Leicestershire Antills and Connected Families

Roots mainly in the Mountsorrel and Rothley area, but have spread to Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand

PERSTON, James

Male 1800 - 1838  (38 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name PERSTON, James 
    Born 3 Sep 1800  Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • SP PERSTON JAMES MATHEW PERSTON/ELISABETH REID FR1868 (FR1868) M 03/09/1800 644/1  200 32 Glasgow
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Merchant 
    • Deceased bef 11 Jul 1859
    Died 7 Sep 1838  at sea off Farne Islands, Northumberland on the FORFARSHIRE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Presumed drowned - no body recovered 
    • Survivors of shipwreck rescued by Grace Darling and her father.
    Person ID I86640  Leicestershire Antills & Connected Families
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2018 

    Father PERSTON, Mathew,   b. 5 Feb 1750, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1833, Thornwood, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother REID, Elizabeth,   b. 5 Nov 1766, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1837, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 7 Sep 1795  Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Find My Past (Scotland Marriages 1561-1910)
      SP PERSTON MATHEW ELISABETH REID/FR2982 (FR2982) 07/09/1795 644/1  270 195 Glasgow
    Family ID F23330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ROBERTSON, Janet,   b. 22 Jan 1804, Lanark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1875, Montevideo, South America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1825  Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • PERSTON JAMES JANET ROBERTSON/FR6739 (FR6739) 14/02/1825 644/1 400 320 Glasgow
    Children 
     1. PERSTON, Matthew John,   b. 22 Feb 1826, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1872, Sealey Street, Thames, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     2. PERSTON, Dr William Augustus MD,   b. 5 Jun 1827, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1878, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. PERSTON, Catherine Somervell,   b. 4 Apr 1829, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1833  (Age 4 years)
     4. PERSTON, James Dick,   b. 9 Dec 1830, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1860  (Age 29 years)
     5. PERSTON, Elizabeth Reid,   b. 26 Jul 1833, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. PERSTON, Isabella Ocella,   b. 9 Aug 1835, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1838  (Age 2 years)
     7. PERSTON, Janet Ann,   b. 3 Dec 1836, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1907, Wellington House, Chew Magna, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     8. PERSTON, Isabella Jane,   b. 12 Apr 1838, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1926, 4 Hopetoun Street, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F23695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):JACOBUS PERSTON f. n. 3tius Matt: Arm: de Broomhil Glasguae
      Merchant in Glasgow. Brother of 7918, 7925, 11216; father of 14279, 14364.
      The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow From 1728 to 1858, Addison (1913) entry 8983. Year: 1813.

      Perston, James, merchant, of J and M Perston, manufacturers, 72 George Street, [admitted as] Burgess and Guild Brother, as younger son of Matthew Perston, [merchant], Burgess and Guild Brother, 27 November 1823.
      The Burgesses & Guild Brethren of Glasgow, 1751-1846, ed. James R. Anderson, Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh, 1935, page 343.

      From: http://www.gracedarling.co.uk/Casualties.html

      LIST OF CASUALTIES OF SS FORFARSHIRE, 7 SEPTEMBER 1838

      A list of some reported names. Estimated number of casualties 43. Many were never recovered.

      Casualties

      Capt John Humble, age 57?

      Captain of SS Forfarshire. Born in North Shields. Captained the steamer Neptune between Hull and Newcastle; Eclipse between Newcastle and Leith, then the Forfarshire, between Hull and Dundee. Drowned

      Mrs Humble

      Capt John Humble's wife, travelling on-board. They had a married daughter, Ann, born in Blyth 1804. Also a son (a painting of Capt Humble with his son hangs in the Olde Ship Inn, Seahouses). Drowned

      Rev John Robb of Dunkeld, age 39

      Born Lamington, Lanarkshire 23 September 1798. Ordained as minister at Dunkeld Cathedral 14 June 1834 where a plaque commemorates his death with these words: "To the memory of Rev John Robb, who on a voyage for the benefit of his health, perished by the wreck of the Forfarshire steamer off the Fern Islands." Died on the wreck. Buried in Bamburgh churchyard.

      Master James Dawson, age 7

      Son of Mrs Sarah Dawson. Died from exposure on Harcar Rock. Buried in Bamburgh churchyard (unmarked grave).

      Miss Matilda Dawson, age 5

      Daughter of Mrs Sarah Dawson. Died from exposure on Harcar Rock. Buried in Bamburgh churchyard (unmarked grave).

      Mr John Gallaher (or Gallagher)

      Steerage passenger, age 40. Originally from Ireland. Lived in Dundee His body was found in the wreck, three days later. Buried in Bamburgh churchyard (unmarked grave).

