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James GRAY
Malcolm GRAY


Family Links

1. Elizabeth CALDER

2. Jane Sophia PEAKE

Malcolm GRAY 3

  • Born: 25 Dec 1783, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth CALDER
  • Marriage (2): Jane Sophia PEAKE on 20 Apr 1819 in St Mary, Newington, Southwark, Surrey 1 2
  • Died: 17 Nov 1857, Roeberry, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 6
  • BuriedMale: St Peter, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 4

bullet  Notes:

Malcolm was the youngest son. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 19, became a Mate, but left after the death of his father in 1812 to take over the family farm at Roeberry. In 1819 he married Jane Peake (qv) in London, where he presumably had business dealings. They had six children, all surviving to adulthood. Their eldest son James was a Master Mariner, but drowned at the age of 39 when his ship, the 345 ton "Ocean Wave", was lost in the Bay of Bengal. The next son William was a successful merchant and trader based in Madras in India. He built Roeberry House (above Roeberry Farm) in 1861, but died in Colombo in Ceylon in 1868. The third son Malcolm joined the Navy, and died in Portsmouth from TB when he was 23. None of the three elder sons married. The next son was John (qv), followed by two daughters: Ann who married John Mortimer and emigrated to Australia, where her husband was initially a farmer, then employed by the Customs Department in Melbourne; and Elizabeth, who married Robert Thomson, a widower who was a Master Mariner based in North Leith in Edinburgh. Robert's three sons by his first marriage all worked as Master Mariners for the shipping line William Thomson & Co.

Additional source:
Gray, P. (2004) Howe Saga. Bristol: Hoxa Press.


Malcolm had a relationship with Elizabeth CALDER. (Elizabeth CALDER was born in 1797 in South Ronaldsay, Orkney 7 8 and died on 22 Mar 1867 in Grimness, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 9.)


Malcolm next married Jane Sophia PEAKE, daughter of William PEAKE and Ann, on 20 Apr 1819 in St Mary, Newington, Southwark, Surrey.1 2 (Jane Sophia PEAKE was born on 23 Jan 1790 10, christened on 14 Mar 1790 in St George the Martyr, Southwark, Surrey,11 died on 1 Apr 1868 in South Ronaldsay, Orkney 12 and was buried in St Peter, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 4.)



1 Church Register, St Mary Newington, LMA ref X097/411.

2 Marriage allegation, Vicar General 17-4-1819, SoG Mf.

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

4 Monumental Inscription, St Peter, South Ronaldsay.

5 Census, 1851 Census (ScotlandsPeople) - GROS 029/007 006.

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

7 Inference, Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 029/00 0014.

8 Census, 1851 Census (ScotlandsPeople) - GROS 029/00 009/00 016.

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

10 Church Register, St George the Martyr Southwark, LMA ref X092/032 (baptism).

11 Church Register, St George the Martyr Southwark, LMA ref X092/032.

12 GRO (Scotland), Death ScotlandsPeople GROS 029/00 0010.

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