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Pilots Returns for Aberdeen 1854-1910
Researched and recorded by Alex Rogers

As many of my family were Footdee pilots (at the port of Aberdeen ) I am interested in finding out more about them and their way of life. My research led me to the parliamentary papers of 1854, where there are returns for pilotage of all the British ports - including the names and ages of the registered pilots and their assistants. I have identified several family and possible family members here - and thought it would be useful to those who do not have access to the Guildhall Library in London to make the transcripts available on the internet. All of these transcripts were from the Guildhall Library, Manuscripts section, Manuscript Reference 30189.
Please note that the ages are not always accurate - as you trace the pilots through the years you will see some variances from year to year. The records are transcribed as they are, spelling mistakes and date discrepancies as recorded - but I have made notes where I think the records are wrong. The dates are however a very useful indication of the birth year of the men. This was also obviously a very strongly family-orientated profession in Aberdeen , as the same family names keep occurring, and I think most of the same surnames were related to each other.

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 17 - 1870 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

8 Feb 1871 - Captain Pilot William Clark

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

65

John

Allan

45

William

Allan

30

Alexander

Baxter

51

John

Baxter

33

Andrew

Fowler

51

John

Mitchell

37

William

Morrice

40

Kenneth

Robertson

67

Thomas

Walker

23

 

  Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 16 - 1869 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

25 Feb 1870 - Captain Pilot William Clarke

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Alexander

Allan

35

Anthony

Baxter

50

John

Cail

48

Alexander

Fowler

54

George

Fowler

48

William

Guyan

42

John

Guyan

37

John

Main

34

William

Morrice

50

James

Morrice

43

George

Morrice

37

James

Morrice

36

Alexander

Paterson

34

William

Patterson

32

James

Robertson

49

William

Smith

65

William

Smith

63

Charles

Smith

59

Alexander

Smith

42

John

Walker

30

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

64

William

Allan

29

Alexander

Baxter

50

John

Baxter

32

Andrew

Fowler

50

John

Mitchell

36

Kenneth

Robertson

66

John

Smith

33

William

Walker

28

Thomas

Walker

22

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 15 - 1868 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Alexander

Allan

34

Anthony

Baxter

49

John

Cail

47

Alexander

Fowler

53

George

Fowler

47

John

Fowler

31

William

Guyan

41

John

Guyan

36

John

Main

33

William

Morrice

49

George

Morrice

36

James

Morrice

35

Alexander

Noble

30

Alexander

Paterson

33

James

Robertson

48

William

Smith

64

William

Smith

62

Charles

Smith

58

Alexander

Smith

41

John

Walker

29

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

63

William

Allan

28

Alexander

Baxter

49

John

Baxter

31

Andrew

Fowler

49

Alexander

Guyan

36

John

Mitchell

35

Kenneth

Robertson

65

John

Smith

32

William

Walker

27

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 14 - 1867 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

1 June 1868 - Captain Pilot William Clarke

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Alexander

Allan

33

Anthony

Baxter

48

John

Cair

46

Alexander

Fowler

52

George

Fowler

46

William

Guyan

46

John

Guyan

35

Alexander

Guyan

35

John

Main

32

William

Morrice

48

George

Morrice

35

James

Morrice

34

Alexander

Morrice

28

Alexander

Noble

29

James

Robertson

47

Alexander

Salmon

32

William

Smith

63

William

Smith

61

Charles

Smith

57

Alexander

Smith

40

John

Walker

28

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

62

William

Allan

27

Alexander

Baxter

48

John

Baxter

30

Andrew

Fowler

48

John

Fowler

30

John

Mitchell

34

John

Morrice

44

George

Morrice

23

Kenneth

Robertson

64

John

Smith

32

John

Smith

31

William

Walker

26

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 13 - 1866 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

