See also

Family of Donald BANKS and Mary Ann CORMACK

Husband: Donald BANKS


Donald BANKS, 1891, age 40, Thistlebank1891

Wife: Mary Ann CORMACK


Mary Ann CORMACK, 27 Trinity Crescent (2)


Mary Ann CORMACK, 27 Trinity Crescent (1)

Child 1: Donald BANKS

Child 2: Helen Thompson BANKS


Helen Thompson BANKS, 27 Trinity Crescent (1)


Helen Thompson BANKS, 27 Trinity Crescent (2)

Child 3: David Cormack BANKS

Child 4: Charlotte Calder BANKS

Child 5: Henry Sutherland Cormack BANKS

Note on Husband: 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.



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 Wife: Mary Ann CORMACK

Came to Edinburgh when she got married. Mabel's notes said born 1852, parish register says 185313



Charlotte (Lottie) Banks Birth Certificate.


Mary Ann Cormack - Donald Banks marriage certificate.


Banks 1891 census.


Donald Banks Marine Register Death Certificate.


Mary Ann Cormack Birth Record.


Mary Banks Death Certificate Entry.


Donald Banks (son) Death Certificate.


Donald Banks Jr Birth Certificate.


Banks McLeod marriage certificate.


Helen Thompson Banks Birth Certificate.


1901 Census.


1911 Census.


Mabel Bruce, Mabel's notes.