CORR: South Ronaldsay 18 Feb 1853 by Mrs Margaret Wells
F Scot. 6 Pt 20 & 23
BIRTH: Mrs Dorothy Paterson of Deanston Strone, Argyll, Scot.
TITLE: Alexander was called Captain Alex Cromarty recorded by Dorothy to
be born 29 Aug 1838 in N. Ronaldsay
RELATIONSHIP: Alexander and Margaret Ross Cromarty (his daughter, Petina's
husband's mother) were first cousins.
Magnus Cromarty and his wife Margaret Logie married in 1833 had son
Alexander born 29 June 1838 at Stronsay, Orkney which would be first
cousin to Margaret Ross Cromarty. This is the only Alexander Cromarty that fits this description to be a first cousin. Please Check
BETTY: please check the marriage record of Alexander Cromarty to Janet
Rintoul. Alexander was born in 1838 Orkney, Janet in 1845 Alloa Scot
One of their children was born at Leith (Port to Edinburgh) Scot. The
Marriage could be at her town or Edinburgh between 1860-1870
According to Michael Paterson Alex had a brother named William who also was
a sea captain. William had 4 daughters:
Dot - who lived in Peebles near Edinburgh
Bella - maybe short for Isabella
Irene - who was killed in the Tokyo earthquake in 1923.
as well as 4 sons:
Magnus - plus three more
Death of Leith Captain - Sailing Ship Days Recalled: A prominent Leith shipmaster, Captain Alex Cromarty, who retired from sea sevice about 28 years ago, has died at his residence, 51 Summerside Place, Leith, in his 89th year. For over 60 years he was in the service of Messrs Wm. Thomson & Co. owner of the Ben Lines and all his ships. Captain Cromarty belonged to Stronsay. He entered Messrs Thomson & Company's service in 1863 as a second mate and about four years later was appointed shipmaster, being given the command of the sailing ship Annie Laurie. in the course of his career, Captian Cromarty sailed to many parts of the world. He was principally engaged in the Australian and South American trades, and also for a time traded to North America.
About 50 years ago, at a time when large numberers of people were settling in Australia, he frequently carried emigrants there from this country. In those days a voyage to Australia generally occupied about 100 days, and in rough weather, of course, the passage was much more protracted. Leith vessels on that trade were usually away from the home port for about a year on each trip. The last vessel Captain Cromarty commanded was the sailing ship Bencleuch. He retired from the sea services in 1898 and since then was engaged in ship survey work, and he also had charge of the appointment of junior officers for the Ben Line.
Captian Cromarty was the oldest member of Leith Trinity House, and held the pokition of Deputy Master, and he was one of the original members of the Forth Pilctage Authority which was constituted by the Board of Trade.
In January of this year the diamond wedding of Captain and Mrs Cromarty was celebrated