4 June 1867 - Captain Pilot William Clarke

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Alexander

Allan

32

Anthony

Baxter

47

John

Cair

45

Alexander

Fowler

51

George

Fowler

45

William

Guyan

45

John

Guyan

34

John

Main

31

Alexander

Morrice

60

Alexander

Morrice

53

William

Morrice

47

George

Morrice

34

James

Morrice

33

Alexander

Morrice

27

James

Robertson

46

William

Smith

62

William

Smith

60

Charles

Smith

56

Alexander

Smith

39

John

Walker

27

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

61

William

Allan

26

Alexander

Baxter

47

John

Baxter

29

Andrew

Fowler

47

John

Mitchell

33

John

Morrice

43

George

Morrice

22

Kenneth

Robertson

63

John

Smith

31

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 12 - 1865 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

The Pilots mentioned in Parliamentary Paper, No. 243 of 1865, p.71, are still acting. Omit the names of George Allan and William Smith and add that of John Smith, aged 30

6 April 1866 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gauld

(The following table is my extrapolation based on the above figures - AJR)

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Alexander

Allan

31

John

Caie

44

Alexander

Fowler

50

George

Fowler

44

William

Guyan

41

John

Guyan

33

John

Main

30

Alexander

Morrice

59

Alexander

Morrice

52

William

Morrice

46

John

Morrice

41

George

Morrice

33

Alexander

Paterson

30

James

Robertson

45

William

Smith

59

Charles

Smith

55

Alexander

Smith

38

John

Smith

30

William

Smith

30


Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

65

Alexander

Baxter

46

Anthony

Baxter

46

Andrew

Fowler

46

Robert

Hunter

38

John

Mitchell

32

James

Morrice

32

Alexander

Morrice

26

Kenneth

Robertson

62

John

Walker

26


Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 11 - 1864 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

5 June 1865 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gauld

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

59

Alexander

Allan

30

John

Caie

43

Alexander

Fowler

49

George

Fowler

43

William

Guyan

40

John

Guyan

32

John

Main

29

Alexander

Morrice

58

Alexander

Morrice

51

William

Morrice

45

John

Morrice

40

George

Morrice

32

Alexander

Paterson

29

James

Robertson

44

William

Smith

60

William

Smith

58

Charles

Smith

54

Alexander

Smith

37

William

Smith

29

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

64

Alexander

Baxter

45

Anthony

Baxter

45

Andrew

Fowler

45

Robert

Hunter

37

John

Mitchell

31

James

Morrice

31

Alexander

Morrice

25

Kenneth

Robertson

61

John

Walker

25

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 10 - 1863 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

The Pilots mentioned in Parliamentary Paper, No. 264 of 1863, p.93, are still acting

Captain Pilot Alexander Gauld

The table below is thus an extrapolation of the previous figures - AJR

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

58

Alexander

Allan

29

George

Baxter

52

John

Cail

42

Alexander

Fowler

48

George

Fowler

42

William

Guyan

39

John

Main

28

Alexander

Morrice

50

William

Morrice

44

John

Morrice

39

Pearson

Morrice

31

George

Morrice

31

Alexander

Paterson

28

James

Robertson

43

William

Smith

59

William

Smith

57

Alexander

Smith

36

William

Smith

28

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

63

Alexander

Baxter

44

Andrew

Fowler

44

John

Guyan

31

Robert

Hunter

36

John

Mitchell

30

Alexander

Morrice

57

James

Morrice

30

Robert

Morrice

29

Kenneth

Robertson

60

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 9 - 1862 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

Dated 28 May 1863 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gould

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

57

Alexander

Allan

28

George

Baxter

51

John

Cail *

41

Alexander

Fowler

47

George

Fowler

41

William

Guyan

38

John

Main

27

Alexander

Morrice

49

William

Morrice

43

John

Morrice

38

Pearson

Morrice

30

George

Morrice

30

Alexander

Paterson

27

James

Robertson

42

William

Smith

58

William

Smith

56

Alexander

Smith

35

William

Smith

27

* Should be Caie

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

62

Alexander

Baxter

43

Robert

Hunter

35

James

Morrice

29

Andrew

Fowler

43

John

Guyan

30

Alexander

Morrice

56

John

Mitchell

29

Robert

Morrice

28

Kenneth

Robertson

59

Note - the ages do not follow from last year's so either they are inaccurate or were taken at a different time.

