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James GRAY
William PEAKE
Malcolm GRAY
Jane Sophia PEAKE
Capt John GRAY


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1. Margaret Spring MORTIMER

Capt John GRAY 2

  • Born: 31 Jul 1825, Roeberry, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 3
  • Christened: 2 Oct 1825, North Parish, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 4
  • Marriage (1): Margaret Spring MORTIMER on 25 Jul 1860 in Banchory Devenick, Kincardineshire 1
  • Died: 29 Apr 1903, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 5
  • BuriedMale: St Peter, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 6

bullet  Notes:

John was the youngest son. He went to sea, and was Master of the 575t ship 'Sir Edward Parry' from 1853, which was engaged in the Indian Ocean trade including the transport of migrants to Australia. He married Margaret Mortimer (qv) in 1860 and returned to Orkney, but developed bronchitis and spent some time in the South of France to recover, returning again in 1861. When his brother William died in 1868 John inherited Roeberry in South Ronaldsay, and lived there as a landowner and farmer until he died at the age of 77.

He and his wife Margaret had five children - three boys and two girls. Their eldest son Malcolm joined an Insurance Company in London and married Margaret MacLean, the daughter of a soldier from Mull. Although he inherited Roeberry from his father he did not live long enough to retire to Orkney, and the property was inherited by his wife and children. Their next son was William (qv), who joined the Indian Medical Service. Their youngest son was John, who emigrated to Australia in 1899, and married Lucy Dumaresq, the daughter of a teacher turned farmer who had emigrated from Guernsey. John and Margaret's older daughter Margaret married Andrew Smith, a farmer's son from Fife who was the Minister of Bendochy Parish in Perthshire for over 50 years. Their younger daughter Jane married Arnold Smith, the son of the Minister of Eday in Orkney, who became Minister of Finzean in Aberdeenshire.

Additional sources:
Cox, K. (1979) Call back yesterday. Victoria: Privately published.
Lloyd's Shipping Registers. Guildhall Library


John married Margaret Spring MORTIMER, daughter of Alexander MORTIMER and Margaret SPRING, on 25 Jul 1860 in Banchory Devenick, Kincardineshire.1 (Margaret Spring MORTIMER was christened on 13 Mar 1827 in St Nicholas, Aberdeen,7 died on 16 Nov 1899 in South Ronaldsay, Orkney 8 and was buried in St Peter, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 6.)



1 GRO (Scotland), Marriage ScotlandsPeople GROS 251/01 0006.

2 GRO (Scotland), Birth ScotlandsPeople GROS 029/00 0050 (son William).

3 Church Register, North Parish, South Ronaldsay, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990513 (baptism).

4 Church Register, North Parish, South Ronaldsay, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990513.

5 GRO (Scotland), Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 029/00 0014.

6 Monumental Inscription, St Peter, South Ronaldsay.

7 GRO (Scotland), OPR Birth ScotlandsPeople GROS 168/A00 0210 0380.

8 GRO (Scotland), Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 029/00 0033.

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