Place: Panbride, Angus Place: Barry, Angus
Married: Dec 21, 1732
Place: Carnoustie, Barry, Angus
Died: Died:
Place: Place:
Buried: Buried:

Margaret Aimer & Captain Alexander Hanton | Captain James Aimer & Margaret Smith

Susanna Milne's father was Thomas Milne. A Thomas Milne married Agnes Constable in Dundee on May 16, 1706. Another Thomas Milne was born on April 16, 1707 in Rescobie but only the father's name of Thomas was given on the OPR. Thomas Milne and his wife  (mother not identified on OPR) had at least three children born in Barry: Alexander (born Nov 30, 1709); Susanna (born Nov 30, 1711); and Joan (or Jean, born Jan 29, 1714). - from Scotland's People OPR 

Thomas Milne's (the father of Susanna) parents may have been Thomas Milne (of Muirtoun) and Hellen Wedderburn. Thomas Milne Sr.'s parents may have been Alexander Milne, Magister and Burgess, and Agnes Fletcher.  Alexander's father was also Alexander Milne, Baillie of Dundee (born 1583, son of Thomas Milne and Margaret Spalding) and his mother was Elizabeth Fletcher (daughter of Andrew Fletcher, Dundee). - From "The Wedderburn book. A history of the Wedderburns in the counties of Berwick and Forfar, 1296-1896, v.1"

The Milne Family

Thomas Aimer and Susanna Miln were married on Dec 21, 1732, in Carnoustie, and had at least  eight children: Isabell (born Nov 11, 1733); Susanna (born June 12, 1735); Barbara (born Oct 26, 1737); Thomas (born May 16, 1741); Margaret (born Feb 20, 1746); Isobel (born Sept 3, 1749); JAMES (born Feb 15, 1751) and Jannet (born May 2, 1754), all in Carnoustie. Thomas Aimer's occupation was "wright".

Children Born Place Died Place
Isabell Nov 11, 1733 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus    
Susanna June 12, 1735 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus    
Barbara Oct 26, 1737 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus    
Thomas May 16, 1740 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus    
Margaret Feb 20, 1746 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus June 14, 1792 Dundee
Isobel Sept 3, 1749 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus    
JAMES Feb 15, 1751 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus May 6, 1792 Kattegat Strait, Denmark
Jannet May 2, 1754 Carnoustie, Barry, Angus    

February 15, 1751, of a son of Thomas Aimer, Wright in Carnousty and his spouse Susanna Milne, called James
February 15, 1751, of a son of Thomas Aimer, Wright in Carnousty and his spouse Susanna Milne, called James

Note the house of "Miln Esq." on the West side of the map.

Map showing Barry and Carnousty, 1794
Map showing Barry and Carnousty, 1794

 

1772 ..........

Margaret Aimer & Alexander Hanton

Margaret Aimer (Emmer or Emer) (daughter of Thomas Aimer & Susanna Milne) married Alexander Hanton (Shipmaster) on Feb 16, 1772, in Dundee. They had at least six children (born in Dundee): Margaret (born Feb 1, 1775 in Dundee); Ann (Nov 8, 1777); Rachel and Isabell (twins born May 31, 1788, and died a few days after their birth); Elizabeth (born Oct 1, 1783); and Margaret (born Aug 27, 1786). - Scotland's People

Margaret Hanton & John Sime

Margaret (born 1786) was named for Margaret Smith (James' wife). Elizabeth is named after Elizabeth Aimer, aunt (Margaret must have had another sister). 

Captain Alexander Hanton

Alexander Hanton may have been the captain of the "Glasgow Packet". There was also a Hanton (and an Aimer) who captained the "Peggy" at different times. The Captain Aimer of the Peggy was not James Aimer who was captain of the Diamond. The other Captain Aimer may be Thomas.

Sealock Shipping, Sailed
Glasgow Packet, Hanton, from Glasgow, for Bo-ness

Caledonian Mercury, Monday, 08 July 1782
Caledonian Mercury, Monday, 08 July 1782
British Newspaper Archives
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Shipping, Grangemouth
Peggy, Hanton, from Dundee for Glasgow


Caledonian Mercury, Saturday, 20 November, 1790
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1792 ..........

Captain James Aimer

We are sorry to say...
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We are sorry to say, that Captain James Aimers, of the Diamond, had the misfortune to fall overboard last Sunday, at the entrance of the Cattegate; notwithstanding every effort made by the mate and ship's company to save him, he was drowned in their sight. - from Caledonian Mercury, Thursday 10 May 1792 The Kattegat is the area of sea to the east of the Danish peninsula.

Margaret Aimer may have died in Dundee on June 14, 1792. - Scotland's People

 

Captain Thomas (?) Aimer

Sound Intelligence, Sailed Outwards
Peggy, Aimer, from St. David's to St. Petersburgh

Caledonian Mercury, Saturday 28 July 1792
Caledonian Mercury, Saturday 28 July 1792
British Newspaper Archives
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1793 ..........

Sound Intelligence, Sailed Homewards
Aurora, Sime, from Riga to Leith


Caledonian Mercury, Thursday 05 December 1793
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Note the Diamond, Keillor, from Petersburgh for Dundee

 

1794 ..........

The Brigantine Called the Peggy of Dundee

The Brigantine Called the Peggy of Dundee
The deceased George Aimer late Master
Caledonian Mercury, Saturday, Sept 27, 1794

1795 ..........

Sound Intelligence, Passed Upward
The Aurora, Sime, from London to Petersburgh

Caledonian Mercury, Saturday 28 November 1795
Caledonian Mercury, Saturday 28 November 1795
British Newspaper Archives
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The Aurora, Sime, Struck on Anholt Reef the 4th inst. and is gone to Copenhagen to repair

 

1805 ..........

Margaret Hanton & John Syme

John Syme, Merchant in Perth and Margaret Hanton... daughter to Alexander Hanton late Shipmaster there
John Syme, Merchant in Perth and Margaret Hanton... daughter to Alexander Hanton late Shipmaster there
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Margaret Hanton (daughter of Margaret Aimer and Alexander Hanton, Shipmaster) married John Sime (son of James Sime, Shipmaster, and Mary Bell born on Jan 28, 1779, in Perth) on Jan 7, 1805, in Dundee and the marriage was also recorded in Perth Jan 8, 1805. They had at least  five children (all born in Perth): Margaret (born March 27, 1806); Chesterfield (born Aug 13, 1807); Mary Bell (born May 25, 1809); Janet (born April 3, 1811); and James (born July 10, 1812). - Scotland's People

Chesterfield Syme & Peter Dargie | Mary Bell Syme & John Gray

James Sime, of Trinity House, Dundee, 1795 [Trinity House Dundee Papers] ; master of Aurora of Dundee, 1798 [Aberdeen Journal #2665]

"James Sime, the late master of Aurora"

On 23 December (1798), Anacréon, Captain Blankman, captured the brigantine Aurora, in the North Sea while she was sailing from Riga to Lisbon. The French took Aurora into North Bergen. James Sime, the late master of Aurora, reported in February 1799 that while he was in Bergen, the crew of Anacréon blackened her sails with coal dust to disguise her as a collier. He described her as a brig of 15 guns and with a crew of 100 men. He also reported that another privateer, the cutter-rigged Perseverance, of ten guns and 45 men, had left to cruise the North Sea the day after Anacréon left.[6] - Wikipedia

Of Naval Events

The Naval Chronical, Volume 1, from January to June MDCCXCIX
The Naval Chronical, Volume 1, from January to June MDCCXCIX

 

1809 ..........

James Sime, Shipmaster, St. Clement's Lane

James Sime, Shipmaster, St. Clement's Road
From Dundee Directory for 1809

The Diamond was operating out of Dundee in 1809.

The Diamond, Master John Todd, 102 Tons, Built in 1786, Owner James Keiller
The Diamond, Master John Todd, 102 Tons, Built in 1786, Owner James Keiller
From the List of Shipping Belonging to Dundee, Dundee Directory, 1809

 

1836 ..........

Mary Bell Syme & John Gray

Mary Bell Syme (daughter of Margaret Hanton and John Sime) married John Gray on Oct 4, 1836, in Biggar, Lanarkshire. They had at least seven children (all born in Biggar): Margaret Hanton Gray (born Sept 22, 1837); Andrew (born Feb 3, 1839); Helen Hamilton (born Oct 4, 1840); Mary (born Sept 11, 1842); John (Sept 25, 1844); Janet (born Dec 5, 1846); and Jessie (born June 17, 1849). - Scotland's People

 

 

1838 ..........

Chesterfield Syme & Peter Dargie

Chesterfield Syme (daughter of Margaret Hanton and John Syme) married Peter Dargie (son of Robert Dargie and Isabel Brown) on Dec 9, 1838, in Penninghame, Wigtown, Scotland. They had at least three children (all born in Wigtown, Wigtownshire): Margaret Hanton Dargie (born about 1840); Robert (born Oct 22, 1843); and James (born Oct 10, 1845). - Scotland's People

 

 

1851 ..........

