Thursday, 2 June 2011

Napier witnesses: George Macrae

George Macrae was the witness from Grimshader, who gave evidence to the Napier Commission at Keose on 12 June 1883. The 1881 census shows him as a fisherman, married to Margaret, a year younger than himself and six children, Donald (21), Mary (19), John (14), Alexander (12), Angus (9) and Donald (7).

In 1861, George is 27, and living with his parents John and Mary (aged 53). Also there are his siblings Catherine (23), Kenneth (10) and nephew Donald (1). In 1851, George is 17, and staying with his parents in Grimshader. His siblings are Evander (19), Catharine (13), Kenneth (3) and Christiana (23).

The last reference in the currently available censuses is in the 1901 census, which shows George and Margaret aged 66, a daughter in-law and three grand-children. 

George Macrae died on 14 November 1919 at 5 Grimshader, aged 86. His cause of death is quoted as arterio sclerosis and rheumatism. George is the widower of Margaret (nee Macdonald), who had died in 1903, aged 69.

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