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Family of Donald BANKS and Charlotte CALDER

Husband: Donald BANKS (1804-1863)
Wife: Charlotte CALDER (1820-aft1881)
Children: Margaret BANKS (1849- )
Donald BANKS (1851-1892)
George BANKS (1853-1871)
Margaret BANKS (1856- )
Marriage 2 Sep 1848 Dunnet Parish, Caithness1

Husband: Donald BANKS

Name: Donald BANKS2
Sex: Male
Father: Donald BANKS (c. 1760- )
Mother: Margaret COOPER (1763- )
Note: Donald was a member of the 42nd foot - which was part of the Black Watch. Presumably invalided out, hence the reference to Chelsea Pensioners.
From the National Archives at Kew Ref No WO/97/576/25
1824-1847 Donald Banks, Born Dunnet, Served 42nd Foot Regiment, Discharged aged 41 years.3
Birth 20 Jun 1804 Dunnet Parish, Caithness4
Christening 23 Jun 1804 (age 0) Dunnet Parish, Caithness
Occupation Farmer, Chelsea pensioner.
Death 18 Jan 1863 (age 58) West Dunnet5

Wife: Charlotte CALDER

Name: Charlotte CALDER
Sex: Female
Father: Donald CALDER (1788-1876)
Mother: Margaret NICOLSON (1791-1882)
Note: Recorded in 1881 census as widowed, crofter in West Dunnet, age 58 - where
It looks like she has a 5 year old adopted child (Jessie Scott) from Edinburgh living with her, recorded as a scholar. There is no sign of her in the 1891 or 1901 census and so far no sign of a death certificate or a definite birth record.

There is a Charlotte Calder recorded as born 19 Apr 1820 in Dunnet to Donald Calder and Margaret Nicolson - but that doesn't fit with being 58 in the 1881 census. It does however fit with her eldest children being called Margaret and Donald (which was also her husband's name) and is therefore a strong candidate.

She is in the 1841 census age 15!

And the 1861 census age 37.
Birth Apr 1820
Baptism 14 Apr 1820 (age 0)
Death aft 1881 (age 60-61)

Child 1: Margaret BANKS

Name: Margaret BANKS
Sex: Female
Note: Looks like she died young as a later child is named Margaret
Birth 3 Jul 1849 Dunnet Parish, Caithness
Christening 15 Jul 1849 (age 0) Dunnet Parish, Caithness

Child 2: Donald BANKS

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Donald BANKS, 1891, age 40, Thistlebank1891

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Spouse: Mary Ann CORMACK, 27 Trinity Crescent (2)

Name: Donald BANKS6
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary Ann CORMACK (1853-1924)
Cause of Death: Drowned
Children: Donald BANKS (1882-1951)
Helen Thompson BANKS (1883- )
David Cormack BANKS (1885- )
Charlotte Calder BANKS (1887- )
Henry Sutherland Cormack BANKS (1889- )
Note: Died age 40 - recorded in Marine Register.
His ship was the Ashbank, which went missing after setting sail from Algoa bay in South Africa bound for Newcastle in New South Wales.
He was recorded as the 1st Mate - while other family records have suggested he was a captain - I suspect this was wishful thinking - or perhaps he had achieved the qualification without the post. The captain of this particular ship - a four steel masted barque - was J. Oates. It was one of three sister ships built for ANDREW WEIR SHIPPING & TRADING CO. LTD (BANK LINE) in 1891. It was built in Greenock by Russell & Co.

From http://www.red-duster.co.uk/AWEIR3.htm
Ashbank 1891 Tonnage - 2292 length - 278.6 beam - 42.0 draught - 24.2 The first of three steel 4-masted barques built for the Pacific grain trade by Russell & Co., the Ashbank went missing on a voyage from Algoa Bay to Newcastle,NSW in May 1892.

Gowanbank 1891 2288 278.0 42.0 24.2 The second sister was abandoned near Cape Horn in April, 1896 whilst on a voyage from Barry to Iquique.

Thistlebank 1891 2430 283.7 42.9 24.2 The third sister was sold on in 1914 and sunk by German U-boat, U-24, on 30th June 1915 during a voyage from Bahia Blanca to Queenstown. See picture in multi-media records.


Recorded in 1891 Census as David.