1861 Scotland Census - Biggar, Lanarkshireshire
Mary Bell Syme & John Gray

Name: John Gray
Age: 50
Estimated birth year: abt 1801
Relationship: Head
Spouse: Mary Gray
Gender: Male
Where born: Roberton, Lanarkshire
Parish Number: 648
Civil Parish: Lanark
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Wellgate Street
Occupation: Rector Of Grammcuis Chool
ED: 6A
Page: 28
Household schedule number: 111
LINE: 13
Roll: CSSCT1851_169
Household Members:
Name Age
John Gray 50
Mary Gray 41
Margaret Gray 13
Andrew Gray 12
Helen Gray 10
Mary Gray 8
John Gray 6
Jessie Gray 1
Charles Wilson 15
Willihm Wilson 13
Lillias Watson 20
Isabella I Wilson 17

Source Citation Parish: Lanark; ED: 6A; Page: 28; Line: 13; Roll: CSSCT1851_169; Year: 1851 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

1861 ..........

1861 Scotland Census - Newton Stewart, Penninghame, Wigtownshire
Chesterfield Syme & Peter Dargie

Name: Chesterfield Dargie
Age: 53
Estimated birth year: abt 1808
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : Peter Dargie
Gender: Female
Where born: Perth, Perth
Registration Number: 895
Registration district: Penninghame
Civil Parish: Penninghame
Town: Newton Stewart
County: Wigtownshire
Address: Main Street Graple Hotel
ED: 4
Household schedule number: 59
LINE: 18
Roll: CSSCT1861_148
Household Members:
Name Age
Peter Dargie 65
Chesterfield Dargie 53
Margaret Hunton Dargie 20
Robert Dargie 17
James Dargie 15
Mary Douglas 22

Source Citation Parish: Penninghame; ED: 4; Page: 13; Line: 18; Roll: CSSCT1861_148 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1861 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 7/8 April 1861. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb

Peter Dargie is a bank agent and J.P.

 

Margaret Hanton Gray (daughter of Mary Bell Syme and John Gray) married Archibald Horn (son of William Horn and Margaret Lyall) in Lanark on Aug 20, 1861. They had at least two children: William (born July 8, 1862, in Edinburgh) and Archibald John (born and died in 1864).

 

1864 ..........

Archibald Horn (bank clerk and husband of Margaret Hanton Gray) died on Feb 7, 1864, at the age of 27. Mr. Ewing, brother-in-law, was the informant.

 

1871 ..........

1871 Scotland Census - Lanark, Lanarkshire
Mary Bell Syme & John Gray with Margaret Gray and her son William Horn
 

Name: John Gray
Age: 70
Estimated birth year: abt 1801
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Mary Gray
Gender: Male
Where born: Roberton, Lanark
Registration Number: 648
Registration district: Lanark
Civil Parish: Lanark
Town: Lanark
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Wellgate Head
Occupation: Sert Teacher Factor Of St School
ED: 8
Household schedule number: 114
LINE: 12
Roll: CSSCT1871_146
Household Members:
Name Age
John Gray 70
Mary Gray 61
Margaret Horn 33
William Horn 8
William Thomson 18
Marion Abernathy 21

Source Citation Parish: Lanark; ED: 8; Page: 25; Line: 12; Roll: CSSCT1871_146 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb

 

1880 ..........

Mary Bell Syme (daughter of Margaret Hanton and John Sime) died in Lanark on Oct 25, 1880, and is buried in the Lanark Churchyard. She was 71. William Horn, grandson, was the informant.

868 (On N wall) John Gray rector Grammar School 12.1.1881 80, w Mary Bell Syme 25.10.1880 71, chn Janet 12.3.1849 2, Helen Hamilton 1.4.1859 18, Jessie 5.5.1864 15, Arthur d at sea 23.8.1877 25, gs Archd John Horn 9.6.1864 4m db here - from Karen Trainor, Lanarkshire

 

1895 ..........

Chesterfield Syme (daughter of Margaret Hanton and John Syme and widow of Peter Dargie, bank agent) died on Nov 16, 1895, in St. Mary, Dundee at the age of 88.

 

1901 ..........

1901 Scotland Census - Edinburgh Robertson Memorial
Margaret Hanton Gray

Name: Margaret H Horn
Age: 63
Estimated birth year: abt 1838
Relationship: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Biggar, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 685/5
Registration district: Newington
Civil Parish: Edinburgh Robertson Memorial
County: Midlothian
Address: 82 Thirlestane Rd
Occupation: Housekeeper
ED: 107
Household schedule number: 92
LINE: 14
Roll: CSSCT1901_389
Household Members:
Name Age
Margaret H Horn 63
William Horn 38
Margaret F Gray 21
Mary A Ritchie 28
Jeanie Shankie 24

Source Citation Parish: Edinburgh Robertson Memorial; ED: 107; Page: 15; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1901_389 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description The 1901 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April 1901. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

William Horn is a "Law Agent (solicitor)". Margaret F. Gray is a "niece".

 

1911 ..........

Margaret Hanton Gray (daughter of Mary Bell Syme and John Gray and widow of Archibald Horn) died on March 5, 1911, in Morningside, Edinburgh, at the age of 73. William Horn, son, was the informant.

 

James Aimer &

Margaret Smith
Born: Feb 15, 1751 Born: Jan 24, 1752
Place: Carnoustie, Barry, Angus Place: Dundee, Angus
Married: Aug 6, 1784
Place: Dundee
Died: May 6, 1792 Died:
Place: Kattegat Strait, Denmark  Place:
Buried: At Sea Buried:

George Aimer & Margaret Scott

James Emmer, sailor, and Margaret Smith daughter of the deceased Peter Smith both in this parish
James Emmer, sailor, and Margaret Smith daughter of the deceased Peter Smith both in this parish

On the marriage record for James Aimer and Margaret Smith his name is recorded as Emmers The marriage record in the OPR reads: James Emmers, sailor, and Margaret Smith, daughter of the deceased Peter Smith, both in this parish contracted July 31 and married August 6, 1784. Children's names and birth dates are confirmed from the family bible in possession of Simon Aimer, New Zealand. They were also confirmed in the OPR in Dundee. We only located two children in the OPR. Family history passed down through the Aimer family in New Zealand (Simon Aimer) states that an Aimer ancestor was hanged for piracy in Scotland. - Glenda Waugh

Margaret Smith's parents were Peter (or Patrick?) Smith (weaver and rigmaker) and Elizabeth Yeaman and they had at least seven children: MARGARET (born Jan 24, 1752); Elizabeth (born July 4, 1754);  Peter, George, Isabell (born Sept 23, 1750); Alexander (born May 23, 1756); Agnes (born Feb 19, 1758); and Patrick (born Sept 16, 1759). Peter Smith's father was John Smith. Elizabeth Yeaman's parents are unknown but she had three siblings: Isabell, Patrick and Jean. - OPR, Dundee

James Aimer and Margaret Smith had at least three children: Elizabeth (born May 25, 1785); GEORGE (born Feb 3, 1787, in Dundee) and James (born Sept 10, 1788).

Children Born Place Died C.O.D. Place
Elizabeth May 25, 1785 Dundee      
GEORGE Feb 3, 1787 Dundee Sept 20, 1824 liver complaint Dundee
James Sept 10, 1788 Dundee      

Captain Aimer, owner of his own ship Diamond

James Aimer, Owner and Captain of the Diamond

James Aimer (Shipmaster) "was Capt. Aimer, owner of his own ship 'Diamond' was born in the big white house of Barry near Carnoustie - his father was there", according to a letter written to Edmund Aimer (George and Margaret's grandson) by probably either George Aimer (born 1817) or Elizabeth Sanderson Aimer (born 1819).

Captain James Aimer sailed the Diamond from Dundee, across the North Sea, through the Kattegat Straits and into the Baltic to Riga and St. Petersburgh and into the Mediterranean as far as Gallipoli. There was another Captain Aimer (unknown relationship) of the "Peggy" (of Dundee) around the same time (1785-1800) and who also sailed a number of times to St. Petersburgh. - British Newspaper Archives

The Caledonian Mercury

The Caledonian Mercury, Edinburgh
The Caledonian Mercury, Edinburgh

Sound Shipping, Passed the Sound
Diamond, of and from Dundee, Aimers, for St. Petersburgh

Sound Shipping, Passed the Sound, Diamond, of and from Dundee, Aimers...
Caledonian Mercury, Thursday, 26 July 1787
British Newspaper Archives
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Passed the Sound
Diamond, Aimer, from St. Petersburgh, for London


Caledonian Mercury
British Newspaper Archives
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We are Sorry to Say...

Caledonian Mercury, Thursday, 10 May 1792
Caledonian Mercury, Thursday, 10 May 1792
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We are sorry to say, that Captain James Aimers, of the Diamond, had the misfortune to fall overboard last Sunday, at the entrance of the Cattegate; notwithstanding every effort made by the mate and ship's company to save him, he was drowned in their sight. - from Caledonian Mercury, Thursday 10 May 1792 The Kattegat is the area of sea to the east of the Danish peninsula.