 

 



Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 8 - 1861 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

The Pilots mentioned in Parliamentary Paper, No. 243 of 1861, p.85, are still acting
Dated 19 April 1862 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gould
The table below is my extrapolation of the figures from the year before - AJR

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

57

Alexander

Allan

28

George

Baxter

51

Alexander

Fowler

47

George

Fowler

41

William

Guyan

38

Alexander

Main

69

Alexander

Morrice

56

Alexander

Morrice

49

John

Morrice

37

Pearson

Morrice

30

James

Morris *

29

Alexander

Noble

24

Alexander

Paterson

27

James

Robertson

42

William

Smith

58

Charles

Smith

52

Andrew

Smith

52

Alexander

Smith

35

William

Smith

26

* Morris should almost definitely be Morrice

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

62

Anthony

Baxter

45

John

Caie

41

John

Caie

36

Andrew

Fowler

43

John

Guyan

30

John

Main

27

John

Mitchell

29

William

Morrice

42

Kenneth

Robertson

59

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 7 - 1860 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

Dated 29/3/1861 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gould (sic)

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

56

Alexander

Allan

27

George

Baxter

50

Alexander

Fowler

46

George

Fowler

40

William

Guyan

37

Alexander

Main

68

Alexander

Morrice

55

Alexander

Morrice

48

John

Morrice

36

Pearson

Morrice

29

James

Morris *

28

Alexander

Noble

23

Alexander

Paterson

26

James

Robertson

41

William

Smith

57

Charles

Smith

51

Andrew

Smith

51

Alexander

Smith

34

William

Smith

25


Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

61

Anthony

Baxter

44

John

Caie

40

John

Caie

35

Andrew

Fowler

42

John

Guyan

29

John

Main

26

John

Mitchell

28

William

Morrice

41

Kenneth

Robertson

58

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 6 - 1859 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

The Pilots mentioned in Parliamentary Paper, No. 244 of 1859, p.88, are still acting

Dated 14 April 1860 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gauld

The table below is from my extrapolation of the preceding figures

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

55

Alexander

Alleen *

26

George

Baxter

49

Alexander

Baxter

36

Alexander

Fowler

45

George

Fowler

39

William

Guyon

36

Robert

Hunter

33

Alexander

Main

67

Alexander

Morrice

54

Alexander

Morrice

47

Pearson

Morrice

28

James

Morrice

27

Alexander

Paterson

25

James

Robertson

40

William

Smith

56

Charles

Smith

50

Andrew

Smith

50

Alexander

Smith

33

William

Smith

24

* Alleen should be Allan

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

60

Andrew

Baxter

43

John

Brands

42

John

Caie

39

John

Caie

34

Andrew

Fowler

41

John

Guyan

28

John

Main

25

John

Mitchell

27

Kenneth

Robertson

57

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 5 - 1858 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

Dated 29/4/1859 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gauld

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

54

Alexander

Alleen

25

George

Baxter

48

Alexander

Baxter

35

Alexander

Fowler

44

George

Fowler

38

William

Guyon

35

Robert

Hunter

32

Alexander

Main

66

Alexander

Morrice

53

Alexander

Morrice

46

Pearson

Morrice

27

James

Morrice

26

Alexander

Paterson

24

James

Robertson

39

William

Smith

55

Charles

Smith

49

Andrew

Smith

49

Alexander

Smith

32

William

Smith

23


Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

59

Anthony

Baxter

42

John

Brands

41

John

Caie

38

John

Caie

33

Andrew

Fowler

40

John

Guyan

27

John

Main

24

John

Mitchell

26

Kenneth

Robertson

56

 