      Mr William Douthy   

      Crew member: Fireman. Washed up on shore three weeks and one day after the ship was wrecked. Body found near Monk's House, between Seahouses and Bamburgh, prompting a second inquest. Buried in Bamburgh churchyard (unmarked grave).

      Uncle of Ruthven Ritchie
      Mr Ritchie? Cabin passenger. Drowned

      Mr Bell

      Cabin passenger. Factor to Lord Kinnoul. Travelling with the Ritchies. Drowned

      Mrs Patrick from Hull                              

      Cabin passenger. Wife of a master mariner. "Wife of Captain Patrick of the Clara".

      Mrs Robert Alison of Dundee

      (Listed as "Mrs Ellison, wife of the Comptroller of Dundee, Robert Ellison" on the Museum display board). "Of Peasholme, York" [from 'Chronicles Of The Sea' Oct 6, 1838] Drowned

      Mr Alison  

      Son of Mrs Alison, father of Master Alison (or Ellison) "son of Robert Ellison" Drowned

      Master Alison

      Son of Mr Alison, grandson of Mrs Alison (or Ellison) "grandson of Comptroller of Dundee"

      Mr Baxter

      Cabin passenger. A ship master going to visit friends in Dundee. Drowned

      Mr Brown of Perth

      Cabin passenger. Presumed to be son of Mr Brown, ship-builder, Dundee. Drowned

      Mr J McLeod of Glasgow

      Cabin passenger. Partner in McLeod & Davidson. Drowned

      "Mr MacLeod"

      Cabin passenger. Manufacturer of Glasgow. SAME AS ABOVE? OR RELATED?

      Mr John Arnot

      Cabin passenger.  Farmer from Craigie Park, Perth and Pittacher Farm, Crieff. Married Margaret Dick on 8 January 1808. Drowned

      Mr James Perston of Glasgow

      Cabin passenger. A descendant has contacted www.gracedarling.co.uk with this information: Born in Glasgow in 1800. Partner in Perston, Bannatyne, Moir & Company, Glasgow, muslin manufacturers. James had a young family. His brother, Andrew, married Daft Smith Churchill's sister, Mary Cartwright Churchill. Drowned

      Daft Smith Churchill of Nottingham

      Cabin passenger. Manufacturer, age 44. Related by marriage to fellow casualty, James Perston, his sister married James' brother, Andrew Perston. His remains were washed ashore and are interred in a family vault in Nottingham Cemetery. (A film of his Monument can be seen on YouTube which states he was a hosiery manufacturer in the 1830's in Nottingham.)

      Miss Martin of Aberdeen, and one child

      Of 28 St James's Street, Aberdeen. This lady had considerable property on her person; it is said 300 sovereigns, in some part of her dress." Presumed drowned. [from 'Chronicles Of The Sea' Oct 6, 1838]

      John Duncan of Balbrogie, Perthshire

      Passenger or crew (a descendant has contacted gracedarling.co.uk with photos of a family memorial erected in 1842 in the churchyard at Coupar Angus, Perthshire) Drowned.

      John Grant of Louth, Lincolnshire

      (Buried) Embleton. 4 October 1838. "A body apparently of a gentleman supposed to have been on board the steam vessel Forfarshire. His linen was marked 'J.G.'"  [This information from George Carter's google site: 'Soldiers Sailors and Strangers Burials 1800 -']                                                      

      William Grant of Louth, Lincolnshire

      Presumably a relative of the above. [from 'Chronicles Of The Sea' Oct 6, 1838]

      Mr Scott of Dundee

      Drowned [from 'Chronicles Of The Sea' Oct 6, 1838]

      Master Scott, age 7

      Son of the above. Drowned. [from 'Chronicles Of The Sea' Oct 6, 1838]

      "Mr & Mrs Allen and one child" 

      "Said to be from Russia" [from 'Chronicles Of The Sea' Oct 6, 1838] Both drowned.        

      "The body of a man unknown"

      (Buried) Warkworth 23 October 1838. "Supposed to belong to the steam boat Forfarshire, wrecked on the Fern Islands. Age not known"  [This information from George Carter's google site: 'Soldiers Sailors and Strangers Burials 1800 -']

      George Black of Tayport, Fife

      Headstone, discovered by Samuel Simms, a postgraduate student at the University of Dundee in 2016 . Previously unknown, we can now add George Black to the list of confirmed casualites. We have yet to confirm his status as passenger or crew.

      Unknown male

      Crew: Steward

      Unknown female

      Crew: Stewardess

      Unknown male

      Cabin passenger, Russian

      Unknown male

      Passenger or Crew? Cast ashore near Green Hill Rocks (south of Bamburgh)

      Unknown male

      Passenger or Crew? Cast ashore near Green Hill Rocks (south of Bamburgh)

      "Also 4 possible unknown casualties"

      Passengers or Crew?