Another Diamond

"The Bonnie Ship the Diamond" was written about the first whaling voyage to the Greenland Sea in 1812, when Captain Gibbons, a member of the family that owned part of the Aberdeen whaling fleet, commanded the vessel. She was commissioned in Quebec in 1801 and ended her days crushed by the ice in 1819, when the crew stayed late in the season to augment their catch and became trapped by the advancing winter. The men were saved by crossing the ice to board a sister ship. (Peter Hall, notes 'Folk Songs of North-East Scotland')

The Bonnie Ship Diamond

 The Diamond is a ship, my lads, for the Davis Strait she's bound,
          And the quay it is all garnished with bonnie lassies round.
          Captain Thomson gives the order to sail the ocean wide,
          Where the sun it never set, my lads, nor darkness dims the sky.

           So it's cheer up, my lads, let your hearts never fail,
         While the bonnie ship, The Diamond, goes a-fishing for the whale.

           Along the quay at Peterheid the lassies stand aroon',
         Wi' their shawls all pu'ed aboot them and the saut tears rinnin' doon.
         Don't you weep, my bonnie lass, though you be left behind,
         For the rose will grow on Greenland's ice before we change our mind.

           Here's a health to The Resolution, likewise The Eliza Swan,
         Here's a health to The Battler of Montrose and The Diamond, ship of fame.
         We wear the trousers o' the white and the jackets o' the blue,
         When we return to Peterheid we'll hae sweethearts enoo.

           It'll be a bricht both day and nicht when the Greenland lads come hame,
         Wi' a ship that's fu' o' oil, my lads, and money to our name;
         We'll make the cradles for to rock and the blankets for to tear,
         And every lass in Peterheid sing "Hushabye, my dear".

 Footnote - By 1820, Peterhead, The Blue Toun, was the principal whaling port in Britain and by the end of the century it also had  Scotland's third largest herring fleet.

The 1801 Dundee Census recorded a James Aimers in a household in Dundee with 2 males and 1 female. - from Friends of Dundee City Archives

In "An Historical Account of Peterhead" by James Arbuthnot, 1815, there is mention of the Diamond (weight of 75 tons) with owner and Master identified as Thomas Darg. The Eliza is listed and The Resolution is listed and mentioned: "Of the 164 whales brought home in 1814, one vessel, the Resolution, had 44".

There was also a Diamond that was operating out of Dundee in 1809.

The Diamond, Master John Todd, 102 Tons, Built in 1786, Owner James Keiller
The Diamond, Master John Todd, 102 Tons, Built in 1786, Owner James Keiller
From the List of Shipping Belonging to Dundee, Dundee Directory, 1809

 

During the War of 1812

Lloyd's Marine List - April 6, 1813

...and on Saturday, the Mina, of and for Sunderland, from Portsmouth, Aimer, master, was taken about half a mile from Sandgate Castle
...and on Saturday, the Mina, of and for Sunderland, from Portsmouth, Aimer, master, was taken about half a mile from Sandgate Castle

Lloyd's Marine List - April 30, 1813

The Mina, Aimer, from Portsmouth to Sunderland, taken off Dover by the Genii privateer, was carried into Boulogne 5th instant
The Mina, Aimer, from Portsmouth to Sunderland, taken off Dover by the Genii privateer, was carried into Boulogne 5th instant

Family history passed down through the Aimer family in New Zealand (Simon Aimer) states that an Aimer ancestor was hanged for piracy in Scotland. - Glenda Waugh

 

George Aimer &

Margaret Scott
Christened: February 3, 1787 Born: Feb 19, 1792 (?)
Place: Dundee, Scotland Place: Fowlis, Scotland (?)
Married: November 16, 1810
Place: Dundee, Scotland
Died: Sept 20, 1824  Died: after 1841
Place: Dundee, Scotland   Place:
Buried: Howff Cemetery, Dundee Buried:

DNA: We have an Ancestry.com DNA match with lizzie_f_bradley with common ancestors George Aimer and Margaret Scott through George Aimer, Jr. and Helen Stewart through Edmund Aimer and Annie Elizabeth Feek..

 

The Scott side of the Family

Margaret Scott's parents may have been John Scott and Isabel Thomson. The letter written to Edmund Aimer states, "My Grandmother (by mothers' side) was born at Fowlis out from Dundee was married to John Scott, Farmer & Factor Blairgowrie. Resided at one time in Castle of Newton afterwards in Maryfield" (in Dundee?). George and Margaret's daughter Isabella Scott Aimer was named after Margaret's mother (Isabella or perhaps Isabel Scott).

Map showing Blairgowrie Estate with Newtown just to the North, 1794
Map showing Blairgowrie Estate with Newtown just to the North, 1794

Newton castle is said to be haunted by a Green Lady, a common apparition and folklore motif in many Scottish castles and fortified homes. There are a number of stories to explain the Green Lady's origin, one story suggests that she is the phantom of Lady Jean Drummond, who unwisely fell in love with one of the Blair's of Ardblair - with whom the Drummond family were often feuding. Inevitably their true love had to be abandoned due to a fresh violent and bloody feud, and she committed suicide by drowning herself in one of the nearby lochs. Another story suggests that a Lady at the castle wished to gain the affections of a certain man, and went to the local wise woman for some magical advice. She was informed that she would have to wear green - the colour of the fairies - and spend a long night waiting at the Corbie Stane (a nearby standing stone). Unfortunately she died before her affections could be gratified, and she now haunts the castle in grief wearing the green dress she wore in her quest for love. The apparition is thought to be the strongest at Halloween, a time when the denizens of the otherworlds could walk abroad in our realm. It was during the night of Halloween that her gravestone was said to turn three times around. - From Mysterious Britain and Ireland

1797 Farm Horse Tax, Blairgowrie Parish, showing John Scott of Newton with 4 horses.
1797 Farm Horse Tax, Blairgowrie Parish, showing John Scott of Newton with 4 horses.

A John Scott and an Isabel Thomson (of Parish of Inchtower) were married on Aug 9, 1789, in the Parish of Fowlis. They had at least two children: David (born Sept 12, 1790, in Fowlis Easter); MARGARET (born on Feb 19, 1792, in Fowlis Easter); and possibly a third, James (born Aug 10, 1800, in St. Andrews and St. Leonards). There was a John Scott that died in Blairgowrie on Sept 26, 1830 and an Isabel Scott that died in Fowlis on Feb 15, 1834, at the age of 67. - from Scotland's People OPR There was also an Isabella Scott (widow, age 70) listed in the 1841 Scotland Census living at Ladyfield, Liff and Benvie (about 2 km from the town of Fowlis).

 

George Aimer and Margaret Scott were married November 16, 1810, in Dundee, Scotland. They had five children: Margaret (born December 2, 1812), Isabella (born May 5, 1814), George (born February 28, 1817, in a house in Wellgate), Elizabeth (born June 14, 1819) and CHESTERFIELD (born August 12, 1821).

Children Born Place Died C.O.D. Place
Margaret Smith Aimer Dec 2, 1812 Dundee, Scotland Sept 30, 1847* TB Dundee, Scotland
Isabella Scott Aimer May 5, 1814 Dundee, Scotland June 28, 1834* TB Dundee, Scotland
George Aimer Feb 28, 1817 Dundee, Scotland June 29, 1904 Old Age St. Andrews, Dundee, Scotland
Elizabeth Sanderson Aimer June 14, 1819 Dundee, Scotland Dec 30, 1897 Paralysis St. Andrews, Dundee, Scotland
CHESTERFIELD SIME AIMER Aug 12, 1821* Dundee, Scotland Feb 11, 1869 TB St. Andrews, Dundee, Scotland

* from Glenda Waugh & Howff Cemetery Records (Friends of Dundee City Archives)

Chesterfield was named after Chesterfield Sime, daughter of John Sime (son of James Syme, Shipmaster, and Mary Bell) and Margaret Hanton. John Syme was a merchant in Perth and later a bank manager in Dundee. Margaret Hanton's father was Alexander Hanton, a shipmaster in Dundee, and her mother was Margaret Emmer (Aimer). Janet Syme (daughter of James Syme and Mary Bell) married James Hay Robertson and also named a daughter Chesterfield (born May 30, 1807).

 

1818 ..........

In The Dundee Directory for 1818, George Aimer was listed as a "grocer".
 
Name: George Aimer
Dates: 1801-1825
Location:
Town: Dundee
County/Colonial: Scotland Dundee
Occupation:
Occupation: grocer
Gender: Male
Address:
Address: Wellgate East
Town: Dundee
County/Colonial: Scotland
Source Date: 1818
Source Info:
Listed in, [Dundee, 1818] The Dundee Directory for 1818. [Titlepage damaged], 1818, COLVILLE, A. & Co., Dundee

Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Avero Publications. Biography Database, 1680-1830. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England: Avero Publications, 1998. Description: This database is a massive collection of biographical data from Europe and the United States between 1680 and 1930.

James Aimer, wright, may be George's brother.