Guildhall ref 30189 Vol. 4 - 1857 Aberdeen Pilot's Return

Dated 27/3/1858 - Captain Pilot Alexander Gauld

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

George

Allan

53

Alexander

Allan

24

George

Baxter

47

Alexander

Baxter

34

John

Brands

40

Alexander

Fowler

43

George

Fowler

37

William

Guyan

34

Robert

Hunter

31

Alexander

Main

65

Alexander

Morrice

52

Alexander

Morrice

45

Pearson

Morrice

26

James

Morrice

25

Alexander

Paterson

23

James

Robertson

38

William

Smith

54

Charles

Smith

48

Andrew

Smith

48

Alexander

Smith

31

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

William

Allan

58

Anthony

Banter *

41

John

Caie **

32

Andrew

Fowler

39

Alexander

Guyan

38

John

Guyan

26

John

Main

23

John

Mitchell

25

Robert

Morrice

26

Kenneth

Robertson

55

* Should be Anthony Baxter I think

1856 Return of Pilots for Aberdeen

Source - Guildhall Library - Manuscript Section - Reference 30189 Vol. III

NAMES and AGES of all PILOTS etc acting for the above Port

George

Allan

52

Alexander

Allan

23

George

Baxter

46

Alexander

Baxter

33

John

Brands

39

Alexander

Fowler

42

George

Fowler

36

William

Guyan

33

Robert

Hunter

30

Alexander

Main

64

Andrew

Main

52

Alexander

Morrice

51

Alexander

Morrice

44

John

Morrice

34

James

Robertson

37

Charles

Smith

47

Names of the Assistants employed by the Licensed Pilots of the Port:

William

Allan

57

Andrew

Fowler

38

John

Guyan

25

John

Masson

26

George

Morrice

26

Pearson

Morrice

25

Kenneth

Robertson

54

William

Smith

26

1855 Return of Pilots for Aberdeen

Source - Guildhall Library - Manuscript Section - Reference 30189 Vol. II

Return of the NAMES and AGES of all PILOTS and ASSISTANTS Licensed or Authorised to act by the Harbour Commissioners of Aberdeen and of all Pilots of Assistants acting mediately or immediately under such Commissioners, whether so Licensed or not, with the service for which each Pilot or Assistant is Licensed, for the Year ending 31 December 1855.

The following Pilots and Assistants have since ceased to act as such:

George

Caie

50

John

Forbes

38

Alexander

Guyan

43

William

Main

50

William

Main

51

John

Mitchell

26

The following Pilots have been Licensed and Apprentices taken since the date of the previous Parliamentary Return.

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Whether Licensed or Authorised

Service for which Authorised to Act

Apprentices?

Andrew

Main

46

Yes

Pilotage of the Port or Harbour of Aberdeen

See Below

Alexander

Morrice

48

John

Morrice

26

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

Whether Licensed or Authorised

Service for which Authorised to Act

Apprentices?

George

Morrice

30

Employed by the Licenced Pilots of the Port

Pilotage of the Port or Harbour of Aberdeen

None

Person*

Morrice

26

John

Masson

20

* "Person" should be Pearson, I think - AJR

Parliamentary Papers - Return of Pilots 1854 - Aberdeen

Source - Guildhall Library - Manuscript Section - Reference 30189 Vol. I

Return of the NAMES and AGES of all PILOTS and ASSISTANTS Licensed or Authorised to act by the Harbour Commissioners of Aberdeen and of all Pilots of Assistants acting mediately or immediately under such Commissioners, whether so Licensed or not, with the service for which each Pilot or Assistant is Licensed, for the Year ending 31 December 1854.

Pilot's Name

Age last Birthday

Whether Licensed or Authorised

Service for which Authorised to Act

Apprentices?

William

Allan

48

Yes

Pilotage of the Port or Harbour of Aberdeen

None

George

Allan

45

Alexander

Baxter

32

John

Brands

38

George

Caie

50

John

Forbes

38

Alexander

Fowler

40

George

Fowler

30

Alexander

Guyan

43

William

Guyan

33

Robert

Hunter

30

Alexander

Main

56

William

Main

50

Alexander

Morrice

44

James

Robertson

35

Charles

Smith

41

 

Assistant's Name

Age last Birthday

Whether Licensed or Authorised

Service for which Authorised to Act

Apprentices?

Alexander

Allan

22

Employed by the Licensed Pilots of the Port

Pilotage of the Port or Harbour of Aberdeen

None

George

Baxter

33

William

Baxter

35

Andrew

Fowler

36

John

Guyan

28

William

Main

51

John

Mitchell

26

Kenneth

Robertson

48