At some point lived at 7 Forth Place, Leith

In the 1861 census he is recorded at his grandparent's Donald and Margaret Calder.
Birth 8 Jun 1851 Caithness
Christening 8 Jun 1851 (age 0)
Occupation 1st Mate
Residence 1881 (age 29-30) 5 Victoria Place, Leith
5 Victoria Place, Leith
Residence 1891 (age 39-40) 7 Forth Place, Leith7
7 Forth Place, Leith
Death 31 May 1892 (age 40) At sea. Ship called Ashbank disappeared on a voyage from Algoa Bay in South Africa to Newcastle, NSW.8
Cause: Drowned

Child 3: George BANKS

Name: George BANKS
Sex: Male
Note: 1861 census has him aged 7. Informant of death was his aunt, Ann Cormack
Birth 13 Sep 1853 Dunnet Parish, Caithness
Christening 18 Oct 1853 (age 0) Dunnet Parish, Caithness
Death 28 Jan 1871 (age 17) 12 Union Street, Edinburgh

Child 4: Margaret BANKS

Name: Margaret BANKS9
Sex: Female
Note: Birth certificate incorrectly records mother as Margaret Calder - should of course be Charlotte
Birth 17 Feb 1856 Dunnet, Caithness9
Residence 1871 (age 15) 11 Albany Street, Edinburgh10
11 Albany Street
Living there with her cousin Ann Elder

Note on Husband: Donald BANKS

Donald was a member of the 42nd foot - which was part of the Black Watch. Presumably invalided out, hence the reference to Chelsea Pensioners.

From the National Archives at Kew Ref No WO/97/576/25

1824-1847 Donald Banks, Born Dunnet, Served 42nd Foot Regiment, Discharged aged 41 years.3

Note on Wife: Charlotte CALDER

Recorded in 1881 census as widowed, crofter in West Dunnet, age 58 - where

It looks like she has a 5 year old adopted child (Jessie Scott) from Edinburgh living with her, recorded as a scholar. There is no sign of her in the 1891 or 1901 census and so far no sign of a death certificate or a definite birth record.

 

There is a Charlotte Calder recorded as born 19 Apr 1820 in Dunnet to Donald Calder and Margaret Nicolson - but that doesn't fit with being 58 in the 1881 census. It does however fit with her eldest children being called Margaret and Donald (which was also her husband's name) and is therefore a strong candidate.

 

She is in the 1841 census age 15!

 

And the 1861 census age 37.

Note on Child 1: Margaret BANKS

Looks like she died young as a later child is named Margaret

Note on Child 2: Donald BANKS

Died age 40 - recorded in Marine Register.

His ship was the Ashbank, which went missing after setting sail from Algoa bay in South Africa bound for Newcastle in New South Wales.

He was recorded as the 1st Mate - while other family records have suggested he was a captain - I suspect this was wishful thinking - or perhaps he had achieved the qualification without the post. The captain of this particular ship - a four steel masted barque - was J. Oates. It was one of three sister ships built for ANDREW WEIR SHIPPING & TRADING CO. LTD (BANK LINE) in 1891. It was built in Greenock by Russell & Co.

 

From http://www.red-duster.co.uk/AWEIR3.htm

Ashbank 1891 Tonnage - 2292 length - 278.6 beam - 42.0 draught - 24.2 The first of three steel 4-masted barques built for the Pacific grain trade by Russell & Co., the Ashbank went missing on a voyage from Algoa Bay to Newcastle,NSW in May 1892.

 

Gowanbank 1891 2288 278.0 42.0 24.2 The second sister was abandoned near Cape Horn in April, 1896 whilst on a voyage from Barry to Iquique.

 

Thistlebank 1891 2430 283.7 42.9 24.2 The third sister was sold on in 1914 and sunk by German U-boat, U-24, on 30th June 1915 during a voyage from Bahia Blanca to Queenstown. See picture in multi-media records.

 

 

Recorded in 1891 Census as David.

 

At some point lived at 7 Forth Place, Leith

 

In the 1861 census he is recorded at his grandparent's Donald and Margaret Calder.

Note on Child 3: George BANKS

1861 census has him aged 7. Informant of death was his aunt, Ann Cormack

Note on Child 4: Margaret BANKS

Birth certificate incorrectly records mother as Margaret Calder - should of course be Charlotte

Sources

1"Donald Banks - Charlotte Calder Marriage".
2"IGI records C110362".
3"Donald Banks (son) Death Certificate".
4"IGI records C110362". Assessment: Questionable.
5"Donald Calder sr Death Cert".
6"Mary Ann Cormack - Donald Banks marriage certificate".
7"Banks 1891 census".
8"Donald Banks Marine Register Death Certificate".
9"Margaret Banks Birth Certificate".
10"1871 Census".