Aimer, James, wright & Aimer, George, grocer
Aimer, James, wright & Aimer, George, grocer
From the Dundee Directory for 1819

 

1820 ..........

In the Dundee Directory for 1820, George Aimer was listed as "grocer, spirit dealer".
 
Name: George Aimer
Dates: 1801-1825
Location:
Town: Dundee
County/Colonial: Scotland Manchester
Occupation: grocer  spirit dealer
Gender: Male
Address:
Address: Well Gate
Town:
Dundee
County/Colonial: Scotland
Source Date: 1820
Source Info:


Listed in, The Commercial Directory, of Scotland, Ireland, and the four most Northern Counties of England, for 1820-21 & 22, containing A representation of the Professional & Mercantile Inhabitants of the Principal Towns, with sketches of ancient and modern history, and a variety of matter of local and general interest. Embellished with neat Maps of Scotland & Ireland. [Price 18s. neatly bound.], 1820, PIGOT, J., Manchester, London, Dublin, Belfast, Clonmell, Colerain, Cork, Dundalk, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Londonderry, Newry, Sligo, Strabane, Waterford, Wexford, Edinburgh, Leith, Aberdeen, Air, Dumfries, Dundee, Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Linlithgow, Perth, Berwick-on-Tweed, Carlisle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Whitehaven, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Chester, Burslem, Potteries. Published by J. Pigot and Co. 16, Fountain-street, and sold by them and their agents, And by the following Booksellers and others, viz.: London - longman and Co. and Boosey and Sons; Dublin - J. Kempston; J. K. Johnston and Co. Advertizing Office; Martin Keene; Chambers and Hallogan; G. Carr; J. Charles; A. Watson and J. Coyne. Belfast - Lamont and Duggan, and S. Archbold. Clonmell - G. Higgins. Colerain - D. Dunlop. Cork - J. Conner. Dundalk - J. Corry. Galway - J. O’Flaherty. Kilkenny - A. Denroche. Limerick - E. Flin and H. and J. A. Watson. Londonderry - S. Boyd, and W. M’Cokell. Newry - A. Wilkinson. Sligo - A. Bolton, and J. Feeny. Strabane - Carroll and Forster. Waterford - J. R. Birnie, and S. Smith, jun. Wexford - S. Wheelock. Edinburgh - Oliver and Boyd, and A. Constable. Leith - J. Bernard, and J. Watt. Aberdeen - A. Browne, and A. Stevenson. Air - Wilson and Co. and D. Auld. Dumfries - J. Johnson. Dundee - R. Donaldson. Glasgow - W. Turnbull, and J. Jones. Kilmarnock - H. Crawford. Linlithgow - J. Bell. Perth - D. Morrison, jun. and Co. Berwick-on-Tweed - J. Reid. Carlisle - R. Johnston. Newcastle-upon-Tyne - J. Finlay, J. Slowan, and E, Humble. Whitehaven - William Grisdale and Co.; J. Robinson, and T. Wilson. Manchester - W. and W. Clarke; Mrs. Bancks; T. Sowler; and R. and W. Dean. Birmingham - Beilby and Knotts, and Wrightson. Leeds - J. Baines. Chester - Poole and Co. Burslem, Potteries, S. Brougham. Printed by T. Wilkinson, 19, Ridgefield

Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Avero Publications. Biography Database, 1680-1830. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England: Avero Publications, 1998. Description: This database is a massive collection of biographical data from Europe and the United States between 1680 and 1930.

 

1821 ..........

Map of Dundee, Scotland, 1821

George Aimer, Wine Merchant, Dundee, Scotland
George Aimer, Wine Merchant, Dundee, Scotland

George Aimer, Spirit Dealer, free Burgess of the Burgh of Dundee, November 6, 1822

 

1822 ..........

Listed under Principles Inns and Taverns for Dundee in Dundee Delineated, 1822
Listed under Principles Inns and Taverns for Dundee in Dundee Delineated, 1822
George Aimers Tavern, Wellgate

Principle Inhabitants, Aimer, George, wine and spirit merchant, Wellgate
Principle Inhabitants, Aimer, George, wine and spirit merchant, Wellgate
From
Dundee Delineated, 1822

Town House and Trades Hall, Dundee, 1822
Town House and Trades Hall, Dundee, 1822
From Dundee Delineated, 1822

Dundee Inhabitants 1650-1811
Dundee Inhabitants 1650-1811
From Dundee Delineated, 1822

 

1824 ..........

George Aimer died of on Sept 20, 1824, at the age of 37 and is buried in the Howff Cemetery in Dundee.

 

1832 ..........

Margaret Smith Aimer & Charles Christie

Margaret Smith Aimer married Charles Christie on Dec 3, 1832, in Dundee. They had two children: Margaret Aymer Christie (born Oct 11, 1833 in Montrose); and Charles (born Jan 19, 1835, in Montrose, and died Dec 5, 1839).

Margaret Aymer Christie & Alexander Leask

 

1834 ..........

Isabella Aimer died of "consumption" (tuberculosis) on June 28, 1834, and is buried in the Howff Cemetery, Dundee. - From Friends of Dundee City Archive, Howff Graveyard of Dundee, Initial A, 2008

 

1841 ..........

1841 Scotland Census - Meadow Close, Dundee, Angus
Margaret Scott Aimer with daughter Elizabeth and Alexander Aimer and his wife Margaret Fraser

Name: Widow Aimers
Age: 50
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1791
Gender: Female
Where born: Angus, Scotland
Civil Parish: Dundee
County: Angus
Address: Meadow Close
Occupation: Indt
Parish Number: 282
Household Members:
Name Age
Widow Aimers 50
Margret Aimers 24
Betsey Aimers 20
Alexr Aimer 22

Source Citation: Parish: Dundee; ED: 106; Page: 1; Line: 1460; Roll: CSSCT1841_42-0538; Year: 1841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841.

Alexander Aimer's father was James Aimer, Wright.

Alexander (flaxdresser) was married to Margaret Fraser (daughter of Alexander Fraser and Margaret Douglas) on Dec 20, 1836. He died Dec 14, 1877 (the name of Alexander's mother is incorrect - Margaret Douglas was his mother-in-law). Thomas Thomson (son-in-law was the informant). Thomas Thomson and Margaret Aimer were married in 1860 (Scotland's People). Margaret Fraser died on April 1, 1891 (Scotland's People).

Pre 1870 Sketch of Meadow Close by Charles S. Lawson
Pre 1870 Sketch of Meadow Close by Charles S. Lawson
http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/lawson/m.htm

1841 Scotland Census - Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Angus
 

Name: Chesterfield Aymers
Age: 15
Estimated birth year: abt 1826
Gender: Female
Where born: Angus, Scotland
   
Civil Parish: Monifieth
County: Angus
Address: Broughty Ferry
Occupation: F S
Parish Number: 310
Household Members:
Name Age
Margt Kinmond 65
Jessie Nicoll 40
Chesterfield Aymers 15

Source Citation: Parish: Dundee; ED: 106; Page: 1; Line: 1460; Roll: CSSCT1841_42-0538; Year: 1841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841.

Margaret Kinmond was a ladies seminary teacher.

 

1843 ..........

Chesterfield Sime Aimer married Robert Russell (born in Glasgow August 28, 1819) on Nov 6, 1843, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Dundee. They are the grandparents of Captain Robert Russell (born December 9, 1882).

Chesterfield Sime Aimer & Robert Russell

 

1847 ..........

Margaret Smith Aimer died of "consumption" (tuberculosis) on Sept 30, 1847, and was buried in the Old Howff Cemetery. She was the wife of Charles Christie, Spirit Dealer. - From Friends of Dundee City Archive, Howff Graveyard of Dundee, Initial A, 2008

 

1857 ..........

Margaret Aimer Christie & Alexander Leask

Margaret Aymer Christie (daughter of Margaret Smith Aimer and Charles Christie) married Alexander Leask (marine engineer and son of Alexander Leask and Elizabeth Ritchie born about 1836 in Dundee) on June 13, 1857, in Stracathro, Forfar. They had at least seven children: Alexander Ritchie (born April 26, 1858, in Dundee); Charles Christie (born Oct 7, 1859 in Wester Mill, Rattray, Perthshire); George Glen Dickinson (born May 22, 1861, in London, England); Margaret Elizabeth Aimer (born about 1865 in England); twins Anna Maria Stewart and William Edward Baxter (born Aug 22, 1866, in Dundee); and Edmund Aimer (born Nov 23, 1867, in Dundee).

Alexander Ritchie Leask  & Matilda Symers
Margaret Elizabeth Aimer Leask & James Clark Fairweather | Edmund Aimer Leask & Constance Ruth Metcalf

Alexander Ritchie Leask is my great great grandfather, he married Matilda Symers ( Matilda died in 1911) and had Ronald Symers Leask born approx 1889 and Marguerite Symers Leask born 1897, Ronald died in the 1950's having served as a gunner in the first world war. Marguerite married a Philip Septimore Thomas ( both died around 1974) and had Phyllis Marguerite Thomas who married (a few times!!) - but had Diana Marguerite Davis ( still alive) who is my mother. - Louise Hardman, April 20, 2015

Family Group Sheet for Alexander Ritchie Leask  & Matilda Symers

 

 

1888 ..........

Margaret Leask & James Fairweather

Margaret E. A. Leask Fairweather
Margaret E. A. Leask Fairweather
From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

Margaret E. A. Leask (daughter of Margaret Aimer Christie and Alexander Leask) married James C. Fairweather (son of William Fairweather and Mary Gilchrist) on Dec 24, 188, in London, England. They had three children: Edmund Victor (born Oct 5, 1889, in Dundee, died Oct 29, 1956, in Toronto, Ontario); Mabel Gilchrist (born Jan 5, 1891, in Dundee); and Douglas Mitchell (born June 18, 1900, in Carnoustie). - From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

Douglas Mitchell Fairweather & Kathleen Marguerite Stewart Mitchell

 

1891 ..........

1891 Scotland Census - Dundee, Angus
Margaret Elizabeth Aimer Leask & James Clark Fairweather and family

Name: James C Fairweather
Age: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Margaret Fairweather
Gender: Male
Where born: Dundee, Forfarshire
Registration Number: 282/4
Registration District: St Andrew
Civil Parish: Dundee
County: Angus
Address: 161 Albert St
Occupation: Letterpress Printer
ED: 25
Household Schedule Number: 42
Line: 17
Roll: CSSCT1891_95
Household Members:
Name Age
James C Fairweather 27
Margaret Fairweather 25
Edmund V Fairweather 1
Mabel Fairweather 3 Mo
Euphemia Fairweather 16

Source Citation: Parish: Dundee; ED: 25; Page: 7; Line: 17; Roll: CSSCT1891_95. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1891 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 5/6 April 1891. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

1897 ..........

Elizabeth Sanderson Aimer died on Dec 30, 1897 in St. Andrews, Dundee at the age of 78.

The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Sanderson Aimer

"... to divide the residue of my said means and estate equally between Robert Russell, Mechanic, Dundee and John Russell, Joiner, Dundee my nephews and Elizabeth Russell my niece and with regard to the share of revenue bequeathed to my said niece Elizabeth Russell I direct the said John Proctor... to hold the same in Trust for her and to expend the same for her behoof..."

 

1901 ..........

1901 Scotland Census - Barry, Angus
Margaret Elizabeth Aimer Leask & James Clark Fairweather and family

Name: Margaret E A Fairweather
Age: 36
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : James C Fairweather
Gender: Female
Where born: England
Registration Number: 274
Registration District: Barry
Civil Parish: Barry
County: Angus
Address: Ferrier Str
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 241
Line: 14
Roll: CSSCT1901_87
Household Members:
Name Age
James C Fairweather 37
Margaret E A Fairweather 36
Edmund V Fairweather 11
Mabel G Fairweather 9
Douglas M Fairweather 10mo
Euphemia W Fairweather 26
Helen Carcary 18

Source Citation: Parish: Barry; ED: 2; Page: 42; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1901_87. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1901 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April 1901. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Douglas Mitchell Fairweather and his mother Margaret Leask
Douglas Mitchell Fairweather and his mother Margaret Leask
From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

 

1905 ..........

James C. Fairweather and his son Edmund arrived from Glasgow into Montreal, Quebec aboard the Lakonia on Sept 27, 1905.

 

1906 ..........

Margaret, Mabel and Douglas Mitchell Fairweather emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland to Quebec, Canada, aboard the Corinthian. They arrived into Montreal, Quebec on June 19, 1906.

 

1909 ..........

Edmund Aimer Leask & Constance Ruth Metcalf

Edmund Aimer Leask (son of Margaret Aimer Christie and Alexander Leask) married Constance Ruth Metcalf (daughter of William Alexander Metcalf and Jessie ?) on May 11, 1909, in Portobello, Edinburgh. They had four children: Harold Metcalf (born June 20, 1910); Alexander Ritchie (born Sept 5, 1911); Henry Henderson (born Aug 8, 1912); and Malcolm Christie (born Sept 19, 1915). Harold, Alexander and Henry were killed May 14, 1943, with the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship AHS Centaur.

 

1911 ..........

1911 Census of Canada - Montreal, Quebec
Margaret Leask and James Fairweather
 

Name: James Feirweather
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 45
Birth Date: Jan 1866
Birthplace: Ecosse
Relation to Head of House: Chef (Head)
Spouse's Name: Mary Feirweather
Immigration Year: 1906
Tribal: Scotch (Scotish)
Province: Quebec
District: Maisonneuve
District Number: 172
Sub-District: Montreal
Sub-District Number: 153
Place of Habitation: 1768 Esplanode
Household Members:
Name Age
James Feirweather 45
Mary Feirweather 43
Mable Feirweather 20
Melet Feirweather 10

Source Citation: Year: 1911; Census Place: Montreal, Maisonneuve, Quebec; Page: 15; Family No: 173. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2007. <http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1911/index-e.html>. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description: This fifth census of Canada covers the nine provinces and two territories of Canada as of 1911: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, the Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, nationality, and origin. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1911 Census.

James, Marg, Mable and Mitchell Fairweather

 

1916 ..........

Edmund Victor Fairweather

Edmund Fairweather (bookkeeper) enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on Jan 7, 1916, in Windsor, Ontario and served in the Canadian Infantry 99th Battalion. His "present address" was Brush St., Detroit, Michigan. His Attestation Paper indicates that he had served 3 years with the Victoria Rifles in Montreal. According to his service record, Edmund Fairweather arrived in England (from Halidax, Nova Scotia) aboard the SS Olympic on June 8, 1916, and served in France with the Number 39 Field Hospital in Le Havre, the Number 10 Canadian Field Ambulance, Number 50 Casualty Clearing Station and Number 20 General Field Hospital in Camiers from about Jan 1 to Nov 12, 1917, and in the 1st Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge, England, later in 1917.

Service File for Edmund Fairweather

 

Canadian Infantry 99th Battalion

CEF - 99th Battalion

HMT Olympic

From 1916 to 1917, Olympic was chartered by the Canadian Government to transport troops from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Britain.[58] In 1917 she gained 6-inch guns and was painted with a "dazzle" camouflage scheme to make it more difficult for observers to estimate her speed and heading. Her dazzle colours were brown, dark blue, light blue, and white. Her many visits to Halifax Harbour carrying Canadian troops safely overseas, and back home after the war at Pier 2, made her a favourite symbol in the City of Halifax. Noted Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer made several paintings of her in Halifax. A large dance hall, "Olympic Gardens" was also named in her honour. After the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, Olympic also transported thousands of U.S. troops to Britain.[59] - from RMS Olympic, Wikipedia

Edmund Fairweather

Edmund Fairweather on left
Edmund Fairweather on left
From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

Edmund Fairweather on left
Edmund Fairweather on left
From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

Edmund Fairweather, 213503, Windsor, Ontario
Edmund Fairweather, 213503, Windsor, Ontario
See the Service File for Edmund Fairweather

Stewart reports that the 99th Infantry Battalion was organized on December 22, 1915 with a strength of 825 and disbanded on September 15, 1920. Stewart also reports that the unit was broken up and absorbed by the 4th Reserve Battalion to provide reinforcements for the Canadians Corps in the field. Both Meek and Love report that the 99th was absorbed by the 35th Battalion and Stewart notes the 35th was absorbed into the 4th Reserve Battalion. Love does note that the 4th Reserve Battalion did have a Western Ontario affiliation and that it trained the 35th and 99th. Men of the 4th Reserve Battalion later found themselves in the 1st, 18th and 47th Infantry Battalions in France.

The Field Ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit (it was not a vehicle), manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Most Field Ambulances came under command of a Division, and each had special responsibility for the care of casualties of one of the Brigades of the Division. The theoretical capacity of the Field Ambulance was 150 casualties, but in battle many wouldneed to deal with very much greater numbers. The Field Ambulance was responsible for establishing and operating a number of points along the casualty evacuation chain, from the Bearer Relay Posts which were up to 600 yards behind the Regimental Aid Posts in the front line, taking casualties rearwards through an Advanced Dressing Station (ADS) to the Main Dressing Station (MDS). It also provided a Walking Wounded Collecting Station, as well as various rest areas and local sick rooms. The Field Ambulances would usually establish 1 ADS per Brigade, and 1 MDS for the Division.

Evacuation of wounded

The Casualty Clearing Station was part of the casualty evacuation chain, further back from the front line than the Aid Posts and Field Ambulances. It was manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps, with attached Royal Engineers and men of the Army Service Corps. The job of the CCS was to treat a man sufficiently for his return to duty or, in most cases, to enable him to be evacuated to a Base Hospital. It was not a place for a long-term stay. CCS's were generally located on or near railway lines, to facilitate movement of casualties from the battlefield and on to the hospitals. Although they were quite large, CCS's moved quite frequently, especially in the wake of the great German attacks in the spring of 1918 and the victorious Allied advance in the summer and autumn of that year. Many CCS moved into Belgium and Germany with the army of occupation in 1919 too. The locations of wartime CCSs can often be identified today from the cluster of military cemeteries that surrounded them.

The Base Hospital was part of the casualty evacuation chain, further back from the front line than the Casualty Clearing Stations. They were manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps, with attached Royal Engineers and men of the Army Service Corps. In the theatre of war in France and Flanders, the British hospitals were generally located near the coast. They needed to be close to a railway line, in order for casualties to arrive (although some also came by canal barge); they also needed to be near a port where men could be evacuated for longer-term treatment in Britain. There were two types of Base Hospital, known as Stationary and General Hospitals. They were large facilities, often centred on some pre-war buildings such as seaside hotels. The hospitals grew hugely in number and scale throughout the war. Most of the hospitals moved very rarely until the larger movements of the armies in 1918. Some hospitals moved into the Rhine bridgehead in Germany and many were operating in France well into 1919. Most hospitals were assisted by voluntary organisations, most notably the British Red Cross.

- The Long, Long Trail

 

1921 ..........

1921 Census of Canada - Montreal, Quebec
Margaret Elizabeth Aimer Leask and James C. Fairweather and family
 

Name: James C Fairweather
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 56
Birth Year: abt 1865
Birth Place: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Margaret Fairweather
Father Birth Place: Scotland
Mother Birth Place: Scotland
Year of Immigration: 1905
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
Province or Territory: Quebec
District: Montreal (St Lawrence-St George)
District Number: 202
Sub-District: Montreal (City)
Sub-District Number: 34
City, Town or Village: Montreal
Street or Township: 107 Hutchison
Municipality: Montreal
Occupation: Printer
Income: 1728
Household Members:
Name Age
James C Fairweather 56
Margaret Fairweather 55
Douglas M Fairweather 21
Richard Clarke 27

Source Citation: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 141; Census Place: Montreal (City), Montreal (St Lawrence-St George), Quebec; Page Number: 4. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description: Find your Ancestors in the 1921 Canadian Census. Canada added 1,581,840 new residents between 1911 and 1921. The Prairie Provinces were the big gainers, with Alberta and Saskatchewan each growing by more than 50 percent.

 
1930 ..........

Douglas Mitchell Fairweather & Kathleen Marguerite Stewart Mitchell

Douglas Mitchell Fairweather married Kathleen Marguerite Stewart Mitchell on Sept 20, 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. - From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

 

1943 ..........

We Remember

Australian Hospital Ship Centaur
Australian Hospital Ship Centaur

Harold, Alexander, Malcolm's wife Orba, Malcolm and Henry Leask
Harold, Alexander, Malcolm's wife Orba, Malcolm and Henry Leask

"My mother was pregnant with me at the time. She was ill and Dad's brothers, Harold, Alexander and Henry implored for dad to go home and look after my mother on compassionate leave. Dad didn't know that they were on the ship...the attack broke the Geneva Convention about targeting hospital ships. The effects of the sinking of the Centaur which went down in three minutes have continued to this day. The effect was huge on my parents, they could never talk about it, none of dad's brothers were married and they used to treat mum as a princess, the grief was overwhelming. The tragedy meant it was the end of the family on Dad's side." - Alex Leask

"Yeah, it was Mum's ill health, actually [that saved him] Mum was six months pregnant with my eldest brother. So Dad's brothers implored the colonel of the unit to have Dad sent to Sydney on compassionate leave. That separated the brothers." Ted Leask

Hospital Ship Sunk By Enemy Submarine
Hospital Ship Sunk By Enemy Submarine
Sydney Morning Herald, May 19, 1943

1939-1947 Memorial Register, The Sydney and Northern Territory Memorials
1939-1947 Memorial Register, The Sydney and Northern Territory Memorials

Attestation Form - Harold Metcalf Leask | Attestation Form - Alexander Leask | Attestation Form - Henry Leask
Australian Military Forces, Hospital Ship Centaur, Survivors and Casualties
Holroyd City - Significant People - The Leask Brothers
The Hospital Ship Centaur

The AHS Centaur Attack
Hospital Ship Centaur Discovered Off Queensland Coast
Australian War Memorial - Hospital Ship Centaur

 

Statement by the Prime Minister

LOSS OF AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL SHIP "CENTAUR"

It is with the deepest regret that the Commonwealth Government has learned of the loss of the Australian hospital ship "CENTAUR" and and I know that the news will come also as a profound shock to the Australian people. The attack which took place within a few miles of the Queensland coast bears all the marks of wantonness and deliberation. Not only will it stir our people into a more acute realisation of the type of enemy against whom we are fighting, but I am confident also have this deed will shock the conscience of the whole civilised world and demonstrate to all who may have had any lingering doubts the unscrupulous and barbarous methods by which the Japanese conduct warfare.

To the next of kin of those who are lost the Government and nation extend heartfelt sympathy, which is the deeper since these persons were non-combatants engaged on an errand of mercy and were by all the laws of warfare immune from attack.

The full circumstances of the sinking of the "CENTAUR" are as follows ---

The "CENTAUR" was at 4 o'clock in the morning of Friday, 14 May a short distance off the Queensland coast. The weather was fine and clear and the visibility good. The ship was brightly illuminated in accordance with the Hague Convention. Illuminations in addition to the usual navigation lights consisted of red crosses on each side of the hull, red crosses on each side of the funnel, a large red cross directed upwards on the poop and rows of brilliant bright lights along the side of the hull to illuminate the characteristic green painted band - in this case 5 feet wide - which encircles hospital ships. On board the "CENTAUR" at the time were 332 persons, consisting solely of the ship's crew and medical personnel, including 12 nurses. There were no wounded on board. In all there were only 64 survivors including one nurse. Remaining 268 persons, including members of the ship's crew, nurses and other medical personnel, lost their lives.

Notice of intention to use the "CENTAUR" as a hospital ship, together with particulars of her dimensions, markings and appearance, was communicated by the Commonwealth Government to the Axis powers early this year in the case of Japan on February 5th. In addition full publicity including photographs of the ship was given to the press and particulars were broadcast in news from Australian Radio Stations.

There is therefore no reason to suppose that the Japanese government and the Japanese naval authorities were not fully acquainted with the existence and purposes of this vessel. In all the circumstances the Commonwealth Government is bound to regard the sinking of the Centaur as an entirely inexcusable act undertaken in violation of a convention to which Japan is a party and of all the principles of common humanity. An immediate and strong protest in these terms is being addressed to the Japanese Government, and the country may feel confident that the Government will do its utmost to established right of redress and ensure that the war criminals responsible for this dastardly act are brought to justice.

No. 69P Canberra, 18 May 1943.

 

Sinking of the Centaur - Avenge the Nurses

 
1951 ..........

Douglas Mitchell Fairweather died in Montreal on Jan 3, 1951, at the age of 50. - From Fairweather Family Tree on ancestry.com

 

 

George Aimer, Jr. & Helen and Mary Stewart

 George Aimer, Jr. born Feb 28, 1817
George Aimer, Jr. born Feb 28, 1817,
in a house in Wellgate

George Aimer, Jr. & Helen Stewart

George Aimer Jr. married Helen Stewart (born February 23, 1812, and daughter of Thomas Stewart, Glover) on August 26, 1839, in a house in James Park, Dundee. They had five children: Jean Aimer (b. June, 22, 1840, in Dundee, d. Feb 3, 1905, in Aberdeen), George Aimer (b. June 9, 1842, in Monifieth, d. Nov 23, 1875, in Edinburgh), Thomas Stewart Aimer (b. April 19, 1845, in Dundee, d. Jan 7, 1852, in Dundee), William Paul Aimer (b. April 8, 1849, in Dundee, d. April 29, 1849, in Dundee), and Edmond Baxter Aimer (b. May 19, 1856, in Dundee, d. March 26, 1936, in New Zealand).

Jean Aimer & James Stark | George Aimer & Mary Cowan Kennedy | Edmund Baxter Aimer & Annie Elizabeth Feek

In the 1841 Scotland Census, George Aimer, Jr. was living with Helen Stewart, their daughter Jena and Helen's sister Mary at Hawkhill, Angus.

1841 Scotland Census - Hawkhill, Dundee, Angus
George Aimer, Jr. (son of George and Margaret) with wife Helen Stewart with daughter Jena

Name: George Aimer
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1815
Gender: Male
Where born: Angus, Scotland
   
Civil parish: Dundee
County: Angus
Address: Hawkhill
Occupation: Clerk
Parish Number: 282
Household Members:
Name Age
George Aimer 26
Hely Aimer 25
Jena Aimer 1
Mary Stewert 15

Source Citation: Parish: Dundee; ED: 39; Page:  15; Line: 370; Roll   ; Year: 1841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841. The following information was requested: name, age, gender, profession, and birthplace.

In the Dundee Post Office Directory for 1845, under Broughty Ferry Directory, there is a George Aimer listed as a clerk, Dundee and Arbroath Railway Station, Gray Street.

Aimer, George, clerk, Dundee and Arbroath Railway Station, Gray Street
Aimer, George, clerk, Dundee and Arbroath Railway Station, Gray Street

Mr. George Aimer

Mr. George Aimer
Dundee, Perth and Cupar Advertiser, Friday 15 August 1845


Dundee, Perth and Cupar Advertiser, Friday 23 November 1849

In 1851, George Aimer, Jr., Merchant, was listed in the Dundee Lockit Book

1851 Scotland Census - Liff and Benvie, Angus
George Aimer, Jr. and family and boarders

Name: George Aimer
Age: 34
Estimated birth year: abt 1817
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name: Hellen
Gender: Male
Where born: Dundee, Forfarshire
Parish Number: 282
Civil parish: Liff and Benvie
County: Angus
Address: 71 Magdalen Yards
Occupation: House Proprietor
ED: 85
Page: 21
Household schedule number: 87
Line: 7
Roll: CSSCT1851_63
Household Members:
Name Age
George Aimer 34
Hellen Aimer 39
Jean Aimer 10
George Aimer 8
Thomas Aimer 5
Mary Steward 25
Margaret Christie 17
Jessie Thomson 25
Agnes Walker 23
David Hunter 35
Margaret Davids 32
Thomas Crawford 2

Source Citation: Parish: Liff and Benvie; ED: 85; Page:  7; Line: 21; Roll  654; Year: 1851. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Margaret (Aymer) Christie is George Aimer's neice. After her mother Margaret's death in 1847 (she's buried in the Howff Cemetery), she was raised by her uncle George and Aunt Helen. Her father (a grocer and sometimes spirit dealer) had died in Montrose in 1845.


Magdalen Yards along the waterfront in Dundee

George Aimer & Mary Stewart

Helen Stewart died sometime in 1856. George Aimer, Jr. married Helen's sister Mary Stewart on Aug 18, 1863, in West Hackney, London and Surry, England.

Family Register for George Aimer, Jr's marriage
Family Register for George Aimer, Jr's marriage, August 26, 1839, to Helen Stewart (born July 23, 1812)
in a house at James Park, Dundee, and to Mary Stewart, sister of the above, on August 18, 1863, at West Hackney, London.

George Aimer, Esq. of Easter Newport was identified as one of the "Gentry and People of Independent Means" in Forgan Parish in the 1861 Parochial Directory for Fife and Kinross. http://www.fifefhs.org/Records/Directory/forgan.htm

Jean Aimer & James Stark

Jean Aimer married James Stark (son of William Stark and Isabella Young) on April 27, 1865, in St. Andrews & St. Leonard, Fife. They had one child: William Aylmer Stark (born about 1869). William Aylmer Stark married Lizzie Arabella Rothwell, in Sept, 1899, in Berkshire, England.

James Stark 1838-1922
James Stark 1838-1922
George Aimer's daughter Jean married James Stark April 27, 1865 (Scotlands People & ancestry.com)
Photo from
http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/8809303/person/-811443081?ssrc=

George Aimer & Mary Cowan Kennedy

George Aimer (law clerk) (son of George Aimer and Helen Stewart) married Mary Cowan Kennedy (daughter of John Kennedy and Isabella Robertson) on Sept 10, 1867. They had one child: George born June 8, 1869 in Glasgow and died Oct 25, 1943, in Edinburgh.

George Aimer (son of George Aimer & Helen Stewart)

Apprehension of a Suspected Forger
Apprehension of a Suspected Forger

George Aimer, Jr.'s son George worked as a Law Clerk and was indicted for Forgery in 1870.


Indictment Against George Aimer, Jr. (George the III)

Read the Indictment

George Aimer, Jr.'s son George worked as a Law Clerk and was indicted for Forgery in 1870
Courtesy National Archives of Scotland


Back of above cheque
Courtesy National Archives of Scotland

Forged cheque allegedly written by George Aimer, Jr.'s son George
Forged cheque allegedly written by George Aimer, Jr.'s son George
Courtesy National Archives of Scotland

1871 Scotland Census - Perth Burgh, Perthshire
General Prison for Scotland

Name: George Aimer
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1843
Relationship: Prisoner
Gender: Male
Where born: Birnghtyland, Forfarshire
Registration Number: 387/1
Registration district: Perth Burgh
Civil Parish: Perth Burgh
County: Perthshire
Address: Edinburgh Road - Perth
Occupation: Law Clerk
ED: General Prison For Scotland
Household schedule number: 1
Line: 11
Roll: CSSCT1871_67

Source Citation: Parish: St Andrews; ED: 1; Page:  20; Line: 18; Roll  CSSCT1871_78; Year: 1871. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1871 Scotland Census - Coatbridge, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire
Mary Cowan Kennedy Aimer and son George

Name: Mary Kennedy Armer
[Mary Kennedy Kennedy] 
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1845
Relationship: Daughter
Father's Name: John Kennedy
Mother's name: Isabel Kennedy
Gender: Female
Where born: Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 652/2
Registration district: Old Monkland Middle District
Civil Parish: Old Monkland
Town: Coatbridge
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Colzean Cottage
ED: 20
Household schedule number: 89
LINE: 23
Roll: CSSCT1871_149
Household Members:
Name Age
John Kennedy 69
Isabel Kennedy 64
Isabella Kennedy 34
Agnes Kennedy 32
Mary Kennedy Armer 26
George Aimer 1

Source Citation: Parish: Old Monkland; ED: 20; Page: 20; Line: 23; Roll: CSSCT1871_149. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1871 Scotland Census - Dundee, Forfarshire
George the Forger's younger brother Edmond was attending school in St. Andrews

Name: Edmund B Anner
Age: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1857
Relationship: Boarder
Gender: Male
Where born: Dundee, Forfarshire
Registration Number: 453
Registration district: St Andrews and St Leonards
Civil Parish: St Andrews
County: Fife
Address: Abbey Park
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 1
Household schedule number: 1
Line: 9
Roll: CSSCT1871_78

Source Citation: Parish: St Andrews; ED: 1; Page:  20; Line: 18; Roll  CSSCT1871_78; Year: 1871. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

Edmund Baxter Aimer, c 1874
Edmund Baxter Aimer, c 1874

Apparently, Edmund Aimer left for New Zealand during this "scandal" in the Aimer family. The New Zealand side of the family says, "We always knew that something happened in Scotland that disappointed George II (the father of the forger) very much that had to do with George III (the forger).  It also caused a big falling out between Edmund and his father (either caused by Edmund's decision to go as far away from home as possible, or causing it).  There was hardly any contact between Edmund and his father after he moved to New Zealand except for money sent for the birth of each of his 13 children and a large chunk of money when the father died.  This seems to solve the reason for Edmund's move to New Zealand."

1881 Scotland Census - Edinburgh Newington
Mary Cowan Kennedy Aimer and son George

Name: Mary Aimer
Age: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1846
Relationship: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Lanark, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 685/5
Registration district: Newington
Civil Parish: Edinburgh Newington
County: Midlothian
Occupation: Widow Of Law Clerk
ED: 103
Household schedule number: 76
LINE: 8
Roll: cssct1881_294
Household Members:
Name Age
Mary Aimer 35
George Aimer 11
A T Miller 24
Ralph S Miller 23
Wm Milroy 23
Thos Milroy 16

Source Citation: Parish: Edinburgh Newington; ED: 103; Page: 16; Line: 8; Roll: cssct1881_294. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

In 1901 and 1911 George Aimer was a patient in the West House, Royal Edinburgh Asylum.
Mary Cowan Kennedy Aimer died at the Royal Asylum, Edinburgh, on Aug 4, 1920, at the age of 77.

The Aimer Family of New Zealand

Edmund Baxter Aimer & Annie Elizabeth Feek

Edmund Aimer married Annie Elizabeth Feek on July 25, 1882, in Auchland, New Zealand. They had thirteen children: Mabel Mahala Tautari (Aug 30, 1883 - Feb 24, 1954); Eva Maud (1884-1884); George Edmund Vernon (March 31, 1886 - June 24, 1916); Grace Stewart (June 17, 1888 - Feb 9, 1987); Kenneth Walter (Feb 10, 1890 - Jan 30, 1960); Laura Jean Hinemoa Ena (Feb 7, 1893 - Sept 28, 1974); Alexander Govan (Aug 24, 1894 - Oct 31, 1924); Hilda Maud (June 15, 1896 - Sept 22, 1977); Armorald Zillah (June 13, 1898 - Aug 19, 1975); Roderick William (Nov 8, 1900 - April 11, 1973); Annie Linda (June 26, 1903 - ?); Inez Elizabeth (Feb 14, 1907 - July 20, 1997); and Malcolm Stewart (Oct 31, 1910 - June 17, 1939).

Mabel Mahala Yauturi Aimer & Hugh Dobbie | Grace Stewart Aimer & William John Abbot
Kenneth Walter Aimer & Emilie Lyell Birch | Kenneth Walter Aimer & Alice Walton Haselden
Laura Jean Hinemoa Ena Aimer & Colin Campbell Forgie | Armorald Zillah Aimer & George McKay
Roderick William Aimer & Lucie Mary Winn | Inez Elizabeth Aimer & John Roy Allister Connolly
Malcolm Stewart Aimer & Jennie Watson Ainsworth?

Edmund Baxter Aimer and family in Auchland, New Zealand c 1905
Edmund Baxter Aimer and family in Auchland, New Zealand c 1905
From http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/3562481/person/-1538426563

Mabel Mahala Tautari Aimer c. 1903
Mabel Mahala Tautari Aimer c. 1903
First child of Edmund Aimer and Annie Feek
From http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/3562481/person/-1538426563

Edmund Baxter Aimer and Annie Feek
Edmund Baxter Aimer and Annie Feek

First World War


Three of the Aimer brothers served in WW I

New Zealand Defence Force, Personnel Records

Alexander Govan Aimer | Kenneth Walter Aimer | George Edmund Vernon Aimer

George Vernon Aimer
George Edmund Vernon Aimer

New Zealand Airman Killed, George Vernon Aimer, June 20, 1916
New Zealand Airman Killed, George Vernon Aimer, June 20, 1916
See original article

According to the early rolls for Avondale School, Vernon, Grace and Kenneth Aimer attended standards classes at Avondale School from March 1897 to June 1899, children of Edmund Baxter Aimer and Annie Elizabeth née Feek. The Aimers were living at the Hokianga in 1884, Dargaville c.1888, then Drury by 1895. They must have spent a couple of years here, before moving on to the city and Parnell. Vernon Aimer was a clerk for Cahill & Co from when he was around 14 years old. At the age of 16, he came into strife with a youthful indiscretion when he was found guilty of breaking and entering his employers’ premises in 1903, and served a 12 month sentence. From that low point though he bounced right back.

AN AIRMAN'S DEATH
LIEUT. G V AIMER
A POPULAR AUCKLANDER

Lieutenant George Vernon Aimer, a member of the Royal Flying Corps, who was accidentally killed whilst flying near London on June 22, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs C B [sic] Aimer, of St. Stephen’s Avenue, Parnell. He was born in Hokianga in 1886, and was educated in Auckland. For a time he was employed in the Government Forestry Department at Rotorua, subsequently taking a position in Fiji. Shortly after returning to Auckland, in 1910, he entered the service of the Bank of New Zealand as correspondence clerk, a position he held for about five years. In August of last year he obtained extended leave of absence, and proceeded to England for health reasons. After a short time in hospital he offered his services to the War Office, but they were not accepted, owing to the state of his health. Lieutenant Aimer then studied aviation, and after qualifying for his pilot's certificate, was appointed an instructor at the London Provincial Aviation Co.'s School. Later he again offered his services to the military authorities, and was given a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Since then he had been through a course of instruction in army work at Oxford, and it is believed was receiving further training at one of the War Office's aerodromes when he met with the unfortunate accident which resulted in his death. When in Auckland the late lieutenant was very popular in athletic circles, and had at different times, over a period of eight years, been a member of the St. George's Rowing Club, part of which time he was captain. A brother, Trooper Alexander Goven Aimer, left for the front with the thirteenth reinforcements. - NZ Herald 24 June 1916

- from Avondales School's Marble Roll of Honour, Timespanner.blogspot.ca

World War I Roll of Honour

 

Edmund Baxter Aimer

Edmund Baxter Aimer died on March 25, 1936, and is buried in the Otahuhu Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand.


Death - Edmond Baxter Aimer, March 25, 1936
See original article

Edmund Baxter Aimer Obituary 1936
See original document

Annie Eizabeth Feek

Annie Elizabeth Feek died on Nov 10, 1945, and is buried in the Otahuhu Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand.

In Loving Memory of Edmund Baxter Aimer & Annie Elizabeth Aimer
In Loving Memory of Edmund Baxter Aimer & Annie Elizabeth Aimer
Otahuhu Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
Photo from Billion Graves

 

George Aimer, Jr. and Grace Govan

George Aimer, Jr. married Grace Govan on Feb 13, 1868, in St. Andrews

1871 Scotland Census - St. Andrews, Fife
George Aimer, Jr. and his third wife Grace Govan

Name: George Anner
Age: 54
Estimated birth year: abt 1817
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Grace
Gender: Male
Where born: Dundee, Forfar
Registration Number: 453
Registration district: St Andrews and St Leonards
Civil parish: St Andrews
County: Fife
Address: 16 Queen St
Occupation: Income From House Propertz
ED: 1
Household schedule number: 96
Line: 18
Roll: CSSCT1871_78
Household Members:
Name Age
George Anner 54
Grace Anner 42
Jane Archer 22

Source Citation: Parish: St Andrews; ED: 1; Page:  20; Line: 18; Roll  CSSCT1871_78; Year: 1871. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

George Aimer, Jr.'s son George (the alleged cheque forger) died at Chalmers Hospital, St. Giles District, Edinburgh, on Nov 23, 1875. Cause of death was "brain tumor".

 

1881 Scotland Census - St. Andrews, Fife
George Aimer, Jr. and his third wife Grace Govan

Name: George Aimer
Age: 64
Estimated birth year: abt 1817
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Grace Govan A
Gender: Male
Where born: Dundee, Fifeshire
Registration Number: 453
Registration district: St Andrews and St Leonards
Civil parish: St Andrews and St Leonards
Town: St Andrews
County: Fife
Address: 9 Hope Street
Occupation: Income From Int Of Money
ED: 6
Household schedule number: 59
Line: 14
Roll: cssct1881_125
Household Members:
Name Age
George Aimer 64
Grace Govan A Aimer 50
Jane Herd Mackie 22
Jessie Brown 22

Source Citation: Parish: St Andrews and St Leonards; ED: 6; Page:  15; Line: 14; Roll  cssct1881_125; Year: 1881. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1881 Distribution of Surname Aimer

1891 Scotland Census - St. Andrews and St. Leonards, Fife
George Aimer, Jr. and his third wife Grace Govan

Name: George Aimer
Age: 74
Estimated birth year: abt 1817
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Grace
Gender: Male
Where born: Forfarshire, Dundee
Registration Number: 453
Registration district: St Andrews And St Leonards
Civil parish: St Andrews
County: Fife
Address: 9 Hope Street
Occupation: Living on Private Means
ED: 6
Household schedule number: 77
Line: 17
Roll: CSSCT1891_139
Household Members:
Name Age
George Aimer 74
Grace Aimer 63
Ann Wilson 47
Annie McGregor 27

Source Citation: Parish: St Andrews; ED: 6; Page:  15; Line: 17; Roll  CSSCT1891_139; Year: 1891. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1891 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 5/6 April 1891. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1901 Scotland Census - St. Andrews and St. Leonards, Fife
George Aimer, Jr. and his third wife Grace Govan

Name: George Aimer
Age: 84
Estimated birth year: abt 1817
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Grace
Gender: Male
Where born: Dundee, Forfar
Registration Number: 453
Registration district: St Andrews and St Leonards
Civil parish: St Andrews and St Leonards
Town: St Andrews
County: Fife
Address: 9 Hope St
Occupation: Living On Own Means
ED: 6
Household schedule number: 72
Line: 12
Roll: CSSCT1901_145
Household Members:
Name Age
George Aimer 84
Grace Aimer 72
Mary Scott 46
Georgina Gordon 24
Jeannie Herqusson 34

Source Citation: Parish: St Andrews and St Leonards; ED: 6; Page:  15; Line: 12; Roll  CSSCT1901_145; Year: 1901. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1901 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April 1901. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

9 Hope St. St. Andrews Modern Photo

Grace Govan died on June 24, 1903, in St. Andrews, at the age of 74.
George Aimer, Jr. died on June 29, 1904, in St. Andrews, at the age of 87.

Monumental Inscriptions - Western Cemetery, Dundee
from Angus, Dundee & Broughty Ferry Monumental Inscriptions - Alison Mitchell

George Aimer died St. Andrews June 29, 1904 aged 87
Wife Helen Stewart died October 13, 1856

Children
William Paul died April 29, 1849
Thomas Stewart died January 7, 1852

Wife Mary Stewart died April 18, 1867 aged 46
Son George died Edinburgh Nov 23, 1875 aged 33
Wife Grace Govan died St. Andrews June 14, 1903 aged 75
Sister Eliz Sanderson died Dundee December 30, 1897 aged 78

 

George Aimer's Last Will & Testament
Inventory of the Estate of George Aimer

George Aimer IV, notary public (son of George Aimer and Mary Kennedy), died on Oct 25, 1943, in Morningside, Edinburgh, at the age of 74.

Scotscraig House

Map of Angus showing Scotscraig in 1745
Map of Angus showing Scotscraig in 1745

Scotscraig House c 1881
Scotscraig House (c 1881)
as it would been in the days of George Aimer, Jr.

Scotscraig House just before it's demolition
Scotscraig House just before it's demolition

Chesterfield Sime Aimer & Robert Russell

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